Pasco projects win big in 2019 state budget

Gov. Rick Scott signed off on an $88.7 billion state budget for fiscal year 2019, and had a light touch with his veto pen. He cut about $64 million in contrast to the $410 million that was axed from the previous year’s $82.4 billion budget. Pasco County got most of the items on its wish list, including $15 million for the Overpass Road interchange at Interstate 75, and $4.3 million for … [Read more...]

Celebrating the gift of life, at Christmas

Joan Hamm was asleep when she felt an incredible pain in her chest. She woke up, called 9-1-1 and unlocked her front door. Emergency personnel found her, when they arrived, and set into motion a series of actions to save the 77-year-old Dade City woman’s life. Armando Lopez Jr., was watching television in his Hernando County home when suddenly he blacked out. He recalls parts of … [Read more...]

Pasco Economic Development Council honors businesses

The Pasco Economic Development Council honored eight businesses at its 30th annual Banquet and Industry of the Year Awards on Sept. 8. More than 600 community and business leaders attended the event at the Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel. Courtney Robinson, 10News WTSP anchor, emceed the event. The winners, according to information provided by Pasco EDC, were: Ortho … [Read more...]

Weight loss clinic opening in Wesley Chapel

A new weight loss clinic is opening in Wesley Chapel this week. Bayfront Health Medical Group will open a satellite office at 2718 Windguard Circle, Suite 101 in Wesley Chapel. The weight loss clinic will allow Bayfront Health Dade City general surgeon Dr. Naga Thatimatla, also known as Dr. Thati, to consult with Wesley Chapel patients, and have one-night stays post-weight loss surgery. The … [Read more...]

Eighth-grader receives presidential honor

An eighth grade student at Torchbearers’ Christian Academy in Dade City has received a presidential honor for her volunteer work at a local hospital. Fifteen-year-old Savannah Jones was awarded a President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2015 after she spent the summer doing all sorts of tasks at Bayfront Health Dade City. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes citizens who have … [Read more...]

There’s plenty of cheer to spread around this season

If you’re looking for a way to get into a festive mood, you won’t have to look very far. There are loads of celebrations planned throughout The Laker/Lutz News’ coverage area. A familiar community landmark will be decked out again for the holidays for the 19th annual Christmas at the Old Lutz School. Rooms are dressed up with holiday décor and community groups provide … [Read more...]

Seniors flock to Zephyr Park for ‘Snowbird Palooza’

Bird-watchers will find plenty of pigeons in Zephyrhills. But there's another type of bird that's already completed its annual migration to the area: The snowbird. Snowbirds aren't really birds, of course. They're northerners who make their way south and live in the area for several months out of the year. From the winter months through around April, they make Florida their home. And … [Read more...]

Looking for a reason to get health insurance?

The new year is coming, and with it a chance for many people to figure out whether they want to have health insurance for the coming year. Bayfront Health Dade City, however, feels the decision to pick up health insurance is an easy yes — even for people who are generally quite healthy, because no one knows when they might be faced with an accident and need medical care. And without that … [Read more...]

Area events honor veterans on special day

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and those who have put on the uniform to serve this country have a full day ahead of them. Saint Leo University and Two Men and a Truck will deliver items to veterans in local shelters throughout the day Tuesday. The donations will be from a collection drive the school hosted last month including items such as soap, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills hospital delivers big changes, more babies

There is a baby boom hitting Florida Hospital Zephyrhills so large, even administrators are struggling to understand it. Over the past six months, the hospital on U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills welcomed 258 babies into the world, well above projections of just 100 for this point. And they’re not expecting it to let up anytime soon. “There’s a sense that we’re doing a lot here at the hospital, … [Read more...]