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...]

Staples closing leads searches on LakerLutzNews.com

Thousands of Web travelers found their exit off the Information Superhighway to LakerLutzNews.com thanks to search engines this past year, but what exactly lead them here in the first place? Apparently, it was all about the closing of Staples. Not long after LakerLutzNews.com started publishing daily stories to complement the print stories found each week in our papers, reporter Michael … [Read more...]

In Print: Big land buy in Wesley Chapel, magnet school going up

What would you do with 1,000 acres of land if you had a chance to buy it? A small group of owners are experiencing that first-hand in Wesley Chapel right now after a bunch of agricultural land just west of Quail Hollow was gobbled up in a $4.2 million land sale. Will it become homes? A new commercial center? Or will it stay as grazing land. Bill Eshenbaugh, the owner of Tampa's … [Read more...]