She hopes her ‘simple witness’ will help change lives

Emily Busch plans to spend the next year of her life as a full-time missionary in the Life Teen program in northern Georgia. She’s confident about committing a year of her life to missionary work. “I’m not even a little bit nervous,” said the 21-year-old from Wesley Chapel. “There’s so much peace.” Part of that is because she’s familiar with the program, after spending a summer there … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas, Florida: $2 gas is coming

Georgia and Tennessee have gas stations where prices have fallen below $2 a gallon. And it looks like Florida might not be far behind. Stations in the Jacksonville area reported prices of $2.10 over the weekend, according to AAA. And if prices keep falling at the current rate of 2 cents a day, that area will be at $2 a gallon by the end of the week. "Gasoline prices are plunging with little … [Read more...]

Looking for $2 gas? It might be coming soon

Savings at the gas pump are averaging $10 for every fill-up, yet it doesn't look like gas prices are going to start heading back up anytime soon. In fact, prices crept closer to $2 a gallon this past week, as domestic oil supply is at a three-decade high, and forecast to keep growing. At the same time, the price of oil fell to its lowest level in five years. "Oil prices are plunging because … [Read more...]

Black Friday is coming, and so are more shoppers

Black Friday might be the busiest day of the shopping year, but more and more people are deciding to stay home for the retail holiday and shop online. The AAA Consumer Pulse Holiday Shopping survey found that 46 percent of holiday shoppers will take part in Black Friday sales events the day after Thanksgiving, staying steady from last year. However, 1-in-3 — or 33 percent — will do the majority … [Read more...]

Kauffman Tire planning new store in Wesley Chapel

Central Pasco County is set to get its first Kauffman Tire location with plans to build a 7,600-square-foot location on vacant land along Wesley Chapel Boulevard. Developers are eyeing a 2.3-acre parcel around the area of 28225 Wesley Chapel Boulevard, located next to the Walgreens near where Wesley Chapel Boulevard connects with the northern portion of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The land was … [Read more...]

Low gas prices might push Thanksgiving travel

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and dropping gas prices at the pump could convince many families to take to the road. Gas in Florida dropped another nickel over the past week, bringing the average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded to $2.91, while the national average falls to $2.93. It's the 42nd consecutive day gas prices have dropped nationally, and the 37th in Florida. "Cheap … [Read more...]

National search begins for new PHSC president

With Katherine Johnson set to retire next June, the Pasco-Hernando State College trustees board has launched a national search for who would become the fourth president of the 42-year-old institution. During a meeting in September, the board contracted with Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting of Macon, Georgia, to help in the search. The committee itself is led by Ed Blommel, a trustee … [Read more...]

Drink too much this weekend? Get towed for free

When people plan ahead for that Halloween party, they figure they won't drink very much, so why not drive? That is, until they do drink too much, and now they have to worry about getting home. AAA and Bud Light once again are taking away the fears of driving home drunk this weekend with its Tow to Go service, which will get both a driver and a car home for free, whether they are a AAA member or … [Read more...]

Lower gas here just in time for holiday shopping

Drivers are paying on average 65 cents less per gallon of gas they did just six months ago. And the price at stations around the state — and nation — continue to drop. Gas in Florida checked in at $3.04 over the weekend, down 11 cents from a week ago, and below $3 in many markets, including in and around Pasco County. "We are seeing gas prices falling at an average of 1 to 2 cents a day," … [Read more...]

Missing Zephyrhills plane found six months later

Authorities believe they have solved a mystery that had baffled authorities for months. A hiker reportedly found the wreckage of a plane of a Zephyrhills pilot that has been missing since last April. A plane said to be the Sonex homebuilt airplane flown by Theodore Weiss was located at the Pruitt Trailhead in Dunellon, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. Skeletal remains have been found at … [Read more...]