The results are in from this year’s Pigz in Z’Hills

Besides being a place where the community can gather to listen to music, enjoy some barbecue and have a good time — the Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival also draws serious contenders for its barbecue competition. This year’s 10th annual festival, which drew about 11,000 people, on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18, was no exception, according to a news release from The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber … [Read more...]

Pigz in Z’Hills to celebrate its 10th year

The largest event in Zephyrhills is gearing up for its 10th anniversary — with a few more fixins’. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce’s annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest is set for Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Community Venue, 5200 Airport Road, Zephyrhills. Admission is free, but parking is $10. To kick off its 10th year, festivities have been … [Read more...]

Economic summit to focus on industrial hub

Local business and government leaders in Zephyrhills will join together for an event that will spotlight the city’s industrial corridor and ongoing efforts to cultivate high-wage manufacturing jobs. The third annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit is scheduled for Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Zephyrhills City Hall, 5335 Eighth St., in Zephyrhills. The summit primarily will focus on the … [Read more...]

Collaboration creates connectivity

The opening of the State Road 56 Extension between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills has a personal benefit for Alora Butler, a student at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. She said the new road segment will cut her 30-minute commute to school in half. It also reduces the time that the Zephyrhills resident spends on the road, to get to leisure activities or do … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills considers fire department merger

After nearly 60 years of operation and tradition, the Zephyrhills Fire Department may soon be absorbed by Pasco County Fire Rescue. As funding and staffing issues mount within the city’s fire department, the Zephyrhills City Council on July 1 unanimously directed city staff to begin formal negotiations to consolidate the local agency with Pasco County Fire Rescue. If the merger occurs, … [Read more...]

Thousands turn out for barbecue and blues

The results are in, and the eighth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival drew a crowd of more than 12,000, according to festival organizers. The event, held Jan. 20, at the festival venue at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, featured blues music, award-winning barbecue, and vendors offering goods and services. The Ed Wright Duo, The Doug South Band, The Legendary JCs, Chuck Riley’s … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills economic summit will focus on health care

An economic summit is coming to Zephyrhills next month, with a primary focus on offering solutions to the needs of the medical community — which represents the largest percentage of the city’s workforce. The inaugural Zephyrhills Economic Summit — organized by the Zephyrhills Economic Development Coalition (ZEDC), in partnership with the City of Zephyrhills and The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills chamber ‘pays it forward’

The seventh annual Pigz and Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest is over, but its community impact lingers on. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce earmarked more than $19,000 in scholarships and donations during its annual “Pay it Forward” dinner on Feb. 23, at the Silverado Golf and Country Club. The post-barbecue banquet celebrates volunteers’ efforts during the Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills plans to buy property next to City Hall

The conceptual plan of a new City Hall complex in Zephyrhills has taken another step forward. The city council unanimously authorized city manager Steve Spina and city attorney Matt Maggard to negotiate the purchase of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter building, at 5325 Eighth St. The .16-acre property, appraised at $71,200, sits on two lots measuring 50-by-140 feet. The … [Read more...]

Festival offers smokin’ good time

Sunny weather, tasty barbecue and upbeat tunes combined to attract people from all over to the seventh annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ and Blues Fest. Locals and nonlocals alike arrived in droves on Jan. 21 at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport for an afternoon where sunshine, barbecue smoke and blues’ music set the stage for a good time. Attendance and financial figures weren’t readily … [Read more...]