Remembering the legacy of Odell Mickens

Odell Kingston Mickens’ legacy as a Dade City educator and civil rights activist endures more than three decades after his death in 1980. When racism and Jim Crow laws denied blacks access to public education during the 1930s, Mickens expanded the outreach of education to black students in Pasco County. When white school boards eventually included black schools into a separate, but … [Read more...]

Missing Zephyrhills plane found six months later

Authorities believe they have solved a mystery that had baffled authorities for months. A hiker reportedly found the wreckage of a plane of a Zephyrhills pilot that has been missing since last April. A plane said to be the Sonex homebuilt airplane flown by Theodore Weiss was located at the Pruitt Trailhead in Dunellon, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. Skeletal remains have been found at … [Read more...]

Housing market up, condo sales down locally

Nearly 15,000 existing homes and condominiums changed hands in the greater Tampa Bay area during April, May and June, showing promising housing market trends despite a drop in overall condo sales. The region — which includes Pasco, Hillsborough, Hernando and Pinellas counties — sold 3,733 condos in the second quarter, down more than 5 percent from the year before. The median sales price, … [Read more...]

Starkey wins presidential award from counties association

Pasco County commissioner Kathryn Starkey was the local winner of the 2014 Florida Association of Counties Presidential Advocacy Award. Starkey received the award for her work with the FAC, especially as it launched its new federal advocacy program, according to a release. Starkey's interest and knowledge of flood insurance issues helped the association convey to Congress why flood insurance … [Read more...]