There’s no shortage of holiday cheer here

The Thanksgiving turkey and all of the fixins’ — and all of the leftovers — are gone. Lucky for you, you’ve got a whole month of holiday happenings available for your enjoyment. Here’s a look at just some of the free and low-cost options being offered in the The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, with a few other regional events tossed in that we thought would give you some holiday … [Read more...]

School supply drives aim to help kids, teachers

Chambers of commerce, businesses, civic organizations, churches and community groups are busy collecting items that students will need once school begins. Some efforts are broad outreach programs, and others involve individual churches. Some seek to help teachers fill their supply cupboards so they won’t have to dig into their own wallets to pay for supplies their students … [Read more...]

BizWalks survey highlights Zephryhills’ market power

As community leaders talked recently with business owners about their job needs, it became clear that many were looking to hire military veterans. But they didn’t know how to get the word out. That disconnect became the first challenge identified in the inaugural BizWalks 2014-15 report, a survey sponsored by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and the Pasco Economic Development … [Read more...]

‘Novel’ treats at this year’s Halloween Howl

Halloween is all about tricks and treats, but treats don't always have to be candy corn, lollipops and chocolate bars. This year's annual Main Street Zephyrhills Halloween Howl on Fifth Avenue will give out what organizers are calling a "novel" treat ... an actual novel. As part of a local reading initiative started by Bee Bully-Free, hundreds of free books will be given away in front of the … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills honors its own for community, commercial service

A dozen awards were handed out during the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Sept. 19, honoring community and business leaders who made a difference over the past year. Goin’ Postal, and founders Marcus and M.J. Price, each were honored for Innovative Business of the Year (for the company), and the Community Service Award (for the couple) during the event at Scotland … [Read more...]

PEDC honors Shops at Wiregrass, Wesley Chapel hospital

One hosts community events, supports charity causes and offers a wide selection of shopping and eating choices. Another created 600 new jobs during its first year of operation and offers leading-edge health care. Both — The Shops at Wiregrass and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel — are among eight recipients of honor during the Pasco Economic Development Council’s 27th annual Industry of the … [Read more...]