Paula S. O’ Neil retires after decades of public service

The Pasco County Commission recently honored Paula S. O’ Neil, who retired after three decades of public service. O’ Neil’s final day as Pasco Circuit Court Clerk & Comptroller was June 30. She had recommended that Nikki Alvarez-Sowles, her chief operations officer, be appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to complete the remainder of her term, which ends in 2020. DeSantis had not made … [Read more...]

Randy Maggard wins District 38 seat

Voters have selected Randy Maggard to become their next representative in District 38 of the Florida House of Representatives. Maggard, a Republican, received 9,615 votes, or 55.58 percent of the total in the Special Election held on June 18. His opponent Kelly Smith, a Democrat, received 7,684, or 44.42 percent of the vote. The voter turnout in the contest was 15.24. The district’s … [Read more...]

Dade City author debuts suspense novel

Birth, death, fear, hatred and love are the complexities of life, which all happen to be packed in Penny L. Freeman’s debut novel, “Heartache to Happiness.” The Dade City native has been working on her book for three years, and it has now seen publication through RoseDog Books. The story revolves around Kelsi, a young, pregnant woman whose world is turned upside down when her parents are … [Read more...]

She trades Alaska for a floral shop in Pasco

More than 35 years ago, Susan Crenshaw made a life-changing decision. A friend – who later became her husband – urged the New Port Richey native to move from her home base in Pasco County to Alaska. “Alaska is the place you need to be,” he told her. At the time, there weren’t many jobs available at home, so she took his advice. She wound up loving it. “I like the outdoors and … [Read more...]

Tree farm plays starring role in annual tradition

The first thing you need to know about the Ergle Family Christmas Tree Farm is, you have to be going there to get there. Nobody leaves the house for a gallon of milk, or a package of screws, or to drop off a donation at the neighborhood church and comes home with an Ergle tree. No, unlike the neighborhood big-box retailer and those ubiquitous pop-up lots, experiencing Debbie and Tony … [Read more...]

Stepping away, after a decade of progress

When Katherine Johnson came to Pasco County a decade ago, the educational institution she was leading was known by a different name. It had fewer campuses, fewer students and a smaller endowment fund, too. When Johnson came on board, the college was known as Pasco-Hernando Community College and had three campuses. In 2010, the college added its Spring Hill campus, and in 2014, it … [Read more...]

Mulieri watched county go from carbon paper to the Internet age

Nearly 10 years after she retired from what was then Pasco-Hernando Community College, Pat Mulieri will hang it up once again Wednesday — this time as a Pasco County commissioner. So what will the 76-year-old do now? “Maybe I’ll become a belly dancer,” she said. Mulieri may be joking, but the 20-year commissioner has never been afraid to speak her mind, or go against the establishment … [Read more...]

PHSC president Katherine Johnson to retire next year

After a decade of growth and success which included changing the school's name, Pasco-Hernando State College president Katherine M. Johnson will retire from her post on June 30, 2015. Johnson made the announcement in a letter to the school's board of trustees Tuesday night, telling them that the decision was "bittersweet." However, she said by then, she will have completed more than 10 … [Read more...]

Musunuru re-appointed to PHSC trustees board

Dr. Rao Musunuru will continue his long service with Pasco-Hernando State College after Gov. Rick Scott announced he had appointed the cardiologist to another term on the school's Board of Trustees. Musunuru first joined the board in 1999, and has been its chair three times over the last 15 years. If confirmed by the state Senate, the doctor with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will serve … [Read more...]

Businesses can make it or break it at BizGrow 2.0

Last year, Kellye Dash sat in the audience of BizGrow and soaked in all the advice from small business owners like herself making their way in this technology-based economy. Now, the president and chief executive of The Busy Buddy is ready to share some of her own experiences as the Pasco Economic Development Council’s annual conference gets under way. “I started my business in 2009 while … [Read more...]