Floridians choose Trump, Biden in preference primary

Floridians went to the polls in the midst of a coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic — causing some disruptions, and requiring poll workers and election officials to take special precautions. Lester and Bettie Coupland, both 84, wore surgical masks to their polling place at Pasco County’s Precinct 3, at Pasco-Hernando State College in Dade City. Both favored Bernie Sanders. Bettie … [Read more...]

Coronavirus cancels many sports events

As fears regarding coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) continue to ramp up, so do cancellations on the sports landscape — nationally, regionally and locally. The unexpected cancellations began on March 10 when The Ivy League, a Division I collegiate athletic conference comprised of private schools in the Northeast, announced the cancellation of its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, … [Read more...]

Awareness can reduce dating violence

Melissa Dohme Hill’s personal story should serve as a warning to the dangerous heights dating violence can reach. She was a 20-year-old college student when she agreed to meet her abusive high school ex-boyfriend for one last embrace and goodbye, on Jan. 24. 2012. What followed was a brutal attack that left her almost dead in front of her Clearwater home. Hill was stabbed 32 times in the … [Read more...]

MOSI focusing more on community outreach

In just a few years, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has gone from being millions of dollars in debt to being financially sustainable, operating in the black. The turnaround of the North Tampa organization has come under the new leadership of Julian McKenzie, who was promoted as museum CEO in 2017, after serving less than a year as its CFO. The museum leader led a restructuring … [Read more...]

Spreading smiles, through mini horse therapy

Senior living residents and staff at Beach House at Wiregrass recently welcomed some special guests — a pair of miniature horses and their handlers. The 3-foot-tall ponies, Honey and Belle, stopped by the facility’s memory care center on Feb. 18, to provide therapeutic interaction with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, in the form of comfort, love and smiles. It’s a visit the horses … [Read more...]

Seminar focuses on youth drug use, suicide

When Heather Sefton, of Wesley Chapel, began losing close friends to suicide, she didn’t know how to cope with the trauma. The untimely demise of one in the Bay Area was preceded by six others in Sefton’s native New Hampshire. “I really didn’t understand what was going on,” the 19-year-old said. “They all just kind of kept hitting me.” She too, began having suicidal thoughts as a … [Read more...]

Sunlake distance runners leave lasting mark

For this group of distance runners, the thousands of miles of foot to pavement have finally paid off — in the form of college athletic scholarships. The past few years, Sunlake High School’s boys and girls cross-country and long distance track programs have established themselves as among the best in the area, and the state. This year’s National Signing Day festivities underscored that fact: … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek schools get new names

Pasco County School Board members have changed the name of the school on the campus at 8701 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel to reflect the fact that two schools will be operating on the campus beginning this fall. The school was named Cypress Creek Middle High when it opened in 2017, because it served both middle and high school students. But, two separate schools will be operating on the … [Read more...]

New year in sports offers plenty to enjoy, experience

As we embark on a new year, the sports world within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area promises to deliver plenty to watch and experience. Here is a sampling of what’s ahead in 2020: Sports and recreation in East Pasco The year 2020 may become widely known as ‘the year’ of new sports and recreational facilities in East Pasco. Three significant sporting venues are expected to open: The Sarah … [Read more...]

Growth and change are hallmarks at area schools

As 2019 becomes 2020, area schools continue to respond to growth, while also changing academic options available on some campuses. Recently, Superintendent Kurt Browning announced an initiative that will create significant change in West Pasco-area schools to bolster academic performance, but he also outlined some coming projects within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, as … [Read more...]