Local youth barefoot water-skier is a rising star

In the extreme sport of barefoot water-skiing, one of the world’s top-ranked juniors can regularly be seen perfecting his craft on the steady waters of East Lake Padgett. Twelve-year-old Brett Swanbom is a Land O’ Lakes resident and seventh-grader at Pine View Middle School. He also happens to be a two-time national junior champion and the world’s ninth-ranked junior barefoot water skier, … [Read more...]

LOL Swampfest returns with carnival fun

The fall Swampfest will celebrate its 10th annual event at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., from Nov. 1 through Nov. 4. The Land O’ Lakes High School Athletic Booster Club is hosting the event, and invites the public to come and enjoy the festivities. Twenty-four carnival rides will be set up on the premises by Arnold Amusements Inc. A one-night armband for unlimited … [Read more...]

Students ring in the 2018-2019 school year

As a new academic year begins, students heading to Florida public schools will be welcomed to campuses that are now protected by armed security. The Florida Legislature mandated the armed guards at public school campuses across the state in response to the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 students and staff members dead, and 17 others … [Read more...]

A Beautiful ICI Home In Time For The Holidays

Summer is the busiest time of year to buy a home, because families want to know what school their children will be attending in their new neighborhood, and because they want to be moved and settled before the holidays. This summer, however, many families have become frustrated and have stopped looking because of the low supply of available houses. If your family is wanting to move up to a … [Read more...]

Pine View achieves IB designation

Pine View Middle School has become the first public school in Pasco County to be authorized as an IB Middle Years Programme World School. Principal Jennifer Warren and members of the school’s staff recently attended the Pasco County School Board’s meeting, where they were congratulated for their accomplishment. The school received a letter dated May 30 from Siva Kumari, director general of … [Read more...]

Connerton — Much More Than Just A Place To Live

In the heart of Pasco County in Land O’ Lakes, the community of Connerton continues to grow, as hundreds of new homes are built for people of all ages, fulfilling their dreams to live in a community that offers much more than just a place to live. Connerton provides more for its residents than other planned communities because it has been designated a “New Town” by the Florida Legislature. … [Read more...]

She wants to make sure girls’ voices are heard

Lindsey Turnbull, a former resident of Land O’ Lakes, has been named one of the University of Central Florida’s 30 Under 30 alumni award winners. Turnbull was recognized for her work as the founder and CEO of MissHeard Media, a platform that offers teen girls the opportunity to elevate their voices and to create community. MissHeard Media connects girls across the globe by giving them a … [Read more...]

Pine View Middle School continues journey toward IB designation

An International Baccalaureate team recently visited Pine View Middle School, to determine if the Land O’ Lakes school has met the requirements to become an authorized IB Middle Years Programme World School. The team spent two days at the school, interviewing staff, students and parents, and observing classrooms to ensure that the IB framework has been embedded in Pine View’s learning … [Read more...]

Special Olympics program rewards athletes, volunteers

Vicky King is perhaps best known as the longtime head coach of the powerhouse Land O’ Lakes High girls soccer team. After all, the Gators did just secure its fourth-straight district championship and fifth-straight 20-plus win season, with sights now set on another regional title and state finals appearance. However, that’s not the only team she coaches. King also oversees the high … [Read more...]

Traditions on the Green attracts hundreds

A crowd estimated at about 400 enjoyed pleasant weather for Traditions on the Green, a concert featuring local music and dance groups. The free family event was presented by the Heritage Park Foundation and the Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary Club Land O’ Lakes Satellite. It was the first time the annual Traditions on the Green was held on the newly built Heritage Stage, a project that was … [Read more...]