Primary election coming soon for District 38

Randy Maggard and David ‘Mac” Macallister will face off in a primary on April 9 to determine who will represent the Republicans in a special election to fill the vacancy in District 38 House seat in the Florida Legislature. The seat was vacated by Danny Burgess, who accepted an offer from Gov. Ron DeSantis to become the executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Early … [Read more...]

Cedar Key offers healing balm, restful calm

Some say the watery views make Cedar Key a comforting place to visit. Others credit the shorebirds - great blue herons, snowy egrets, white pelicans and roseate spoonbills - for creating a calm now rare in so much of Florida. Some claim the trees - giant, moss-draped live oaks, gnarly cedars, cabbage palms and junipers - promote peacefulness. Others attribute the serenity to the fact … [Read more...]

Exhibit features North Tampa Arts League

Works done by nearly two dozen members of the North Tampa Arts League will be on display in February at Bug’s Splatter Gallery in Zephyrhills. The exhibit will showcase 57 works. It opens with a free reception Feb. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the display will remain up through Feb. 24. Fran Byers, owners of Bug’s Splatter Gallery, is pleased to be presenting the exhibit. Besides … [Read more...]

There are plenty of ways to help this season

If you would like to help someone else during the holidays, there are plenty of ways you can do that. Here’s a look at some of the efforts underway that could use more support. Donate a Bicycle This effort, spearheaded by Caroline Contractors LLC, is seeking donations of money, bicycles or helmets. Those wishing to donate bicycles or helmets can drop them off at these locations: … [Read more...]

Priority highway projects focus on growth spots

Growth is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to building, widening and re-aligning highways that crisscross Pasco County’s landscape. Most highways in the county move north and south. It is the east to west connections that are often missing or out-of-date. The recently approved 2015 Priority List of Highway Projects tapped into that scenario. The Florida Department of … [Read more...]

Toys for Tots collection begins

Christmas time is just around the corner, and the campaign by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve has started to collect toys for children. The first Toys for Tots collection drive will take place at the Pasco County Tax Collector's offices in Land O' Lakes, Dade City and Lutz. The west side offices will begin their drives in December. Toys for Tots was created to help less fortunate children in … [Read more...]

Strong early voter turnout so far in Pasco

Brian Corley likes what he's seeing for the 2014 election so far. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, more than 21 percent of registered voters in Pasco County have dropped a ballot in the voting box, and there's still two full days of early voting left. "We're on pace to beat 2010, and we're doing that with less than a 10-minute wait" at early voting locations around the county, said Corley, Pasco's … [Read more...]

More than 5,000 show up for first day of early voting

A lot of people are heading to the polls, and it's not even Election Day yet. Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley says more than 5,000 people turned out to vote on Saturday, as early voting started in various locations around the county. By lunchtime on Monday, the number of early voters quickly approached 9,000, joining more than 38,000 mail-in ballots already received for the … [Read more...]

Vote by mail already has 10 percent turnout

Early voting doesn't start until this weekend. But in the meantime, Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley continues to collect mail-in votes — by the thousands. As of late Monday, Corley has received more than 30,000 ballots for the upcoming midterm election. Of those ballots, 35 percent of them are from Democrats, 45 percent are from Republicans, and 20 percent were from other … [Read more...]

Nearly 13,000 votes already cast in Pasco

Political candidates on the Aug. 26 ballot are making last-minute preparations as they await to hear what voters have decided about their fate. But nearly 13,000 people already have voted in the primary election — all by mail. Pasco County supervisor of elections Brian Corley has been keeping a real-time update of turnout as votes come in. Since early voting doesn't begin until Saturday, all … [Read more...]