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...]

Pasco County Farm Bureau advocates for agriculture

Protecting the lush farmland in and near towns, such as Dade City and Zephyrhills, has been the focal point, for decades, of the Pasco County Farm Bureau. The grassroots organization supports the needs of farmers and their produce. The agency is just one within 60 statewide counties that fall under the Florida Farm Bureau – an organization that began more than 75 years ago. Allen … [Read more...]

Randy Maggard wins District 38 seat

Voters have selected Randy Maggard to become their next representative in District 38 of the Florida House of Representatives. Maggard, a Republican, received 9,615 votes, or 55.58 percent of the total in the Special Election held on June 18. His opponent Kelly Smith, a Democrat, received 7,684, or 44.42 percent of the vote. The voter turnout in the contest was 15.24. The district’s … [Read more...]

Pioneer Museum gets new exhibits

Visitors to the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village now will be able to see an up-close look at how blacksmiths and woodworkers mastered their crafts as settlers back in the 1800s and 1900s. Guests will be able to glimpse the tools used back then — whether the craftsmen were pulling forge bellows and shaping hot steel, or operating a foot-powered treadle lathe and turning wood. The … [Read more...]

Dade City turns 130: It’s time to celebrate

Dade City is celebrating its 130th birthday with a series of events this week that include everything from a walking tour, to enjoying a free cupcake, to a scavenger hunt — and more. The week kicked off with events on Monday and Tuesday — which was after The Laker/Lutz News went to press. But, there are other events set for the rest of the week, beginning with a Walking Wednesday tour, set … [Read more...]

Pasco projects in new state budget

Florida’s $91.5 billion budget, approved by the Florida Legislature, includes funding for just two of the projects that Pasco County requested. Legislators approved $1 million for the Land O’ Lakes U.S. 41 beautification project, and $1 million to improve the waterfront at Miller’s Bayou. Dade City received $5 million for the extension of Morningside Drive. While legislators approved the … [Read more...]

Hazel Wells’ mission: To help the less fortunate

Hazel Wells views herself as a “second mother” to disadvantaged residents living in East Pasco County. And, her years of community outreach throughout Dade City, Trilby and Lacoochee are evidence of her commitment. She attributes her charitable drive, partially, to a wish that she’d been more engaged with her own children, as they were growing up. “I realized that I wasn’t the … [Read more...]

Dade City considering retail consultant

The City of Dade City is considering the feasibility of hiring a retail consulting firm — as part of an effort to lure more commercial business and economic development within city limits. City commissioners discussed the issue at length during a May 7 workshop, where they heard proposals from three professional firms for the creation of a retail market analysis and development … [Read more...]

Making a difference through book donations

Book by book, a local teen is trying to do his part to make a difference in the community. As an avid reader himself, 13-year-old Vance Tomasi understands the value of having a broad range of books to choose from. After seeing his younger brother improve his reading during Hillsborough County Public School's annual Summer Reading Camp, Tomasi saw the value of that even more so. At the … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel library to be remodeled this fall

Community locals gathered at the New River Branch Library to learn of Pasco County’s plans to renovate the building’s interior and exterior. The April 25 meeting was also an opportunity for the public to voice any questions, concerns or ideas regarding the project. The library is one of seven branches that will undergo makeovers with funding provided by a general obligation bond … [Read more...]