Land O’ Lakes High honors ‘Voice of the Gators’

For Land O’ Lakes High School, this year’s ‘Butter Bowl’ will go down as one of the most historic, as the Gators football team finally cracked an eight-game losing streak to crosstown rival Sunlake High School, with a 35-24 home victory. The most enduring moment of the evening, however, came right before kickoff. That’s when […]

This Week

Honoring the anniversary of September 11

Flag-wavers held their flags high, as drivers passing by on U.S. 41 honked their horns in support. The red, white and blue draped with stars has always symbolized America, but on this particular Tuesday, it held a much more significant meaning. It was 17 years to the day of the 9/11 attacks. Local members of […]

Lutz musician keeps busy with multiple instruments, bands

Fred Chandler relishes a good musical challenge. It is why he’s seemingly always working on the craft — whether it be playing in solo and band shows, tinkering with a new instrument, or laying down new tracks in a recording studio. Sometimes, when he wakes up, he has locked, bloody fingers and a hoarse voice […]

New forensics research center expected to boost local economy

Officials are expected to gather together this week to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics in Land O’ Lakes. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is predicting that beyond its other benefits, the new forensics center also will be an economic driver — having wide-ranging impacts on the […]

Wesley Chapel schools earn national PTA distinction

Wesley Chapel’s Double Branch Elementary School and Dr. John Long Middle School each have been named a 2018-2020 National PTA School of Excellence. The National PTA organization has a program with specific criteria, allowing schools around the country to be acknowledged for their service to students. The year-long process includes choosing one of three areas […]

See our state parks, up close, naturally

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced the redesign of the Florida State Parks website. In partnership with Visit Florida, the new parks website features tools and information that will be helpful to the state’s visitors. It also promotes the Florida Park Service, providing visitors with detailed information about all 175 state parks, trails […]

Tampa Bay author pens book to inspire teenage girls

After years of struggling to find her own self-worth, Ashley Wichlenski made it her mission to help teenage girls fighting similar battles. So, she decided to write a book to do just that. ‘The Keeper of My Heart” is Wichlenski’s Christian-based, interactive self-help book that strives to build confidence in girls and help them become […]

Class provides advice on healthy cooking

Shari Bresin understands the challenge of finding the time to prepare healthy foods, while having a busy schedule. Bresin, the Family and Consumer Science agent for the Pasco County Extension Office, said she can relate to that challenge. “I know what it’s like to be on the go,” Bresin said. A class she’s now teaching […]

Planning Commission recommends approval of controversial tower

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a 110-foot observation tower on the south side of St. Joe Road in Dade City. The approval came despite objections from two planning commissioners, as well as county planners, and an area resident and the owner of some adjacent property. The request now goes to the […]

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Delivering an expression of appreciation

When terrorists attacked the United States on the morning of Sept. 11, first responders rushed to the scenes of the attack, with many first responders losing their lives in the quest to save others. The Land O’ Lakes Rotary Club marked the anniversary of those terrorist attacks this year by delivering breakfast to first responders […]

A memorial to honor the victims of 9/11

A 9/11 Memorial Service was held at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills, on the morning of Sept. 11 honored the memory of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The event included local elected leaders and dignitaries, as well as the Zephyrhills High School JROTC Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League Sgt. […]

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This Week (cont)

Rediscovering the fun of fondue

Fondue is more than a recipe — it is a way of cooking that was developed by Swiss peasants back in the 19th century as a way to use hard/dried-out cheeses to make it more appealing. The word fondue comes from a French verb that means to melt or to blend. So, in preparation, the […]

State lawmaker offers overview of past legislative session

This past legislative session — and money flowing into Pasco County from the state’s record $88.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2019 — was the topic du jour for State Rep. Danny Burgess, during a recent appearance at a North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce meeting. Burgess, who represents the House District 38 seat covering […]

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Local Sports

Locals make 2018 NFL rosters

The NFL season is underway and a handful of athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area wound up making rosters, proving themselves worthy throughout training camp and preseason action. Here is a look at the locals now playing at football’s highest level: Janarion Grant, receiver—Baltimore Ravens College: Rutgers University (Piscataway, New Jersey) High School: Pasco […]

Local golfer headed to regional championships

He’s only been golfing competitively for about two years, but Fab Laude has picked up the sport with relative ease. He made the Wiregrass Ranch boys varsity golf team as a freshman last year, developing into one of the Bulls’ top players — and is now one of the better players in the county. But, […]

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Sports – Check This Out

Fall Golf Classic

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce Fall Golf Classic is set for Oct. 12 at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd, Land O’ Lakes. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $85 for an individual, and $290 for a team of four. Registration includes greens fees, […]

Saint Leo athletics announces 2018 Hall of Fame

The Saint Leo University athletics department has announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Eight honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m., inside the boardrooms on University Campus, 33701 State Road in St. Leo. Inductees in the Class of 2018 include: Ernie Robinson ’68 (baseball and […]

Patriot Run is set

The 10th annual Patriot 5K Run/Walk is set for Oct. 13 at 9 a.m., at Carrollwood Day School, 1515 West Bearss Ave., in Tampa. The Patriot Run is a family event sponsored by the school’s Patriot Booster Club. Other racing events include a coed sprint relay between parents and faculty; 1-mile run with obstacles; and […]

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