Judge enjoys challenges in civil court cases

Judge Kent Compton recently paid a visit to the East Pasco Networking Group —where he discussed his duties in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida. The former Zephyrhills city councilman, and longtime lawyer and prosecutor took up the post in January, after being elected in August 2018. While still settling in, Compton clearly enjoys his new gig at the Historic Pasco County Courthouse … [Read more...]

Choices abound for holiday fun

The holidays are a traditional time for friends and families to gather, and to seek out ways to enjoy the lights, sounds and treats of the season. If you’re looking to have some old-fashioned fun, to be inspired, or relax, there’s likely an option in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area to suit your fancy. Here’s a listing of some of your options. Lutz – Land O’ Lakes Traditions on the … [Read more...]

Miss Alison bids Dade City adieu

Alison Graham has been a mainstay in the Dade City musical community for more than two decades. She operates Graham Music Studios, which offers private lessons and group music lessons. The 50 girls that she coaches are broken into three age groups, and they’re widely known locally, from their appearances at The Pasco County Fair, Church Street Christmas, The Kumquat Festival, Dade City … [Read more...]

Meals on Wheels East Pasco looks to expand reach

Meals on Wheels East Pasco executive director Beth Aker paid a visit to the East Pasco Networking Group’s Nov. 12 breakfast meeting at IHOP in Dade City, to give some updates on the 501c3 nonprofit organization and its upcoming initiatives. Each day, Meals on Wheels East Pasco provides hot, balanced and nutritious meals to seniors, people with disabilities and other members of the Dade City and … [Read more...]

A blast to the Civil War past

Get ready to travel back in time with the Civil War reenactment, “Raid on the Salt Works.” The three-day event will be held at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. A school field trip will take place on Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students and their chaperones can take a self-guided tour at numerous stations, depicting the Civil … [Read more...]

Tourism to keep booming in Pasco County, officials say

Tourism is booming in Pasco County — which reported nearly a million visitors last year. And, the best may be yet to come, according to a presentation by county tourism officials Adam Thomas and Kolby Kucyk Gayson, during a recent Dade City Commission meeting. The county now brands itself as “Florida’s Sports Coast,” with the tagline, “Let’s Play,” in its tourism pitches. Previously, it used … [Read more...]

New Suncoast Parkway projects are being planned

Projects aimed at improving traffic flow on the Suncoast Parkway are included in the Florida Turnpike Enterprise’s tentative work program. Those projects call for adding lanes at the parkway’s intersection with State Road 54, and for connecting the parkway with Ridge Road and with Tower Road. Carol Scott, of the Florida Turnpike Enterprise, highlighted those proposed projects at the Pasco … [Read more...]

Planning Commission supports requested changes

The Pasco County Planning Commission has given its stamp of approval for a number of requests that would affect property use in the central and eastern portions of Pasco County. The Planning Commission makes the final decision on special exception requests, but its decisions can be appealed to the Pasco County Commission. The County Commission has authority over other land use and zoning … [Read more...]

Community rallies support for sick girl

A barbecue fundraiser is planned to help the family of a 5-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer. The family of Baylor Nichols received word in April that the little girl, from Brooksville, has a form of brain cancer known as Diffuse Instrinsic Pontine Gliomas. To add to that devastating news, the girl’s parents, Donnie and Carly, were informed that the … [Read more...]

Loving hands lift up men in need

When Gustavo Cabrera arrived at the Loving Hands Ministries campus in Dade City, he had no idea about the kind of impact it would have on his life. His path to the ministry began while he was in Miami. He had taken up with bad company there and was implicated in a robbery. After the incident, he began a spiritual quest to get his life in order and came across a pamphlet about Loving … [Read more...]