Frank Lloyd Wright on display at Florida Southern

Ask most people to name a few famous architects and chances are they’ll say Frank Lloyd Wright. And no one else. His masterpiece home, Fallingwater, 70 miles east of Pittsburgh, his circular Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, his desert gem Taliesin West, outside of Phoenix, and his charming prairie homes in the Chicago suburb Oak Park, are all far from Florida. But, the most concentrated number … [Read more...]

Sunlake falls short of state title bid

They were just one win shy from reaching the Class 7A state tournament. Yet, as the performance in their first-ever region final would indicate, Sunlake’s varsity girls basketball team still has some work to get there. The Seahawks (17-9) — the last girls hoops squad standing in Pasco County — suffered a devastating 66-24 loss to Orlando Edgewater (16-14) on Feb. 17 at Wiregrass Ranch High … [Read more...]

Residents share ideas for improving Zephyr Park

Refurbished tennis courts, state-of-the art playground equipment and an increased presence of law enforcement officers are just a few examples of the many requests local residents have for the redevelopment of Zephyr Park. Dozens of people gathered to offer their ideas for improvements at Zephyr Park, during a May 12 open house at the Alice Hall Community Center. The Zephyrhills Community … [Read more...]

These women love to soar

Whether they’re supporting young girls through scholarships to Space Camp, or honoring women pilots who served in World War II, there’s an organization of women that supports the joy of flying in all of its forms. The group, which calls itself The Ninety-Nines Inc., got its start in 1929. It began when some female aviators wanted to have to a long-distance race, said Marilyn Shafer, of Land … [Read more...]

Mixed local reaction to new defense spending bill

The U.S. House passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act during a lame-duck session, but not all lawmakers are in support. U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, said the bill presented a "troubling dilemma for me and my colleagues." "After speaking with local veterans and military leaders in my community, I cannot vote for reduced benefits and a reduction in a pay raise for our service … [Read more...]

Military museum remembers Pearl Harbor Dec. 7

History is filled with dates schoolteachers want their students to remember. But there is one that no one can forget — Dec. 7, 1941. That’s when Japanese forces conducted a surprise air raid on American military installations at Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor. At the time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said the date would live in infamy, and 73 years later, it’s still being remembered, including Dec. … [Read more...]

Local reaction split on president’s immigration plan

The debate on whether President Barack Obama has the authority to enact his own immigration reform without the help of Congress extends beyond Washington, D.C., and is drawing both criticism and praise from lawmakers here at home as well. But which side each congressman takes depends on what side of the aisle he or she is on. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis waited until Obama's presidential address … [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...]

Foreclosures falling in Florida

For far too long, Florida led the nation when it came to residential foreclosures. But no more. Maryland saw its foreclosure filings explode in October by 30 percent compared to the previous year, and its 5,943 properties in limbo made it the worst in the nation, pushing Florida to No. 2. Yet, one in every 444 properties are in foreclosure, according to Florida Realtors and RealtyTrac. That … [Read more...]

Ross pushing forward controversial Ebola bill

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is against it, but that's not stopping U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross from introducing legislation that would curb flights from countries with outbreaks of the Ebola virus. Ross introduced his bill Wednesday known as the Contain Ebola and Stop the Epidemic — or CEASE — Act of 2014, which would prohibit certain flights from landing in the United … [Read more...]