John Gant settles into major leagues

At least one Major League Baseball player calls Wesley Chapel home during the offseason. With pleasant weather and local ties, it’s a no-brainer for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Gant. After all, the 26-year-old Gant spent half his childhood being raised in the area — moving there with his family from Savannah, Georgia, when he was 11 years old. The major leaguer has been back in town … [Read more...]

Vision still needed for Wiregrass sports complex

Pasco County commissioners were introduced to a study that recommends building a multi-use indoor sports complex on parkland near The Shops at Wiregrass. But a more in-depth review between the Tourism Development Council and the commissioners will have to wait for a public workshop slated for late October or early November. At the Sept. 22 commissioners’ meeting, Charlie Johnson, president … [Read more...]

Staples closing leads searches on LakerLutzNews.com

Thousands of Web travelers found their exit off the Information Superhighway to LakerLutzNews.com thanks to search engines this past year, but what exactly lead them here in the first place? Apparently, it was all about the closing of Staples. Not long after LakerLutzNews.com started publishing daily stories to complement the print stories found each week in our papers, reporter Michael … [Read more...]

Money raised: Major baseball complex one step closer to reality

It's not as expensive as he pitched to business leaders in Wesley Chapel late last month, but James Talton is moving forward with his proposed baseball complex in the Wiregrass Ranch area he says will put Pasco County on the baseball map. Talton secured $23 million to build the 19-field complex, and once paperwork is finalized, will add another $11 million from Pasco's tourist tax to make the … [Read more...]

In Print: New baseball, new schools, a new rivalry?

On a Wiregrass Ranch site where Pasco County officials had once dreamt about a massive tennis complex, developer James Talton has put together a new dream. And with a little help from the county — about $11 million worth — he might be able to make plans for a massive baseball complex come true instead. Talton is ready to take on more than 100 acres not far from Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel to … [Read more...]

Sheffield pitching Wesley Chapel to the Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves aren’t making a trip to the postseason this year, but could they instead be planning a trip to Pasco County in a few years? Like for spring training? Gary Sheffield, the retired Major League Baseball star who hit 64 home runs when he played two seasons for the Braves more than a decade ago, believes his old team will come. And if not them, maybe the Houston Astros or … [Read more...]