Area responds to Hurricane Dorian victims

As the death toll grows and residents of the Bahamas continue to grapple with the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian — local groups are stepping up to find ways to help those who are suffering. Dorian made landfall on Sept. 1 as a Category 5 Hurricane, flattening homes and causing massive flooding, according to national news reports. The official death toll stood at 50, with an … [Read more...]

Area prepares for flooding, wind

With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on Florida, the state is bracing itself for impact. Gov. Ron DeSantis also declared a State of Emergency in the state’s 67 counties, and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody activated the state’s Price Gouging Hotline. Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties have declared a state of emergency. In an advisory issued at 11 a.m., Aug. 30 from the National … [Read more...]

Skills training program led to White House trip

Patrick Pinnone was wrapping up a five-year stint in the U.S. Marines when he heard about a training program offered by Home Builders Institute (HBI) — an educational arm of American Home Builders. It was exactly what he was looking for, as he prepared to make the transition to civilian life. But, there was a problem. The program wasn’t being offered at Camp Lejeune, the Marine base … [Read more...]

Sister Mildred enjoyed ‘tinkering’ with machinery

Sister Mildred Gelis, OSB, was known for motoring around Saint Leo University on her little scooter. When her scooter failed her, her mechanical skills went to work — to get it running again. She also was known to have a knack for maintaining cars, helping to keep costs down for her community of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida, who live in Holy Name Monastery in St. Leo. These are … [Read more...]

Educator offers tips for back to school

For parents, this can be the most wonderful time of the year – back to school for students. Some children go through a ‘summer slump,’ and need help getting ready for the new school year and to prepare for academic success. Baye Ballew, instructor of education for Saint Leo University, offers these tips to help parents: Encourage your child to read during summer to maintain forward … [Read more...]

Laker/Lutz News captures seven Florida Press awards

The Laker/Lutz News brought home a total of seven reporting and photography awards from the Florida Press Association 2018-2019 Weekly Newspaper Contest. Staff photographer Christine Holtzman, and freelance contributors Richard K. Riley and Fred Bellet accounted for five of those awards. Holtzman won first place feature photo for an image she captured of a young girl from Land O’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

Pasco County honors its 2019 graduates

As graduates stepped across the stage at the University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center to accept their diplomas — the crowd erupted with cheers and applause. That’s not an atypical reaction at graduation ceremonies, but this one was particularly special. The Class of 2019 at Cypress Creek Middle High School made history on June 5, by becoming the first crop of graduates from the Wesley … [Read more...]

Saint Leo University receives grant to help students

Saint Leo University’s Career Center has receive a $2,500 grant from Enterprise Holdings to help provide career-related advice to students. The grant was presented by Enterprise Holdings Foundation on May 6, according to a university news release, and is a part of the Enterprise partnership with the university. “Enterprise recruits [employees] heavily at Saint Leo,” said Nancy Cheek, … [Read more...]

Holy Name Monastery: A tranquil place on a hill

Funny how a place can be both otherworldly and so much a part of this world. Holy Name Monastery is like that. It’s a peaceful place where Benedictine Sisters of Florida rise before the birds are up to pray quietly in their chapel, then return for daily Mass and more common prayers throughout the day. Then, rather than sit idly enjoying their monastic peacefulness, they head out into the … [Read more...]

Imagine School captures girls soccer title

Caidee Sumner and Bella Wood were determined to end their middle school soccer careers on a high note. The eighth-grade team co-captains did just that — leading the Imagine School of Land O’ Lakes Dragons to the 2019 Tampa Charter Athletic League (TCAL) girls soccer championship title. “It’s our last year here and we wanted to go out as a champion,” Wood said. The Dragons (9-2) entered … [Read more...]