Mayor delivers ‘State of Dade City’ address

A newly passed budget and some corresponding reorganization in city hall was a forefront topic for Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez in her annual “State of the City” address at The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce October breakfast meeting, at AdventHealth Dade City. Dade City Commissioners last month passed a $19.3 million budget by 4-1 vote. The 2019-2020 budget is based upon a 7.14 … [Read more...]

Longtime Pasco High school resource officer retires

A longtime Dade City Police Department school resource officer (SRO) won’t be patrolling the halls and campus of Pasco High School anymore. Brian McDougal joined the police department in 1990, straight out of then Pasco-Hernando Community College’s law enforcement academy. The bulk of his service has been spent as a familiar face in local schools. Before his 17-year stint at Pasco … [Read more...]

Police officers help kids start school year in style

Eleven-year-old Jayden Boykin made his way from one aisle to the next, as he went shopping for school clothes with his new buddy – Officer Troy Fulford of the Dade City Police Department. The police officer and fifth-grader were on a mission, to make sure Jayden will look fashionable for his first day back at Rodney B. Cox Elementary School. The pair was among those taking part in the … [Read more...]

Volunteer, and get a taste of the ‘little gold gem’

The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce is looking for community volunteers for the 22nd annual Kumquat Festival scheduled for Jan. 26 in downtown Dade City. More than 30,000 guests are anticipated, including residents from Tampa Bay and surrounding counties, winter residents, tourists and “day trippers.” For the event, downtown Dade City is transformed into a giant marketplace with … [Read more...]

Swearing-in ceremony draws a big crowd

Dade City has a new police chief, but he has a familiar face. James Walters — who has been the acting chief for more than six months — became the department’s official leader at the Aug. 28 Dade City Commission meeting. Walters is replacing former chief Ray Velboom, who retired after a decade of service. The occasion drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 community and business … [Read more...]

Fallen officer cherished for leadership, love, and laughter

The countless who knew Capt. Charles “Bo” Harrison, say they’re better people because of it. And, the superlatives flow freely when people describe what he was like. Here are just a few of those descriptions: Hero. Christian. Father. Brother. Husband. Friend. Leader. Coach. Servant. Great Officer. Integrity. Honorable.. He was “a servant-leader who made a difference to every man, … [Read more...]

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dade City held festivities over the weekend to commemorate the birthday and honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The city had a parade, followed by a unity prayer on the steps of Historic Pasco County Courthouse. That evening there was a banquet, with proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund. Other festivities planned included an MLK Commemorative … [Read more...]

Dade City Police gets a new K-9 team

The Dade City Police Department has a new K-9 team — with Officer Kevin Burns and his new partner Tyke. Burns is a 12-year veteran of the Dade City Police Department. He hit the streets with Tyke on June 5. The city had operated nearly 15 months without a K-9 team. The team was introduced to the public at the Dade City Commission meeting on June 13. The tandem is fresh off a demanding … [Read more...]

Saint Leo names public safety director

Cyrus Brown, a 30-plus year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), has been named Saint Leo University’s executive director of University Public Safety. In this newly created position at Saint Leo, Brown will oversee safety and security for all of the university’s locations, including its more than 40 branch education centers and offices across the states of California, Florida, Georgia, … [Read more...]

Dade City Police seeks new K-9 team

The Dade City Police Department is still searching for a new K-9 team after a recent departure. Chris Stone, a 14-year law enforcement officer, and his K-9 partner, Ryko, worked together for eight years before retiring as a team about three months ago. Stone now works for the Pasco County Fire Department. “We knew (Ryko’s retirement) was coming, but we didn’t know it was coming this … [Read more...]