Keeping a piece of Dade City history alive

When Jo and Bob Larkin bought the R.D. Sistrunk House at the corner of 14th Street and Church Avenue, they knew they were buying a property with a rich history — that required a lot of work. “We renovated the house completely,” said Jo Larkin, who has a title company and previously owned an antiques shop. Her husband, Bob, who is a builder, said it was the most extensive renovation project … [Read more...]

Dade City Mayor provides ‘state of the city’ talk at chamber breakfast

Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez is bullish on the future of the community she governs. During a recent Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, Hernandez told the audience about newly proposed planned residential developments, to projects aimed at improving the city’s infrastructure and recreational projects, “I am enthusiastic about Dade City,” Hernandez said, addressing the … [Read more...]

Celebrating a day to honor trees

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a formal holiday, it was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska, but tree planting festivals are as old as civilization. The tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life. The idea for Arbor Day in the United States originated in Nebraska City, … [Read more...]

Helping Hurricane Harvey victims

Area churches, and others, are getting involved to help raise money, or collect goods, to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Bishop Gregory Parkes has asked all 81 parishes and missions in the Diocese of St. Petersburg to hold a special collection the weekend of Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, or Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, for the needs of people affected by natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey … [Read more...]

Dade City Youth Council wins statewide photo contest

Reyes Figueroa loves Dade City. And, he appreciates the east Pasco community’s acceptance in celebrating diverse cultures — particularly his Hispanic heritage. Last month, the 17-year-old Pasco High School junior and Dade City Youth Council delegate won first place in the Florida League of Cities’ (FLC) Youth Council Photography Contest. The winning photo, “Cinco De Mayo Parade,” was … [Read more...]

Larkin’s legacy goes beyond ‘tough guy’ reputation

William M. Larkin’s reputation for being a tough character outlasted his lifetime. Known as “The Meanest Man in Pasco County,” some people still recall that moniker applied to the Dade City man, nearly a half century after his death in 1973. Larkin reinforced that image by keeping a single-shot .22 rifle in the gun rack of his truck — a statement that often left a lasting impression with … [Read more...]

Resolve to have fun in 2017

Maybe 2017 is the year that you’re going to have more fun. But, perhaps you want to improve planning your activities, and to get a better handle on your spending, too. The Laker/Lutz News is here to help. Whether you’re new to area, or have lived here for decades, this guide is intended to help you plan fun activities for you and your family, without breaking the bank. January Raising … [Read more...]

Multi-use trail opens along U.S. 301

Get ready for a safer—and steeper — ride. The U.S. 301 Bicycle Pedestrian Trail is complete, allowing for riders to safely navigate through one of east Pasco’s busiest commercial corridors connecting Zephyrhills and Dade City. The 4.5-mile, 10-foot wide trail — built within the existing road right-of-way on the west side of U.S. 301 — extends from Kossik Road to Dade City Avenue. The … [Read more...]

Multi-use trail being built on U.S. 301

A resurfacing project will give motorists a smoother ride along a 6-mile stretch of U.S. 301 — one of Dade City’s busiest commercial corridors. But there is a new travel lane opening for pedestrians and bicyclists, too. Work on the $12.5 million project should be finished by spring 2016. As motorists whiz past on the new asphalt, pedestrians and bicyclists can stroll or pedal along a … [Read more...]

Voters head to polls in Dade City, St. Leo, Zephyrhills

After weeks of campaigning, and in most cases raising thousands of dollars, it's time for voters in Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills to head to the polls and make their choices in three hotly contested races. Angelica Herrera is challenging longtime commissioner Scott Black in Dade City; it's Raphael Davis vs. Commissioner Donna DeWitt in St. Leo, and Alan Knight is going to head-to-head with … [Read more...]