Solemn service marks 9/11

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day people remember for the ordinary details of life — and then the shattering horror of two hijacked planes flying into the World Trade Center in New York. Hijacked planes also struck the Pentagon building, and crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Those acts of terror cost 2,606 people their lives in the Twin Towers. Another 246 died in the four planes, … [Read more...]

Did President Calvin Coolidge have lunch in Dade City?

That’s a local legend, but the facts dispute that claim Not a single historic marker — among more than 50 posted across Pasco County — refers to it, but there’s a longstanding legend that President Calvin Coolidge had lunch at the Gray Moss Inn in Dade City, during his visit to Florida to dedicate Bok Tower Gardens in Polk County. Numerous sources document Dade City’s 126-year … [Read more...]

Clinton finds serious Florida challenge from Jeb

If the 2016 presidential election were held today, Floridians would be ready to give the Sunshine State’s 29 electoral votes to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. That is, unless Jeb Bush decides to run. A new survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute said that if both Clinton and the former governor end up representing their respective parties in the presidential race, … [Read more...]

Florida job growth continues through October

Private-sector businesses in Florida added 32,000 jobs in October, dropping unemployment slightly in the state to 6.0 percent. That still remains slightly above the national unemployment rate of 5.8 percent with the creation of 214,000 jobs across the country. That marks the nation's lowest unemployment levels since July 2008 when President George W. Bush was in office. "As the state's … [Read more...]

Local reaction split on president’s immigration plan

The debate on whether President Barack Obama has the authority to enact his own immigration reform without the help of Congress extends beyond Washington, D.C., and is drawing both criticism and praise from lawmakers here at home as well. But which side each congressman takes depends on what side of the aisle he or she is on. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis waited until Obama's presidential address … [Read more...]

Mayor to Bush 41: Come skydive here … for free

Don't tell President George H.W. Bush that he's 90 years old, or that he struggles to get around on his own. The father of both the 43rd U.S. president and Florida's 43rd governor — who served in the Oval Office himself — likes to celebrate birthday milestones by skydiving, like he did this past week in Maine. Zephyrhills mayor Gene Whitfield was one of many who cheered the president from a … [Read more...]