Pasco County Schools helping Hurricane Michael victims

Pasco County Schools has given 20 school buses to Bay District Schools and is loaning 20 maintenance employees to that district to help it recover from Hurricane Michael. Bay County school bus drivers traveled to New Port Richey on Nov. 1, where they picked up the Pasco school district’s buses to drive them back to Bay County, according to a news release from Pasco County Schools. When the … [Read more...]

Hugh Embry Branch Library now open again on Mondays

A ribbon-cutting was held at Hugh Embry Branch Library on Oct. 29 to celebrate the fact that, once again, the library is open on Mondays. The facility, at 14215 Fourth St., is one of four libraries across Pasco County where Monday hours have been restored. The others are the Hudson Branch Library in Hudson, the Regency Park Branch in New Port Richey and the Land O’ Lakes Branch in Land O’ … [Read more...]

Library hours restored for patrons

Pasco County Libraries has restored Monday hours at the Hugh Embry and Hudson branches, as of Oct. 15. Patrons will now have four libraries to choose from to visit on Mondays. The restoration of hours at more locations was a priority of the Pasco Board of County Commissioners for the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget. In October 2017, the Regency Park and Land O’ Lakes branches were the first to … [Read more...]

Pasco-Hernando State College remembers Dr. Robert Judson, Jr.

A crowd poured into the Pasco-Hernando State College’s Performing Arts Center in New Port Richey to honor Dr. Robert Judson Jr. Judson, the college’s former president, passed away on Sept. 17 at the age of 77. He made history in 1994 when he became the first black president of a college within the Florida Community College system. At the time, PHSC was still known as a community college. The … [Read more...]

Judson was a trailblazer

The Pasco-Hernando State College community is mourning the recent death of Dr. Robert Judson Jr., the college’s second president. The educator began his career at Pasco-Hernando State College in 1972, when the college was a community college — known as the college without walls — and was in the process of opening its doors to Pasco and Hernando county communities, according to a news release … [Read more...]

Pasco County property tax rate won’t change

Pasco County property owners will pay the same tax rate as they did last year, but their property bill could rise, if the value of their property has increased. The Pasco County Commission had its first public hearing on the county’s budget for fiscal year 2019 on Sept. 4. The board’s final budget hearing is set for Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m., at the West Pasco Government Center Board Room, 8731 … [Read more...]

Local astronomy club promotes stargazing

A group of amateur astronomers have gathered at New Port Richey’s Starkey Park for 15 years, toting their telescopes to help the public get an intimate glimpse at planets, star clusters, meteors and galaxies. The space enthusiasts’ latest gathering held particular meaning. The Pasco Astronomers celebrated its 15th anniversary on Aug. 11 with a free public stargazing event the park. It … [Read more...]

More programs, initiatives, on tap at PHSC, provost says

Pasco-Hernando State College — which recently has been recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for its return on educational investment — continues to add new programs and initiatives. That was the message that Dr. Stan Giannet, the college’s provost, delivered to a crowd at a recent Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Golden Corral. The state college … [Read more...]

Digital billboard lights up Land O’ Lakes

The digital age of outdoor advertising is coming to central Pasco. Motorists may be familiar with a two-sided “Tri-Vision” billboard on U.S. 41, north of State Road 54. The Champion Outdoor billboard flips through a trio of advertisements on each side, as slats rotate and marketing messages change. But, the area’s first digital billboard is being installed on the west side of the apex where … [Read more...]

Neighbors object, but family housing OK’d

The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County can move forward with plans to temporarily house homeless families in a building at the former campus of the Boys & Girls Club in Port Richey. The coalition, with support from other social service agencies, also will open the Housing Services Center, which will administratively help families and individuals seeking permanent housing and other … [Read more...]