Honoring those who have gone before

When Vernon Wynn looks across U.S. 41, he can see the final resting place of dozens of his relatives. They’re among the roughly 1,600 people buried in Lutz Cemetery, at the corner of U.S. 41 and Fifth Ave., N .E. The cemetery was established in 1911, and the first person buried there is known only as Mr. Nims, according to local historians. His grave marker is gone, but he is believed to … [Read more...]

Lutz Independence Day has tradition, flair

The atmosphere was festive as thousands converged on the community of Lutz to celebrate the Fourth of July, on a bright, sunshiny day. The event included a 5-K, a 1-mile fun run, a baking contest, a flag-raising ceremony, a baking contest and, the main attraction — a parade.   This Independence Day marked the nation’s 242 birthday, and was the 74th time that Lutz to … [Read more...]

Lutz Guv’na hopefuls face off in amusing debate

The afternoon was hot and sizzling — and so was the 2018 Lutz Guv’na Debate at the Old Lutz School. So much so that the May 19 event ended in a tie, a first in the debate’s long history. Kandy Sinquefield of American BellyDance Studio and returning candidate Jessica Sherman of Pinch A Penny each earned the same number of “votes” (most guests in the audience)— earning a split of a $100 … [Read more...]

Guv’na incumbent looks to defend ‘sash’

With three weeks remaining in the Lutz Guv’na race, incumbent candidate Greg Gilbert is looking to defend the ‘sash.’ Gilbert, the managing owner of Beef O’ Brady’s in Lutz, became last year’s honorary mayor of Lutz, raising more than $1,500. But, with two formidable challengers this year — Jessica Sherman, of Pinch A Penny, and Kori Rankin, of Kori Rankin Photography — winning again won’t … [Read more...]

Lutz Guv’na candidates face off in lively debate

It was a landslide for one first-time Lutz Guv’na hopeful. Jessica Sherman of Pinch A Penny was voted the winner of the Lutz Guv’na Debate, at the Old Lutz School on May 20. She also claimed the debate’s talent contest, appealing to “voters” with her dancing skills (and baked goods). And,  she earned a $100 campaign donation for bringing the most guests — by far— to the fun-filled … [Read more...]

Lutz Guv’na race debate set for May 20

It’s campaign season again — in Lutz, that is. The annual Lutz Guv’na Race is underway. And, it kicks off with the 2017 Guv’na Debate on May 20 at the Old Lutz School, 18819 N. U.S. 41. The event — which runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — is free and open to the public. This year, three candidates will vie to raise the most money for their “campaigns,” with proceeds benefitting local … [Read more...]

‘Welcome to Lutz’ sign goes missing

Jay Muffly, who serves on the Lutz Civic Association, is trying to unravel a mystery, and he’s hoping someone from the public can help. He’s trying to figure out what happened to the “Welcome to Lutz” sign that, until recently, greeted motorists as they entered the community near County Line Road. “My daughter says she thinks it was there, Saturday (on April 22). She thinks. She’s not … [Read more...]

Guv’na candidate increasing fundraising efforts

Greg Gilbert is new to the area — just like his competitor in the Lutz Guv’na race. And just like his rival, Andre Pamplona of Royal Lanes Bowling, Gilbert was urged by by Suzin Carr, the Lutz Guv’na ambassador, to jump into the 2016 race. “She was relentless,” Gilbert said, describing Carr’s encouragement for him to enter the race. “However, it did sound like a lot of fun to do something … [Read more...]

First-time Guv’na candidate enjoying the ‘campaign’

Andre Pamplona is relatively new to the area, having moved to Lutz from Miami just last June. But, that didn’t stop the general manager of Royal Lanes Bowling from jumping into the race to become Lutz Guv’na. Pamplona was first encouraged to run by Suzin Carr, who serves as ambassador for the annual race for the honorary title. Carr is the only one who has been named Guv’na twice in the Lutz … [Read more...]

Lutz Cemetery Association seeks donations

The Lutz Cemetery has been a landmark in the community for a century, but it often goes unnoticed. There’s a group of dedicated volunteers, with the nonprofit Lutz Cemetery Association, who want to make sure that the grave sites within the cemetery off U.S. 41 are not neglected. Donations help pay for upkeep, including mowing grass and maintaining gravesites. Many burial plots over … [Read more...]