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...]

Saint Leo instructor competes on Jeopardy

Frank Orlando, a political science instructor at Saint Leo University, has wanted to compete on Jeopardy ever since he was a little boy — and last month, his episode aired. It all began by passing the contestant exam in March, then proceeding to the in-person interview in Tampa in May. After that, he was included in the potential contestant pool. “At the end of October, I got a call from Los … [Read more...]

New Year in sports offers plenty to watch, experience

As we embark on a new year, the sports world within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area promises to deliver plenty to watch, experience, and perhaps appreciate. Here’s a closer look at some of the happenings in 2019: One major development will be the progression of new sports facilities throughout East Pasco County  —  whether it’s the end-of-year completion of the Wiregrass Ranch Sports … [Read more...]

Love One Another serves up food, and kindness

It’s not uncommon for generous acts to surface during the holiday, especially charitable gestures for those who are less fortunate. But, when you have a group that guarantees a hot plate every Sunday throughout the year, that’s not such a common thing. That’s precisely what an organization called Love One Another has been doing for 10 years. The ministry serves meals every Sunday at … [Read more...]

Top moments in sports during 2018

Teams captured state titles and local athletes turned in outstanding performances, during a year that brought shining moments and lasting memories. Here are some of the highlights, from across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: USA Women’s Hockey, fans celebrate gold in Wesley Chapel Just days after celebrating a gold medal win in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the … [Read more...]

This crowd was bullish on East Pasco’s prospects

Speakers at the recent “Discover Dade City” symposium cast a spotlight on East Pasco’s development opportunities. The event, held in the conference center at the East Pasco campus of Pasco-Hernando State College, focused on ongoing projects, as well as those on the drawing board and future prospects. The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Greater Tampa … [Read more...]

Pasco shelter offers haven from abuse

Abuse can come in many different forms. It can also be a sensitive issue for victims to divulge, especially if it occurs within their own households. It’s a nationwide problem, and efforts have been made nationally and locally to provide safer environments for adults and children who have been abused. Pasco County is among those striving to improve services for people in this … [Read more...]

Making a case for higher learning

Dr. Jeffrey Senese, the president of Saint Leo University, talked about the role and importance of higher education in today’s society during a breakfast meeting of the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. The leader of one of the nation’s largest Catholic universities tackled what he called public misperceptions regarding the words “liberal arts.” “They’re ‘bad’ words today,” Senese said, … [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...]