Diverging diamond work moves forward

Work is approaching the halfway mark on the diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 75 and State Road 56. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2022, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials. “We’ve got quite a way to go,” said John McShaffrey, FDOT communications outreach manager in District 7. “Until we get to the point we can convert to the diverging … [Read more...]

Activists bring new life to Moore-Mickens

The Pasco County School District handed over the keys to the new tenants of the Moore-Mickens Education Center effective July 1. The lease is for 30 years at $10 a year. So, now the school’s future is in the hands of a coalition of community activists who founded the nonprofit Moore-Mickens Education Center and Vocational Center Inc. Its legacy already is in place. Moore-Mickens is … [Read more...]

Pasco prepping to ring in a new school year

Teachers headed back to Pasco County Schools this week to prepare for the first day of school on Aug. 15. Opening day is a big deal on every campus every year, but it will be especially meaningful at Wiregrass Elementary School, at 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel because that school is having its “first” first day. The mood across campus during a teacher move-in day last … [Read more...]

Summer programs feed kids

Children who normally eat lunch at school when classes are in session have a free alternative during the summer months. Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties are participating in a summer food service program that provide free lunches and afternoon snacks at numerous sites around each county. The program begins on June 13 and concludes on Aug. 3. The sites are situated in areas where at … [Read more...]

See the Bucs, save a lot of bucks

Football season is starting. That means a fresh start, new players and optimism for the hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It also means your wallet might get sacked if you want to see the team live. The very cheapest game tickets are $30 — and at that price, you'd better have great eyesight or a good pair of binoculars. For a better view, you could easily pay twice that much, or more. The best … [Read more...]

Extended school days lead to parent information nights

Pasco County Schools will host information nights for parents at Lacoochee, Cox and Gulfside elementary schools over the next few days, to share details on how the extended school day is going to work. The sessions are scheduled for Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at Lacoochee Elementary School, 38815 Cummer Road, in Dade City, and at Cox Elementary School Aug. 11 at 6 p.m., at 37615 Martin Luther King Jr. … [Read more...]