County marks Ridge Road extension milestone

It was a historic day in Pasco County, as a groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the upcoming construction of the Ridge Road extension. The new stretch of road will give motorists another east-west option through Pasco County, and will provide an additional evacuation route in the event of a disaster. The groundbreaking, held Jan. 13, followed a permit issued in December by the … [Read more...]

This run combats cancer, with love

When Peggy Sherry established Faces of Courage Inc., the idea was to help cancer patients. As a cancer survivor herself, she could empathize. So, she formed a non-profit organization. That was in 2004. The organization, based in Tampa, is geared toward helping cancer patients, and those suffering from blood disorders, as well. The upcoming Run For Love event, set for Feb. 1, … [Read more...]

New subdivision approved off Bell Lake Road

Editor's Note: This story is in the process of being updated, pending County information. A new subdivision for 27 detached residences has been approved on a site of about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The site is about 1 mile east of U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. The main access to the development will be off of Alpine Road. As … [Read more...]

Construction crews busy on area road projects

Anyone who drives around Pasco County on a regular basis knows there aren’t many east-west roads that cut through the county’s vast expanse, and that it isn’t   a bit unusual to have to wait in traffic. There are a number of projects, however, that are in the works, on the drawing board, or have been recently completed that are aimed at making life easier for Pasco motorists. Of course, as … [Read more...]

Pasco announces bus Route 41 service changes

Pasco County Public Transportation has changed services on Route 41 in Land O’ Lakes. The changes, which took effect on Jan. 6, are based on ridership, according to a news release. Here are the changes, in a nutshell: An hourly service is being added to the Central Boulevard/Pasco Utilities complex. Service is ending along Collier Parkway and along the State Road 54 corridor to … [Read more...]

Pasco County ‘hottest county around,’ commission chairman says

When Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore moved to the county in 2007, it was a different place. When he arrived, the State Road 54/56 corridor — with it shopping malls, restaurants, car dealerships, hotels, residential subdivisions, medical offices, state college and industrial development — looked nothing like it does today. The Shops at Wiregrass wasn’t even there yet, recalled … [Read more...]

He helped catch criminals, solve crimes for 50 years

Det. Roger Cockerill — who was instrumental in some of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office’s  largest investigations — has retired from a law enforcement career that spanned a half-century. In Pasco, his work included investigations involving illegal drug trafficking, casino style gambling, prostitution and human trafficking. But his career in law enforcement began in February 1967 at the … [Read more...]

Growth and change are hallmarks at area schools

As 2019 becomes 2020, area schools continue to respond to growth, while also changing academic options available on some campuses. Recently, Superintendent Kurt Browning announced an initiative that will create significant change in West Pasco-area schools to bolster academic performance, but he also outlined some coming projects within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, as … [Read more...]

Troop 33 honors 11 Eagle Scouts

An Eagle Court of Honor celebrated the accomplishments of 11 young men recently at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, in Land O’ Lakes. Each of these members of Troop 33 received the rank of Eagle Scout: Evan Hernandez, Gabriel Vega, Michael Thibeau, Miguel Mockabee, Phillip Morrical, Spencer Huffman, John A. Turbessi, Cesar Arthur Castillo, Ethan Fuhrmeister, Louis Mooney Jr. and Matthew … [Read more...]

Encompass Health plans move to Land O’ Lakes

Encompass Health Corporation has announced plans to bring 179 jobs to Central Pasco. The company, based in Birmingham, plans to build a 37,000-square-foot facility on about 6 acres in the Bexley Community, off State Road 54, in Land O’ Lakes. It plans to locate its Central Business Office there, to provide medical billing and collection services to the company’s hospitals in 25 states and … [Read more...]