Teacher broadens her horizons through a fellowship in Korea

It’s fitting Karen Coss teaches AP Human Geography and World Cultural Geography at Land O’ Lakes High School. After all, she has visited 16 countries on six continents. “I like to travel,” said Coss, who also teaches psychology at the high school. Her most recent international stop came this past summer, in South Korea. The trip was part of a teaching fellowship through the Korean War … [Read more...]

Figure skating heats up in Wesley Chapel

As Tampa Bay becomes synonymous with hockey this time of year, another ice-based sport is heating up in the region. For the first time, the Florida Sports Foundation selected Pasco County to be the host community for the annual Sunshine State Games Figure Skating Championships. The competition took place at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, from May 18 through May 20. The … [Read more...]

USA Women’s Hockey, fans celebrate gold in Wesley Chapel

Just days removed from celebrating a gold medal win in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the USA women’s ice hockey team returned to where their remarkable journey all began — Wesley Chapel. It’s where the team spent more than five months getting prepared for the Winter Olympics, training at Florida Hospital Center Ice and lodging at Saddlebrook Resort. It’s also where … [Read more...]

Korean War spy shares wartime experiences

For nearly 50 years, Eddie Ko didn’t tell a soul about the integral role he played during the Korean War. “Not even my wife or my children,” the now 80-year-old said. But for the past 15 years, the Tampa resident has gladly shared the experiences he had as a 14-year-old spy, helping the United Nations throughout the “Forgotten War.” He began sharing his story in 2002, after he began … [Read more...]

Korean Methodist Church buys former CrossRoads campus

The Tampa Korean Methodist Church made the big move north from Tampa to Wesley Chapel last April. And now they own the 33 acres and much larger sanctuary on County Line Road that once housed CrossRoads Community United Methodist Church. The Korean Methodists, who conduct services both in Korean and English, finalized the sale of the church campus at 26211 County Line Road, in September for $1.2 … [Read more...]

In Print: A true American hero, remembered once again

It's the kind of heroic scene that movies try to capture, but can never quite get right. Baldomero Lopez is a name many residents might be familiar with locally, thanks to the veterans nursing home just off Ehren Cutoff. Reporter Michael Murillo, however, shares a lot more about the man behind the name in his regular history column, Presenting the Past. There, we learn about Lopez, a … [Read more...]

Local man offers spiritual help at Sochi Olympics

The 2014 Olympics in Sochi may have been half a world away, but a chaplain from Lutz was there, offering spiritual support to athletes. Asif Shaikh, who pronounces his name “Ah-sif Shake,” traveled more than 30 hours, with stops in Chicago, Dusselfdorf, Germany, and Moscow before flying over the opening ceremonies to land in Sochi. But it wasn’t his first Olympic experience. He and his … [Read more...]