Hospital visitation limited, elective surgeries canceled

Hospitals across the region are limiting visitors and canceling elective surgeries, as they ramp up preparations to treat increasing cases of people infected by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). As of 11 a.m. on March 23, The Florida Department of Health reported 1,096 confirmed cases of Florida residents and 75 cases of non-Florida residents, for a total of 1,171. Of those, 73 involved … [Read more...]

Pasco advocates for additional lanes on I-275

The Pasco County Commission last week emailed a letter to the Hillsborough County Commission asking that board to support a regional approach to transportation. Specifically, the Pasco commissioners want the Hillsborough board to support the Florida Department of Transportation’s request for an additional lane in each direction on Interstate 275, from north of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. … [Read more...]

Moore-Mickens center may get new life

Two years of negotiations, with a lot of hope and persistence from the community, appears to be paying off for the Moore-Mickens Education Center. The center —historically tied to the first school for black students in Pasco County — was closed in 2015. But, Pasco County School District officials and the nonprofit Moore-Mickens Education Center & Vocational Center Inc., are almost ready … [Read more...]

R.B. Cox Elementary celebrates 90 years

A lot of notable things happened during 1926. Queen Elizabeth was born. A.A. Milne published Winnie-the-Pooh, and Tampa Theatre opened Tampa’s first air-conditioned building, in downtown Tampa. Calvin Coolidge was in the White House at the time, and people could buy a dozen of eggs for 56 cents, a dozen oranges for 34 cents, or a porterhouse steak for 29 cents a pound. It’s also the year … [Read more...]

Group hopes to reopen Moore-Mickens

The Moore-Mickens Education Center may get new life, through efforts by a nonprofit group to lease the center from Pasco County Schools. The center, whose history is tied to the first school for black students in Pasco County, was closed in 2015. Pasco County school officials said the buildings on campus were in disrepair and too expensive to keep open. “It was a big blow, especially … [Read more...]