Escape life’s upheaval at familiar county fair

You don’t need a consumer confidence report to know that the economy is on a rebound trajectory. Instead, just open your eyes to what’s going on in Pasco County, where change, once more, is afoot. You can scarcely swing a surveyor’s plumb bob without whacking evidence of our resurgence. Earth movers are moving earth. Grimy guys with signs are redirecting traffic. New construction is erupting … [Read more...]

Resolve to have fun in 2017

Maybe 2017 is the year that you’re going to have more fun. But, perhaps you want to improve planning your activities, and to get a better handle on your spending, too. The Laker/Lutz News is here to help. Whether you’re new to area, or have lived here for decades, this guide is intended to help you plan fun activities for you and your family, without breaking the bank. January Raising … [Read more...]

Three cheers for state champs

When Pasco-Hernando State College won a state championship last month, there was a lot of cheering. Not just from fans or family members. The cheering actually came from the team itself. Because that's exactly how they won the title – from cheering. The PHSC cheer team won the College Co-Ed Level Six division state title at The American Cheer & Dance Championships for Florida, … [Read more...]

Save some cash at the county fair

Ladies and gentlemen, it's fair season. That means good rides, good entertainment and good food — or bad food, if you're a fitness expert. If they can deep-fry it, you can probably buy it at a fair. The Florida State Fair in Tampa is underway and the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City kicks off at the end of the month. But if you don't catch the one in the middle, you're really … [Read more...]

Big competition: Students prep livestock for fair judging

Land O’ Lakes High School has nice football and baseball fields. But if you go past them, you might see something unusual. Like a barn with livestock, and students training them. “People think we’re crazy,” said sophomore Augusta Browder. “They think we’re just out there rolling around with them (the animals). They don’t think we’re being serious about it.” But they’re not being … [Read more...]

Florida looking for influential women in agriculture

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is looking for nominations for its 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture award. Since 1985, this award has recognized 30 women who have made a significant contribution to Florida agriculture, according to a release. Recipients of the award have come from all parts of the industry, including cattle, vegetables, timber, citrus, row … [Read more...]