Pasco County Schools has big plans for 2018

Pasco County Schools expects 2018 to be a busy year for planning, designing, renovating expanding and building new school projects. Among the largest renovation projects are Land O ‘Lakes High School in Land O’ Lakes and Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills. John Petrashek, director of construction services for Pasco County Schools, said he expected the first phase of a massive … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Recalling some top moments in sports for 2017

Coaches were celebrated, state titles acquired and local athletes turned in outstanding performances. The past year brought countless moments and lasting memories in sports, from Lutz and Land O’ Lakes, across to Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. Here’s a look back at some of the top sports happenings from 2017: Florida Hospital Center Ice opens Hockey and ice-skating enthusiasts rejoiced … [Read more...]

Holiday Pops concert creates a warm glow on a cool day

Holiday music filled the air at the Heritage Park complex in Land O’ Lakes on a cool, sunny afternoon on Dec. 10. The Classical Preparatory School hosted The Florida Orchestra Brass Quint for its first-ever appearance in Land O’ Lakes. The Brass Quintet has been performing in the Tampa Bay area for more than 35 years. The audience dressed in warm clothing for the concert, held at Heritage … [Read more...]

Development for Gower’s Corner is one step closer

After more than a year of back and forth negotiations, an application to rezone property at the historical crossroads known as Gower’s Corner got the approval of Pasco County’s local planning agency. The rezoning application has been continued repeatedly since late 2016. But, on Dec. 14 in Dade City, members of the Development Review Committee voted in favor of a project to build up to … [Read more...]

Purple Heart veteran receives new home for the holidays

Army Master Sgt. George Vera and his family have a new home in Land O’ Lakes — which they moved into in plenty of time for the holidays. The home, at 4858 Lago Vista Circle, was given mortgage-free to Vera by Building Homes for Heroes, a nonprofit organization that builds and modifies homes to give to wounded veterans and their families. Vera, his wife, Angela, and their 11-year-old … [Read more...]

Families can find out more about Pine View Middle IB

Families who want to know more about the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Pine View Middle School can attend a community information night. The session is planned for Pine View Middle School, 5334 Parkview Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes, on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Students who are interested in the program, but are not zoned for Pine View Middle School, may apply to attend the … [Read more...]

These pilots soar through the sky — on miniature wings

Radio-controlled model airplane pilots from throughout Florida had a nearly perfect day to fly their aircraft at the 10th annual Bay City Flyers Meet held at Area 52, eight miles north of Land O’ Lakes. The meet, on Nov. 18, attracted 48 registered flyers and about 300 spectators. Admission was a $3 donation per carload. The landing fee for pilots was $10. It was a sunny day, with no wind, … [Read more...]

Thousands get emergency food assistance in Pasco

Thousands of residents from about 14 counties came to the Pasco County Fairgrounds to qualify for emergency assistance in replacing food lost during Hurricane Irma’s power outage. From Nov. 5 through Nov. 8, Pasco County deputies monitored an orderly progression of vehicles that stacked up in both directions along State Road 52, outside Dade City. Traffic moved slowly, but the … [Read more...]

FDOT budgeting future land purchases for 54/41 project

A local task force is expected to make recommendations next year on a traffic fix for the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41, but the Florida Department of Transportation already is budgeting about $32 million for land purchases connected to the project. The funding is slated for fiscal year 2023, as part of the agency’s five-year work plan. The funding for the rights of way for … [Read more...]