Region offers plenty of ‘Independence’ celebrations

Residents within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area will have plenty of options for celebrating the nation’s independence this year. Some festivities are being held before the Fourth of July, some are scheduled on the holiday itself, and there are a couple being held at the end of the holiday weekend. Whether you enjoy watching a parade, like to run, enjoy listening to live music or get a … [Read more...]

Player returns to soccer, after 17 broken bones

Jim Harte did not expect Spencer Peek to be playing soccer this year. That’s because the head soccer coach for Carrollwood Day School didn’t see how Peek could recover from the 17 broken bones the teenager sustained in a single-car accident on Aug. 17, 2014. Peek, 16 at the time, broke both arms and legs. He also broke his sternum and pelvis. The accident, occurred near Cheval … [Read more...]

Cheval Cares 5K battles pediatric cancer

When the Peck family joined the Cheval Athletic Club, their daughter Callie was 2. They took an immediate interest in the community's Cheval Cares 5K event to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. It wasn't just a good cause. It was personal. "When we joined there a few years back, (Callie) was bald. It was no surprise to anybody that she had cancer," recalled Callie's mother, … [Read more...]

Steinbrenner’s band needs big bucks for bowl trip

The Steinbrenner High School Band is planning a trip to perform at a college bowl game later this year. To get there, they’ll need hard work and determination. They’ll also need more than $70,000. That’s the cost to accommodate more than 90 people traveling to Memphis, Tennessee, for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, on Dec. 29. “It is a lot of money,” admitted band director Nicole Conte. … [Read more...]