East Pasco to receive new, upgraded veterans clinic

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in the midst of building a new outpatient clinic in Zephyrhills. As a branch of Tampa’s James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, the facility will be an upgraded replacement to the current Zephyrhills Community Based Outpatient Clinic. It will serve former members of the military. “I’d say accessibility is probably our biggest reason for building a new … [Read more...]

Pasco County under freeze watch Tuesday night

Temperatures are expected to hit freezing levels overnight for parts of Pasco County, prompting the National Weather Service to warn residents to take the appropriate precautions. It is the first freeze of 2014, and will affect not only inland Pasco, but significant portions of Levy and Citrus counties, according to an alert by the weather service. Those places could see a hard freeze with … [Read more...]

HPH Hospice forming affiliation agreement with Chapters Health

HPH Hospice has taken a big step forward to create an affiliation with Chapters Health System, a not-for-profit post-acute health care system headquartered in Temple Terrace. Chapters already affiliates with LifePath Hospice in Hillsborough County and Good Shepherd Hospice in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. The affiliation between HPH and Chapters is expected to be finalized by the end … [Read more...]

TBARTA picks Don Skelton as interim executive director

Don Skelton is the new interim executive director of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority board of directors. He replaces Bob Clifford, TBARTA's first executive director, who resigned to join the engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, according to a release. Skelton has a lengthy career in transportation planning and programs, including serving as secretary of the District 7 … [Read more...]

Region under severe thunderstorm watch

The National Weather Service says a line of strong thunderstorms have formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and are threatening the entire Tampa Bay region — including Pasco and Hillsborough counties — until 8 p.m. Meteorologists with the weather service detected the storms just after 2 p.m. Friday along a line extending from Honeymoon Island near Palm Harbor to Longboat Key. The system was moving … [Read more...]

Union helps Pasco County employees ratify first contract

The Teamsters Local 79 union in Tampa is celebrating its first Teamster contract with Pasco County public employees the group says will represent 1,100 public sector jobs across the county. A one-year contract was ratified by those employees late last week, according to the Teamsters, and covers workers ranging from road and bridge maintenance, to librarians. "We fought to win a strong first … [Read more...]

Missing plane search expands into Brooksville area

As the search for a Zephyrhills pilot and his plane concluded its fourth day, members of Civil Air Patrol's Florida Wing and local officials have pushed their search further south into the Brooksville area. Theodore Weiss was last seen taking off from a social pilot gathering in Dunellon Saturday in his two-seat, single-engine Sonex homebuilt plane, but never made it to the Zephyrhills … [Read more...]

Torch arrives in Wesley Chapel for Special Olympics

The Winter Games in Sochi have ended, but a different set of Olympic athletes are gearing up for opening ceremonies in Wesley Chapel this week. Special Olympics competitors in a variety of sports are expected to participate in the Pasco County Summer Games on Friday at Wesley Chapel High School. The games are affiliated with Special Olympics Florida, the state's chapter of Special Olympics … [Read more...]