Signs of our time

Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has affected every aspect of life. The global pandemic has caused thousands of deaths and has rocked the economy — with no clear end in sight. The unemployment rate has soared; millions are out of work. School campuses are closed and parents, teachers and students are adapting to distance teaching and learning. Businesses have suffered huge … [Read more...]

‘Traditions’ goes on, despite rain

Traditions on the Green didn’t let the forecast of a rainy day wash out the Dec. 1 event. Instead, it shifted from its planned location at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park to  Sanders Memorial Elementary School, at 5126 School Road in Land O’ Lakes. The Rotary Club of Land O’ Lakes, which hosts the free holiday event, made the call to bring the concert indoors — instead of cancelling … [Read more...]

Dr. Susan A. MacManus retires from USF

When Dr. Susan A. MacManus recently headed to the front of Room 128, in the Social Science Building on the University of South Florida campus — it was to deliver the final lecture of her 47-year teaching career. Her regular students were there, but there were visitors, too — former students who wanted to be there to share the moment. MacManus offered her thoughts about the coming Mid-Terms, … [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...]

Students have a field day at Sanders

Sanders Memorial Elementary School started spring break early with a day of fun in the sun. More than 700 students spent their day at school playing games, dancing, relay racing, getting their faces painted and slurping down snow cones. The annual Field Day on March 18 was the last school day before the weeklong spring break started for public schools in Pasco County. Presley Knouse, … [Read more...]

2015 marked by growth, loss, compassion

New construction captured many headlines during the year 2015 in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. But, so did traffic issues and changes happening in area schools. Other news chronicled setbacks and tragic losses. But, there were inspiring stories, too. Tampa Premium Outlets, a 441,000-square-foot mall with 100-plus designer brand shops, opened in October off State Road 56, near the … [Read more...]

Growth spurs school construction

When Pasco County School Board member Alison Crumbley considers anticipated growth along the State Road 54/56 corridor, she said, she is “taken aback.” She worries about the school district’s ability to provide schools for all of the students who will be moving into the new communities that are taking shape along that corridor. Superintendent Kurt Browning shares that sentiment. “That … [Read more...]

Renovations wrapping up at Land O’ Lakes Community Park

The $2.4 million renovation project at Land O' Lakes Community Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., is just about completed. It features new fields, a playground, a concession stand and restrooms. There's even a walking trail for walkers and joggers that goes around the park. But there's another improvement that gets Mike Walcott, a recreation supervisor for Pasco County Parks, Recreation and … [Read more...]

Construction crews give shape to Pasco’s first magnet

  Construction crews are fully engaged in the project to give Pasco County its first magnet school, which is set to open this fall in Land O’ Lakes. Jason Petry, principal of Sanders Memorial Elementary School, has been immersed, too, in the task of hiring teachers for the school, which will focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Interest in the … [Read more...]