Browning talks school safety, other issues

More than a year since the Parkland school shooting claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty members, ensuring school safety remains a forefront priority for Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning. Browning discussed that, and a number of other school issues, as the featured guest speaker at the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce March breakfast meeting at the Pasco-Hernando … [Read more...]

Session highlights area roads

Pasco County residents had the chance to gain insight on three local road projects at a Feb. 26 open house presented by the Florida Department of Transportation. The state road department officials fielded questions from residents during the session at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, in Wesley Chapel. Residents could view poster boards and watch videos to … [Read more...]

Summit addresses mental health challenges

Overcoming mental health and substance abuse issues in local communities seems a daunting undertaking — but offering a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on may be a good place to start. At least that’s what a group of educators and faith-based leaders asserted at a recent mental health summit at Pasco-Hernando State College’s (PHSC) Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, in Wesley … [Read more...]

New opportunities coming to Cypress Creek campus

Crews have begun work on Cypress Creek Middle School, being built on the site where Cypress Creek Middle High School now operates. A new Instructional and Performing Arts Center, which will provide educational opportunities and entertainment, will rise on the same site. Both are slated to open in fall of 2020. Pasco County Schools gave Pasco-Hernando State College the land where the … [Read more...]

BayCare continues quest for Wesley Chapel hospital

BayCare Health Systems is pushing forward in its quest to open a new hospital in Wesley Chapel, despite a challenge filed by AdventHealth’s hospitals in Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and Dade City. Speaking on BayCare’s behalf, Todd Jones recently outlined the health care system’s plans for a 60-bed hospital that would be built on a 111-acre site at the northeast quadrant of Interstate 75 and … [Read more...]

Matching up employer needs with workforce supply

The Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., has launched a three-year pilot program aimed at helping employers meet their workforce needs. While the program, called the Pasco Talent Pipeline, aims to help employers meet their needs for skilled workers — other desired outcomes will be to improve the prospects for job seekers in Pasco County and bolster the county’s economic development … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek celebrates inaugural signing day

Unlike just about every other high school in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, Cypress Creek Middle/High School last year didn’t have a National Signing Day event for student-athletes moving on to the college ranks. That’s because, the then first-year school on Old Pasco Road had no seniors, as it pulled strictly underclassman from Wesley Chapel and Wiregrass Ranch high schools. Cypress … [Read more...]

Sex traffickers use social media to lure victims

As the use and popularity of social media continue to grow — particularly among youths — they also are a go-to forum for human sex traffickers to lure potential victims. At least that’s what panelists conveyed during a recent human trafficking awareness seminar at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, in Wesley Chapel. Pasco Sheriff Cpl. Alan Wilkett, who was … [Read more...]

PHSC lecture analyzes Dr. King’s national acclaim

Dr. Derrick White analyzed the evolution of Dr. Martin King Jr.’s rising popularity during a lecture series at Pasco-Hernando State College, to honor the contributions made by the slain civil rights leader. White gave presentations at the college’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, and also spoke at its campuses in New Port Richey and Brooksville. His talk was entitled “Making a King: The … [Read more...]

Dade City attracts thousands to 22nd Kumquat Festival

Thousands streamed to the 22nd annual Kumquat Festival in historic downtown Dade City on Jan. 26 In an open letter, John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, recapped the event, and offered a heartfelt expression of gratitude for the army of volunteers who helped to pull it off. “Over 400 vendors and sponsors sold and promoted their wares and services,” … [Read more...]