Wiregrass Ranch grad leads by example

At Wiregrass Ranch High School, Carly Norman was a senior team captain and standout defender on the varsity girls lacrosse team — helping the program to a 14-2 mark during the 2019 season. She also graduated in the top 10% of her class, with a 4.0-plus GPA. But, it’s her contributions off the field and outside the classroom that proved to be most rewarding. Carly was involved in as … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s walk raises nearly $56,000

More than 500 residents from Pasco County joined the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Starkey Ranch District Park in Odessa, on Oct. 25. Participants raised $55,784 to help pay for care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. The event fell short of its goal of $85,000, but fundraising efforts continue through Dec. 20. “Alzheimer’s is … [Read more...]

Bringing holiday cheer to those in need

A ceremony was held at Keystone Community Church last week to bless the tent where people will be dropping off donations for the holidays. The 9 a.m. event, on Nov. 7, was one of six tent blessings taking place simultaneously across Tampa Bay. About three dozen people gathered at the Lutz event, which kicked off the joint effort of Keystone Community Church and First United Methodist … [Read more...]

Bilirakis helps Pasco secure $500,000 safe schools grant

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has helped Pasco County Schools secure a $500,000 federal grant to help keep students and teachers safe. The funding is part of the STOP School Violence Act, which Bilirakis supported and which became law last year. Bilirakis advocated for Pasco to receive this grant after speaking with Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning, … [Read more...]

Bilirakis helps Pasco secure $500,000 safe schools grant

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has helped Pasco County Schools secure a $500,000 federal grant to help keep students and teachers safe. The funding is part of the STOP School Violence Act, which Bilirakis supported and which became law last year. Bilirakis advocated for Pasco to receive this grant after speaking with Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning, … [Read more...]

Chance conversation leads to permanent memorial

What began as an idea to host a  9/11 Memorial Mile, quickly turned into something bigger because of a chance conversation. In recent years, the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel has been honoring the anniversary of Sept. 11 by serving breakfasts to area first responders and by passing out American flags at Tampa Premium Outlets. This year, the club decided to stage its first run to … [Read more...]

Veteran’s gratitude for new face, new friend

When Veteran Don Clough looks in the mirror, he says he’s now satisfied by what he sees. That’s after undergoing multiple surgeries over the course of the last seven decades. The surgeries were required after he suffered serious facial wounds while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Born on the Fourth of July, the Missouri native felt an obligation to serve his … [Read more...]

Teen’s health struggle makes her a national voice

When Mark and Kelly Dees of Land O’ Lakes decided to name their unborn daughter Hope, it was a sign of their unwavering optimism despite devastating news. What was supposed to be an exciting reveal of their baby’s gender, soon became a moment of sadness after Hope was diagnosed with congenital heart defects. “We were told by the first doctor that she wouldn’t live to see her first … [Read more...]

Congressional aide offers dialogue on veteran issues

Rob Fleege, veterans liaison for U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, recently updated members of American Legion Post 108 and other veterans about what the congressman is doing to address issues facing former soldiers. And, he gave the veterans a chance to share what was on their minds, during a Jan. 12 session at the Harvester United Methodist Church in Land O’ Lakes. Fleege, a veteran himself, … [Read more...]

‘Traditions’ goes on, despite rain

Traditions on the Green didn’t let the forecast of a rainy day wash out the Dec. 1 event. Instead, it shifted from its planned location at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park to  Sanders Memorial Elementary School, at 5126 School Road in Land O’ Lakes. The Rotary Club of Land O’ Lakes, which hosts the free holiday event, made the call to bring the concert indoors — instead of cancelling … [Read more...]