Teen’s health struggle makes her a national voice

When Mark and Kelly Dees of Land O’ Lakes decided to name their unborn daughter Hope, it was a sign of their unwavering optimism despite devastating news. What was supposed to be an exciting reveal of their baby’s gender, soon became a moment of sadness after Hope was diagnosed with congenital heart defects. “We were told by the first doctor that she wouldn’t live to see her first … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel Girl Scouts empower other youths

Ask members of Girl Scout Troop 473 what they’ve been up to this past year, and they’ll tell you — they’ve been putting smiles on other kids’ faces. The Wesley Chapel troop, comprised of eight girls, has been working toward getting its Silver Project Award since August of 2017. The award requires 50 community service hours, and the young ladies decided to focus on charitable work that was … [Read more...]

Seeking national glory, one contest at a time

They may be too young to know the ways of the world, but they certainly know their way around it. Several area students have qualified to be semifinalists in the 2016 Florida National Geographic State Bee, earning the right to compete at Jacksonville University on April 1. Area semifinalists and their schools are: Reece Kaplan, Carrollwood Day School Hirsh Kabria, Charlie Walker Middle … [Read more...]

Mansfield Boulevard and Kinnan Street could meet in the middle

Discussions on opening up Mansfield Boulevard in Pasco County’s Meadow Pointe community and linking it to Kinnan Street in New Tampa's K Bar Ranch hit dead-end after dead-end for years. Pasco County and the City of Tampa sparred over how to divvy up road improvements and pay the costs. So, the two roadways that cut through expensive subdivisions on either side of the county line still don’t … [Read more...]

Pasco expands magnet options

Pasco County Schools is expanding its magnet school options beginning next school year, and is holding a series of community meetings to explain the additional options. The district is converting Centennial Middle School, in Dade City, into a STEM Magnet School. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A series of community meetings, with each beginning at 6 … [Read more...]