Figure skating heats up in Wesley Chapel

As Tampa Bay becomes synonymous with hockey this time of year, another ice-based sport is heating up in the region. For the first time, the Florida Sports Foundation selected Pasco County to be the host community for the annual Sunshine State Games Figure Skating Championships. The competition took place at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, from May 18 through May 20. The … [Read more...]

Saint Leo lacrosse celebrates its program-best season

Saint Leo University made history in 2006 as the first NCAA lacrosse program in the state of Florida. The university has added another significant notch to its belt — becoming the state’s first lacrosse program to make a national championship appearance. Saint Leo’s men’s lacrosse team squared up on May 27 against Merrimack College in the NCAA Division II Lacrosse National Championship at … [Read more...]

Clinton finds serious Florida challenge from Jeb

If the 2016 presidential election were held today, Floridians would be ready to give the Sunshine State’s 29 electoral votes to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. That is, unless Jeb Bush decides to run. A new survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute said that if both Clinton and the former governor end up representing their respective parties in the presidential race, … [Read more...]

The Laker/Lutz News wins national ad award

An advertisement featuring some happy feet and encouraging readers to keep "a step ahead" was honored by a national contest featuring three newspaper industry groups. The ad, from Family Foot & Ankle Care, won second in Small Space Ad-Black Ink Only, at the 2014 Advertising and Editorial Awards from the Southeastern Advertising Publishers Association, Community Papers of Florida, and … [Read more...]

Farmers markets are growing in numbers locally

Florida may not be the biggest state when it comes to farmers markets, but it — along with other states in the south — are certainly growing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Farmers Market Directory now lists just under 8,300 markets, an increase of 76 percent since 2008. The data reflects continued demand and growth of farmers markets in every region of the country, according … [Read more...]

7-Eleven selling Lutz location, 74 others

The 7-Eleven store at 23434 State Road 54 in Lutz, is one of 75 stations across the country 7-Eleven Inc. is putting up for sale. Robbie Radant, a vice president with the company, said 7-Eleven is cutting loose stores like the Lutz one not because it’s underperforming, but because it no longer fits with its overall goals. “There are many nice sites in this package that simple do not fit … [Read more...]

Scotch Institute in Wesley Chapel offers expertise in ENT, hearing and sleep medicine

In an era when many physicians are joining large multi-specialty groups, Dr. Brett Scotch remains independent as the solo physician of Scotch Institute of Ear Nose & Throat in Wesley Chapel. A board certified physician in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Scotch values the independence that comes with operating his own practice. “I can provide … [Read more...]