Delving into the world of pottery

Glenn Woods knows a thing or two about pottery. The Indiana native has been a potter since 1974. Now, he and Keith Herbrand are co-owners of Pottery Boys, a studio on Bogie Lane in Palm Harbor. The studio is in a converted garage — filled with pottery wheels, pounds of clay and batches of handmade glazes. And, on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, it was one of five studio stops on the 12th annual … [Read more...]

Palm Harbor’s Wall Springs Park

A place where everyone can reach great heights, see priceless views You don’t have to be a millionaire to have water views worth millions. Just spend a little time at Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor. There, you can see the sultry Gulf of Mexico and mullet-jumping Boggy Bayou from fishing piers, docks and a $1.7-million observation tower that’s accessible by wheelchair all the way to … [Read more...]

There’s no shortage of holiday cheer here

The Thanksgiving turkey and all of the fixins’ — and all of the leftovers — are gone. Lucky for you, you’ve got a whole month of holiday happenings available for your enjoyment. Here’s a look at just some of the free and low-cost options being offered in the The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, with a few other regional events tossed in that we thought would give you some holiday … [Read more...]

Freedom golf reaches 3A state tourney

For the second time in school history, the Freedom High varsity boys golf team has reached the state tournament. Collectively strong postseason performances were enough to earn an FHSAA 3A tournament berth, the program’s first since 2013. The Patriots captured their fourth consecutive district title on Oct. 10, and followed up with a second-place regional finish on Oct. 17 at Lansbrook Golf … [Read more...]

Getting up close and personal with potters

If you’re curious about the art of pottery, you can satisfy your desire for knowledge during the 2015 Tampa Bay Tour de Clay. This is the eighth Tour de Clay, which is always held during the second weekend in December. It’s an event that gives visitors a chance to see potters in action at four pottery studios and the opportunity to experience a kiln opening at each. “It creates a … [Read more...]

Local lawmakers want to overhaul Public Service Commission

The Public Service Commission could be looking at a major overhaul, thanks to the efforts of two local lawmakers. State Sen. John Legg and state Rep. Chris Sprowls say they have introduced legislation that will make PSC commissioners "more reflective of the people they are supposed to serve." "The Public Service Commission should service the public good," said Sprowls, a Republican out of … [Read more...]

Mixed local reaction to new defense spending bill

The U.S. House passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act during a lame-duck session, but not all lawmakers are in support. U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, said the bill presented a "troubling dilemma for me and my colleagues." "After speaking with local veterans and military leaders in my community, I cannot vote for reduced benefits and a reduction in a pay raise for our service … [Read more...]

Bilirakis wants incentives to treat rare diseases

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has introduced H.R. 5750 to Congress, known as the Orphan Product Extensions Now Accelerating Cures & Treatment — or the OPEN ACT. The bill would incentivize drug makers and innovators to repurpose major market drugs for life-threatening, rare diseases and pediatric cancers, the Palm Harbor Republican said, which would open the door to development of hundreds of … [Read more...]

Local reaction split on president’s immigration plan

The debate on whether President Barack Obama has the authority to enact his own immigration reform without the help of Congress extends beyond Washington, D.C., and is drawing both criticism and praise from lawmakers here at home as well. But which side each congressman takes depends on what side of the aisle he or she is on. U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis waited until Obama's presidential address … [Read more...]

West Winds in Zephyrhills sells to California group

West Winds Assisted Living Facility is no longer locally owned. The 75-bed for-profit facility, located at 37411 Eiland Blvd., in Zephyrhills, was sold Oct. 1 to Sabra Health Care Holdings III, which lists its address in Irvine, California, according to Pasco County property records. West Winds Prime LLC was the seller. The Palm Harbor company’s ownership has essentially managed the … [Read more...]