Pasco’s early law enforcement days were notorious

Pasco County’s early law enforcement days inspired quite a few dramatic stories. An illegal killing captured headlines during Henry C. Griffin’s tenure as sheriff. During his second term, a mob killed two black men who were being held inside the county’s first jail located near downtown Dade City. Will Wright and Sam Williams had been charged in the murders of Dan Childers and J.B. … [Read more...]

Opening doors of hope for the homeless

The Pasco County Commission has approved funding to renovate a former Boys & Girls Club, and reopen the campus as a navigation center for the county’s homeless population. An administrative building and a teen center, at 8239 Youth Lane in Port Richey, will be refurbished with about $600,000 in federal and state money. The goal is to open the navigation center by mid-2018. The center … [Read more...]

Helpers needed for Stuff the Bus

Efforts are under way to collect and distribute school supplies to Pasco County teachers through the sixth annual Stuff the Bus campaign. The goal is to provide supplies to fulfill requests by Pasco County teachers. “Over 1,000 teachers have signed up for their supplies,” Melinda Velez, manager of Community Impact Initiatives for the United Way of Pasco, said via email. “We are in need of … [Read more...]

Sunny times at SunWest Park

Sandy white beaches and crystal clear water may not be what comes to mind when thinking of Pasco County. But, SunWest Park is all about changing minds with a little fun in the sun. “I think it’s a phenomenal addition to the county’s tourism,” said Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano. “I think it could be considered the focal point. I see a lot of people come here, because everyone … [Read more...]

Pasco’s tourism figures are rising

When the final numbers are in, Pasco County’s tourism manager believes the county will be issuing a report on a record year for the county. “I’m actually probably going to have a record year, once I see September’s numbers. The average daily room rate is up about 10 percent across the board,” said Ed Caum, tourism manager for Pasco County. “It’s pretty exciting.” And, the prospects are … [Read more...]

Bayonet Point hospital CEO participates in Rose Bowl tradition

The Rose Bowl football came on New Year's Day will feature Florida State against Oregon, to see which college team will end up in the national championship game Jan. 12. But the Seminoles won't be the only Florida representative showing up in Pasadena, California. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float … [Read more...]

Schools, sheriff’s office form health pact

Pasco County Schools and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office have signed an agreement to share the school district’s health and wellness centers. “We are very excited about the partnership’s potential and that we are able to expand this very cost-effective, convenient health care program to also benefit the sheriff’s employees,” Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning said, in a release. The … [Read more...]

Trinity hospital planning $15M newborn services expansion

The population growth in Pasco County is not expected to end anytime soon, and Medical Center of Trinity is getting ready now — even if the hospital is just three years old. HCA West Florida, which owns both the Trinity hospital as well as Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, is having its initial meetings with Pasco County officials ahead of a proposed $15 million expansion that … [Read more...]

Cold snap expected tonight, shelters open

With a cold front moving through the area bringing frigid temperatures with it, Pasco County has opened shelters in Port Richey and Hudson for those who might not be able to stay out of the cold otherwise. The shelters are located at Impact Family Church, at 8020 Washington St., in Port Richey, as well as Holy Ground Shelter, 8835 Denton Ave., in Hudson. Both shelters open at 6 p.m. … [Read more...]

Doctor to talk in Hudson about Ebola scare

What's more scary than a witch or a haunted house right now for many people? It's the threat of Ebola, which has now hit the United States in both Texas and New York. But should it be that scary? Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is offering a lecture "Ebola: Facts & Fiction" Nov. 17 at 3 p.m., at the Rao Musunuru Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive, in Hudson. Dr. K.V. … [Read more...]