Staples closing leads searches on LakerLutzNews.com

Thousands of Web travelers found their exit off the Information Superhighway to LakerLutzNews.com thanks to search engines this past year, but what exactly lead them here in the first place? Apparently, it was all about the closing of Staples. Not long after LakerLutzNews.com started publishing daily stories to complement the print stories found each week in our papers, reporter Michael … [Read more...]

In Print: A hospital for Connerton, and a chat with St. Nick

An area has come into its own when it has added a hospital. And Connerton has taken a huge step in that direction. Pasco County's Development Review Committee has given an initial approval on the second phase of Connerton's overall project — and that includes early plans for a 150-bed hospital. "What we're doing right now is securing approval of the entitlement limits so that can decide … [Read more...]

The Laker staff shares holiday memories

Anyone picking up the print edition of The Laker/Lutz News this week will find a little something special from many of the people who help put the newspaper together each and every week. Everyone here in our Land O' Lakes office was given an opportunity to share a favorite holiday memory, whether it be something recent, or even something from their childhood or past. Nine of our crew here … [Read more...]

In Print: (Police) lights, (body) cameras, action!

Don't ask Pasco County sheriff Chris Nocco to wait in doing something he believes in, even if it's unclear how taking action would be received by the public. That's why Nocco isn't waiting for court challenges or even the Florida Legislature before ordering more than 400 body cameras that will be equipped to deputies out on patrol. And while the $400,000 annual cost will be eaten by federal … [Read more...]

In Print: Big land buy in Wesley Chapel, magnet school going up

What would you do with 1,000 acres of land if you had a chance to buy it? A small group of owners are experiencing that first-hand in Wesley Chapel right now after a bunch of agricultural land just west of Quail Hollow was gobbled up in a $4.2 million land sale. Will it become homes? A new commercial center? Or will it stay as grazing land. Bill Eshenbaugh, the owner of Tampa's … [Read more...]

In Print: New Lowe’s adding traffic light to State Road 54

When the new Lowe's store opens next March, it not only will bring more jobs to State Road 54 in Land O' Lakes, but more traffic congestion as well. To accommodate the new store, Pasco County will link the Lowe's parking lot to the Village Lakes Shopping Center across the street, complete with the first traffic light between Collier Parkway and Land O' Lakes Boulevard. But that does mean … [Read more...]

In Print: Something funny happening at Beef’s?

Football and hockey might be the first thing that comes to people's minds when they think of Beef O'Brady's. But comedy? That might be something new. Yet, the Beef's at 7040 Land O' Lakes Blvd., is welcoming comedians to the sports-themed restaurant once a month. And coming up Nov. 21 is a teacher-turned-jokester from Pinellas County, Mike Rivera. "There's nobody else who has a comedy … [Read more...]

In Print: Playoffs kick off Friday for Sunlake, Zephyrhills

Are you ready for the playoffs? Are the Sunlake Seahawks, or the Zephyrhills Bulldogs? Well, someone needs to be, because the state football playoffs begin Friday, with Zephyrhills on the road to the Panhandle area, while Sunlake is hosting a tough team from Ocala. "The farthest we've gotten is the second round in the playoffs," Seahawks coach Bill Browning told reporter Michael Murillo. … [Read more...]

In Print: Martial arts, grief, and a horror movie

Depending on your age, you have cheered either for Daniel Laruso or Dre Parker to bring home a karate championship. But that's the movies. In reality, for those living in Wesley Chapel, all eyes were on the Vo brothers — Derick, Jason and Andrew — who traveled all the way to Poland to represent the United States at the World Union of Karate-Do Federations World Karate Championship. The … [Read more...]

In Print: Growth at The Grove could get red light

It takes a lot to stand in the way of progress, but a popular shopping center just off Interstate 75 in Wesley Chapel may have finally found its Achilles heel: A traffic light. The Grove at Wesley Chapel has the room to grow, however new tenants are shying away from the complex because they say another traffic light is needed where Oakley Boulevard meets County Road 54. "The challenge we … [Read more...]