Lutz shows off its Fourth of July spirit

It may be three-quarters of a century old, but the Lutz Fourth of July Parade showed no signs of slowing down last week. Scores of people came out to this community, north of Tampa, to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Runners endured the morning’s humidity, as they completed the 5K and 1-mile races while being cheered by onlookers. By 8 a.m., pop music blared from the speakers as … [Read more...]

Marilyn Wannamaker leaves a legacy of service

She was a fixture for years at Independence Day celebrations in Lutz, overseeing the annual Cake Bake Contest. She was a regular, too,  at the Christmas House at the Old Lutz School, serving up hot chocolate and doling out cookies. But, those are just a couple of the many, many ways that Marilyn Wannamaker served the community of Lutz. She was deeply involved in the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ … [Read more...]

Region gears up to celebrate nation’s Independence Day

If you’re looking for some fun and patriotic ways to celebrate the nation’s birthday, you’ll find lots of options nearby. The master-planned community of Connerton is hosting its fifth annual “Nation Celebration” on July 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 21100 Fountain Garden Way in Land O’ Lakes. The event will be an old-fashioned neighborhood party, open to the public, featuring a rock wall, … [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...]

It’s time for the Autumn Market at the Old Lutz School

Organizers of Autumn Market Day at the Old Lutz School hope that motorists passing by on busy U.S. 41 will decide to stop and shop for awhile. This year’s Autumn Market Day is set for Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the school grounds at 18819 N. U.S. 41. The event seeks to raise money for upkeep and improvements at a school that is on the National Register of Historic Places and where … [Read more...]

Building the community, one check at a time

After the race for the Lutz Guv’na wraps up every year, the money raised is doled out to local groups and causes. This year the race drew candidates Greg Gilbert of Beef O' Brady's Lutz, Jessica Sherman with Pinch A Penny, and Kori Rankin, of Kori Rankin Photography. Ultimately, Rankin won the Guv’na’s sash. Her stepmother, Jennifer Rankin, won the sash in 2015. The 2017 campaign for the … [Read more...]

Area teenager bowls perfect 300 in North Carolina tournament

Chandler Carr, who got his start bowling at Royal Lanes in Lutz, shot his first sanctioned perfect 300 in the Randy Pedersen 4 Game Sweeper in Shallotte, North Carolina. He achieved the perfect score on Oct. 7 at Planet Fun, helping him to take fifth place in the competition. Carr — whose mom is Suzin Carr, the only person to win the Lutz Guv’na race twice — has done a substantial amount … [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...]

She’s young, but she wants to be Lutz Guv’na

Kori Rankin is not only a first-time Lutz Guv’na candidate — she’s easily the youngest at 21 years old. Her two opponents — Jessica Sherman, of Pinch A Penny, and incumbent Greg Gilbert, of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Lutz — are more than twice her age. But, that hasn't hindered Rankin from holding her own on the campaign trail. During the May 20 Lutz Guv’na Debate at the Old Lutz School, Rankin … [Read more...]

Guv’na hopeful relishes ‘campaign’

Jessica Sherman is off to quite a start in her first bid for the honorary title of Lutz Guv’na. Sherman recently was voted the winner of the Guv’na Debate, held May 20 at the Old Lutz School. There, she claimed victory in the event’s talent contest, and earned a $100 campaign donation for bringing the most guests — friends and family. Now, the Guv’na hopeful has her eye on winning the … [Read more...]