Bellamy Brothers headline Rattlesnake Festival

The Bellamy Brothers are returning to a local festival that launched the beginning of their iconic country music career five decades ago. Darby natives and residents Howard and David Bellamy will headline a special concert at the 53rd annual Rattlesnake Festival on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., at the Pasco County Fairgrounds’ Dan Cannon Auditorium, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. The duo will be … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel dojo heads to karate nationals

The 2018 AAU/USA Karate National Championships kick off this week in Fort Lauderdale — and one local dojo will be well-represented. Wesley Chapel’s Keiko Shin Karate Academy (KSKA) is sending 22 athletes, ranging in ages 6 to 18, to square up against more than 3,000 elite, top karate competitors from the United States and beyond. The event runs from June 27 to June 30 at the Broward County … [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...]

Area teenager bowls perfect 300 in North Carolina tournament

Chandler Carr, who got his start bowling at Royal Lanes in Lutz, shot his first sanctioned perfect 300 in the Randy Pedersen 4 Game Sweeper in Shallotte, North Carolina. He achieved the perfect score on Oct. 7 at Planet Fun, helping him to take fifth place in the competition. Carr — whose mom is Suzin Carr, the only person to win the Lutz Guv’na race twice — has done a substantial amount … [Read more...]

Giving thanks with a grateful heart

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on the blessings in our lives. This past year has been particularly joyful for me, both professionally and personally. Since this newspaper is such a big part of my life, I want to share with you the top 10 reasons Thanksgiving is especially meaningful to me this year. Our readers I want to thank all of the readers of The Laker/Lutz News for … [Read more...]

New Lowe’s will open end of March

A grand open date has been tentatively set for the new Lowe's under construction on State Road 54 just east of Land O' Lakes Boulevard. A spokeswoman for the company confirmed to The Laker/Lutz News that the 152,000-square-foot store will officially open its doors during the last week of March. It's being built on a 42-acre tract of land across from the Village Lakes Shopping Center, and will … [Read more...]

Set for success: PHSC volleyball qualifies for tournament

Sometimes it’s good to know your schedule in advance. The Pasco-Hernando State College women’s volleyball team still has around seven games left on their schedule, but they already know where they’ll be next month: Competing in their regional tournament at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Lady Quistas have already qualified for District P, which covers three … [Read more...]

Simon: Outlet mall construction has started

Crews were out this week clearing the land near the intersection of State Road 56 and Interstate 75 for a new outlet mall, and it looks like come this time next year, there will be a new place for residents to shop. Simon Property Group told investors in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday, that construction has started on Tampa Premium Outlets, a … [Read more...]

Lowe’s wants to open with a big(ger) bang

When Lowe's opens its doors later this year, it wants to make sure drivers on State Road 54 just east of Land O' Lakes Boulevard realize it's there. The hardware store, now under construction in 152,000 square feet of space across from Village Lakes Shopping Center, is asking Pasco County's Development Review Committee to allow its wall sign on the building to be more than double the size the … [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...]