Laker/Lutz News captures seven Florida Press awards

The Laker/Lutz News brought home a total of seven reporting and photography awards from the Florida Press Association 2018-2019 Weekly Newspaper Contest. Staff photographer Christine Holtzman, and freelance contributors Richard K. Riley and Fred Bellet accounted for five of those awards. Holtzman won first place feature photo for an image she captured of a young girl from Land O’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

Area softball players among best in state

The high school softball season has come and gone, but local athletes are still picking up accolades from their 2019 campaigns. The 2019 Miracle Sports All-State teams were released last month honoring the top players in Florida — and area players were well-represented. Sixteen athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area were recognized, either as first-team, second-team or honorable … [Read more...]

Teen’s mobile app aids in communication

Fourteen-year-old Bradley Rothbaum has already created a mobile app that has attracted national recognition. He didn’t have to go far for the source that inspired this achievement. He developed the app in response to his own health dilemma. Bradley was diagnosed with cancer in March 2017. The condition affected  the chewing muscles in his mouth, and within weeks he began … [Read more...]

Region offers plenty of ‘Independence’ celebrations

Residents within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area will have plenty of options for celebrating the nation’s independence this year. Some festivities are being held before the Fourth of July, some are scheduled on the holiday itself, and there are a couple being held at the end of the holiday weekend. Whether you enjoy watching a parade, like to run, enjoy listening to live music or get a … [Read more...]

Ease of 54/41 traffic congestion in progress

Nightly lane closures are now underway for a project aimed to improve traffic flow at the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54, in Land O’ Lakes. The lane closures began on June 16 and will last until June 21. They are being done from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., to minimize disruption. Construction has been underway since April, to help ease congestion at an intersection used by about nearly … [Read more...]

School district responds to Pasco’s booming growth

As Pasco County’s rapid growth continues, the county school district is constructing a middle school, expanding existing locations, planning future facilities and acquiring new sites. Earlier this month, the Pasco County School Board took initial steps to add a 10-classroom addition at Bexley Elementary School, 4380 Ballantrae Blvd., which just opened in 2017 in a subdivision off State Road 54 … [Read more...]

‘Hop’ing to attract some attention

In The Loop Brewing Company, at 3338 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., is hoping a new mural covering an entire wall will catch the eyes of the thousands of motorists who pass by the brewery on a nearly daily basis. The colorful artwork was created by Vanessa and Juan Parra, of Capco LLC, and their assistants, Ashley Cantera and Cassie Seckman. Peter Abreut, of the brewery, said the stars in the mural are part … [Read more...]

If a hurricane hits, what would your business do?

Residents aren’t the only ones who need to how to respond if water rises, high winds hit or other damage results from tropical storms, hurricanes or other emergencies. Businesses also need a plan that will help them weather the storm, and resume their enterprise as quickly as possible. Brian Ellis, disaster recovery coordinator for the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, recently shared … [Read more...]

ICI Homes Are Selling Fast In Asturia!

ICI Homes is having great success selling new homes in Asturia, a much-desired, master-planned community along the popular State Road 54 corridor in Pasco County. “Sales have been fantastic in Asturia,” said Leah Turner, Tampa sales manager for the builder. “Families love our open and spacious floor plans that feature our unique Florida-lifestyle features, including spectacular great rooms, … [Read more...]

Be Comfortable and Safe If Your Power Goes Out

With Hurricane season officially beginning in just a week, many families are looking at installing a whole house generator to keep their family comfortable and safe in case the power goes out. “Families of all sizes and incomes are installing generators in their homes in case their power goes out due to summer thunderstorms and hurricanes,” said Miguel Silva, plumbing manager for Cornerstone … [Read more...]