Residents discuss potential funding options

Pasco County commissioners want to know if residents enjoy their parks and libraries enough to pay higher taxes for “quality of life” services. Three community forums, in Hudson, Dade City and Land O’ Lakes, were held to get public input on the matter. Residents also have an opportunity to complete a 45-question survey on how to pay for parks and libraries. A series of survey questions, for … [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...]

Food relief site at Pasco fairgrounds

A federal emergency food relief program found a new location, and set new dates, to aid qualifying residents who lost food during Hurricane Irma. Applications will be taken Nov. 5 through Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. Similar events have been staged in counties in the Tampa Bay area that have drawn tens of thousands of … [Read more...]

Pasco County seeks new location for food relief

Pasco County commissioners don’t want a replay of the overwhelming crowds and hours-long waits that hampered efforts in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties for residents seeking to qualify for disaster food relief following Hurricane Irma’s destruction. So, on Oct. 16, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles prepared to send a letter to the Florida Department of Family and Children Services … [Read more...]

These pint-size Olympians were a big hit

The Pee Wee Olympics, at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Center, was one of those events where everyone seemed to be having fun. The competition, held on April 30, was geared toward children 5 and under. It gave youngsters who are too young to compete in organized recreational sports a chance to test their skills in 12 Olympic-style events in the gym. Of course, the events were scaled … [Read more...]

Bell Lake and Collier to get turn lanes

Road crews will start work within the next month to construct new turn lanes at Bell Lake Road and Collier Parkway. County officials say the redesign will ease traffic congestion. But, area residents are more than a little skeptical that anything short of a traffic light will solve congestion problems. About 50 people brought their concerns to an Aug. 25 public meeting at the Land O’ … [Read more...]

Gimme five: Youth receiver a bowl participant … again

For the fifth year in a row, wide receiver Dean Patterson has been named an All-American by the Offense-Defense instructional football camp. He’s also been hand-selected to participate in the organization’s Bowl Week festivities, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando at the end of the year. Even though he’s used to the invitation by now, he still admits to some jitters before he steps onto the … [Read more...]

In Print: The beauty of art, politics, nature

Megan Burgess likes to do many things young women her age do. She likes to paint, and create. But Megan, 21, also is a low-functioning autistic. She has trouble communicating verbally, which makes it hard for her to express herself in ways others practically take for granted. But she does look forward to hearing to the Land O' Lakes Recreation Center where she knows she'll have a chance … [Read more...]