Land O’ Lakes students strive for ‘green’ community

For several years the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library has been plagued with massive energy consumption and a sizable electric bill. A group of high schoolers is looking to change that. The Land O’ Lakes High School Green Club, which addresses environmental issues in the community, wants to help the library achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status — the most widely … [Read more...]

Mother of twins dies after casino boat fire; donations sought

A GoFundMe account has been set up to aid the children of Carrie Dempsey. The 42-year-old woman, who lived in Lutz, died Jan. 14, hours after a fire engulfed a casino shuttle boat ferrying about 50 passengers to a casino ship in the Gulf of Mexico. She was the sole fatality among about 15 passengers who needed medical attention, according to news reports. Dempsey leaves behind … [Read more...]

Family seeks help for their 5-year-old son

Priscilla Avila-Posey knew early on her son, Julian, was unique from others. He looks like a typical 5-year-old, but suffers from many severe developmental and medical issues. He has a rare micro-chromosome deletion that has been diagnosed as autism. He is stuck mentally at the level of a toddler. He suffers from mixed expressive receptive language disorder, auditory processing disorder, … [Read more...]

Local student finds freedom, opportunity in U.S.

Wiregrass Ranch High School senior Luis Pereira doesn’t take his freedom for granted. Less than two years ago, his family arrived in Wesley Chapel — after emigrating from Venezuela to seek political asylum in the United States. Since that time, the 19-year-old has managed to be inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars, has won the TEDX Talk competition at Wiregrass and has … [Read more...]

Burglars can’t steal softball league’s spirit

Lutz Softball Inc., formerly known as the Lutz Leaguerettes, isn’t going to let a recent burglary ruin its season. While still picking up the pieces from a March 8 break-in, the league is moving forward with practices and games, as usual. “We are not going to have the girls suffer,” said Mike Cook, president of Lutz Softball. “We’re still going to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off, … [Read more...]

Technology, band march to new fundraising beat

Bake sales, car washes, spaghetti dinners. There’s so many traditional ways to raise money for a good cause. But when the Wiregrass Ranch High School percussion program decided it was time to transform from a strong winter drum line to a premier one, they realized their efforts to raise $25,000 would have to be far from traditional. “I had to recreate our fundraising strategy a little … [Read more...]