This crowd was bullish on East Pasco’s prospects

Speakers at the recent “Discover Dade City” symposium cast a spotlight on East Pasco’s development opportunities. The event, held in the conference center at the East Pasco campus of Pasco-Hernando State College, focused on ongoing projects, as well as those on the drawing board and future prospects. The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Greater Tampa … [Read more...]

Pasco shelter offers haven from abuse

Abuse can come in many different forms. It can also be a sensitive issue for victims to divulge, especially if it occurs within their own households. It’s a nationwide problem, and efforts have been made nationally and locally to provide safer environments for adults and children who have been abused. Pasco County is among those striving to improve services for people in this … [Read more...]

Benefit set to help Christopher Starnes

As Christopher Starnes was leaving an establishment in Dade City on a spring afternoon, he expected nothing other than to return home to his family – instead he woke up in a hospital. As he was leaving the business, he was brutally attacked by two men. He sustained a head injury, spent five weeks in a coma and underwent several surgeries to stop internal bleeding. After returning home … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving: Savoring turkey and nostalgia

It’s that time of year again. Turkeys stock home freezers. Plans are made to gather with friends and family — whether they live a few miles away, or across the country. There’s the anticipation of a veritable feast of Thanksgiving football games, and the not-so-subtle signs that Christmas is just around the corner. And, as this day set aside for gratitude approaches, millions of Americans may … [Read more...]

Dade City remembers Chief Raymond Velboom

It was standing-room only at the Army National Guard building in Dade City, as police officers in dress uniform and members of the community turned out to honor the life of the community’s Police Chief Raymond E. Velboom, who passed away on Oct. 27. Velboom’s death, at age 67,  followed a lengthy battle with throat cancer. The celebration of Velboom’s life began with the solemn presentation of … [Read more...]

Dade City author debuts suspense novel

Birth, death, fear, hatred and love are the complexities of life, which all happen to be packed in Penny L. Freeman’s debut novel, “Heartache to Happiness.” The Dade City native has been working on her book for three years, and it has now seen publication through RoseDog Books. The story revolves around Kelsi, a young, pregnant woman whose world is turned upside down when her parents are … [Read more...]

The Civil War visits Dade City

To all history buffs and those curious about learning more on the Civil War, the Pioneer Florida Museum will be recapturing this American era from Nov.16 through Nov. 18. Entitled the “Living History and Civil War Reenactments,” the event begins with a school field trip on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accompanied by a tour guide, students will be able to roam through the museum visiting … [Read more...]

It’s ‘bug’ season in Dade City

The Pasco County Fairgrounds will soon see a swarm of ‘bugs’ outside – Volkswagen Beetles, that is. The Florida Bug Jam is open to spectators on Nov. 10, beginning at 11 a.m., and on Nov. 11, beginning at 9 a.m. More than 700 Volkswagens are expected to be there, with owners convening from across the globe, said Randy Yoho, event promoter. Only about 7 percent of the participants hail from … [Read more...]

Dade City set to give locals a ‘Spook-tacular’ time

The Dade City Woman’s Club will host its first ‘Spook-tacular’ on the evenings of Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. The event will be held on the grounds of the Pioneer Florida Museum, at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. The public event will take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., each day, with an admission charge of $8 and free parking. Guests can attend in costume, and will be greeted with concession … [Read more...]

Dade City teenager enjoys challenge and camaraderie of motorbike racing

For Madison Snider, 831 not only represents her birthdate, it signifies the number of a champion. That’s the number she races under on her motorbike. Racing on the bikes is nothing new for the 13-year-old Dade City native. She began competing when she was 7. Although her father, Wilbur, enjoyed watching bike races on TV, Madison never expressed an interest in learning the sport herself. That … [Read more...]