Vietnam veteran receives overdue honor

One Vietnam veteran has finally received his long-deserved welcome. The Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary Land O’ Lakes Satellite Club recognized George Voorhes on June 23 as its first recipient of the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Lapel Pin. Voorhes, 82, retired from the army in 1974, following 20 years of service. He served in the Korean War and had three tours of duty in Vietnam, … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes student visits White House, talks science

Not many high-schoolers are like Logan Beatty. The freshman at Land O’ Lakes High School is a member of a select group. He was one of 11 youths nationwide chosen to participate in President Barack Obama’s first-ever Kid Science Advisor program on Oct. 21. The 14-year-old submitted an essay to the White House last spring, outlining the importance of exploring the world’s oceans in … [Read more...]

As Florida goes, so goes the nation…again!

This was an election like no other. Once again, the Sunshine State was at the epicenter of it all. For months on end, Florida was the center of attention in the national and international media, with its 29 Electoral College votes up for grabs — the largest number of any swing state. The candidates visited here over and over. During the last 100 days of the campaign, Trump visited … [Read more...]

Election results defy pollsters and pundits

Donald J. Trump is next president Pasco County voters joined the nation in selecting Donald J. Trump as the United States’ next president in the 2016 general election, while a majority of Hillsborough County voters selected Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had sought to become America’s first female president. Scores of voters took advantage of early voting, but hordes turned out on Nov. 8, … [Read more...]

Florida at the DNC: Witness to History

Last week, the Democrats held their 2016 national convention in Philadelphia — the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection — and formally nominated Hillary Clinton for president and Sen. Tim Kaine for vice president. The Democratic National Convention followed the Republican National Convention, held the week before in Cleveland. Traditionally, the party that occupies the White House … [Read more...]

Honoring Vietnam War veterans for their service

The City of San Antonio received an official Certificate of Partnership from the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as a Commemorative Partner Flag during the city’s commission meeting on June 21. Brig. Gen. Thomas V. Draude, a retired member of the United States Marine Corps, presented the flag and award to the city, according to Lou Rinaldi, who is involved in the commemorative … [Read more...]

Town hall touches on wide range of issues

Residents turned out in droves to a town hall hosted by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, State Sen. Wilton Simpson and State Rep. Danny Burgess. People filled every seat of the Pasco County Commission’s chambers at the Historic Courthouse in Dade City. They sat on extra chairs set up along the aisles. Some stood in the back. And, there were even people sitting in chairs on the dais that are … [Read more...]

Soccer team is golden

With American flags waving, the Land O’ Lakes High School Unified Special Olympics Soccer team boarded a school bus in their first part of their journey to Los Angeles and the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Hopes are high for a 12-member team that is the sole representative of the United States in unified soccer. “It will be beautiful if they bring home the gold,” said Marie Lambert. … [Read more...]

Florida could decide 2016 presidential election

Predictions as to which Republican candidate will come away with the prize of the national party’s presidential nomination is an impossible task this early in the race. But there is no doubt that Florida will be a pivotal state in a hard-fought 2016 election, according to Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political scientist. “There’s not another state in the country that will be … [Read more...]

Congresswoman plans forum to discuss new Cuba relations

Of all the states directly affected by the change in diplomatic policy with Cuba, none are likely affected more than Florida. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, is planning a community forum in early 2015 that she hopes will help community leaders and residents learn more about what those changes mean as President Obama begins to "normalize" relations with Cuba. "We will engage the entire … [Read more...]