Florida Hospital CEO settling into new role

It’s been a busy time for Amanda Maggard, since being appointed Florida Hospital Zephyrhills CEO more than a month ago. Her first week on the job presented a unique and challenging experience, navigating the 149-bed regional medical center in the wake of Hurricane Irma, to ensure patients could be cared for at any time. But Maggard came prepared, considering she’s dealt with four other … [Read more...]

Pasco-Hernando State College chooses new president

Timothy Beard has been selected to become Pasco-Hernando State College’s fourth president. The PHSC District Board of Trustees announced its choice at the conclusion of its presidential search, on March 18. Beard, vice president of student development and enrollment management at PHSC in New Port Richey, was among a field of four finalists. The other finalists worked at Klamath Community … [Read more...]

The adventurous life of Seva Granin

In the “Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” author James Thurber describes a meek and mild man who imagines himself as a wartime pilot, an emergency room surgeon and a devil-may-care killer. While Walter Mitty only dreamed of living a life of adventure, Vsevolod “Seva” Granin, of Land O’ Lakes, actually has been living one. Granin graduated from Academy at the Lakes in Land O’ Lakes and later … [Read more...]

Sharing Florida’s wonders through photography

Images captured by landscape photographer Clyde Butcher reveal a side of Florida that many people never see. For decades, Butcher has waded into Florida’s wild side — and until recently, he’s used a large format camera to produce captivating black-and-white images of the state’s natural splendors. Now that he’s 72, he can no longer lug the 65 pounds of equipment he used to carry into … [Read more...]

Murphy offers own repeal of nuclear cost recovery

Just weeks after one Democrat in Tallahassee put forward an idea to eliminate certain surcharges utilities can levy for projects like failed nuclear power plants, a Pasco County representative has come up with one of her own. State Rep. Amanda Murphy, D-New Port Richey, has joined forces with Clearwater Republican Chris Latvala filing H.B. 67 to repeal what is known as the nuclear cost recovery … [Read more...]

Democrat first to try eliminating nuclear cost recovery this session

A Tallahassee lawmaker is taking on one major campaign issue from the state's mid-term elections right away, proposing a bill that would eliminate the ability of utility companies like Duke Energy Corp. to collect money for its failed nuclear plant projects. State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, filed H.B. 4001 last Friday. If passed, it would repeal the nuclear cost recovery … [Read more...]

Money spoke loudly in this year’s election

He showed up around 6:30 a.m., just as the sun was starting to rise above the horizon. His place was in a side parking lot at Bridgeway Church, located on Wells Road in Wesley Chapel, and he came ready for the day. Nick Burgess put signs up around his pickup truck, touting his older brother Danny Burgess, who was running for Florida House District 38. Nick was staying until polls closed … [Read more...]

Politicians talk local, but don’t spend local

Ever wonder how much $324,000 can buy? It could supply ribs and sides for 25 families at Hungry Harry’s Family Bar-B-Que for an entire year. It could feed a complete Thanksgiving dinner from Publix to nearly every person living in Wesley Chapel and Land O’ Lakes. It could hire 15 people for an entire year at $10 an hour, with enough money left over to add a part-timer at the same … [Read more...]

In Print: Playoffs kick off Friday for Sunlake, Zephyrhills

Are you ready for the playoffs? Are the Sunlake Seahawks, or the Zephyrhills Bulldogs? Well, someone needs to be, because the state football playoffs begin Friday, with Zephyrhills on the road to the Panhandle area, while Sunlake is hosting a tough team from Ocala. "The farthest we've gotten is the second round in the playoffs," Seahawks coach Bill Browning told reporter Michael Murillo. … [Read more...]

Incumbents keeping seats on Hillsborough commission

Charlie Crist may not have been a winner in Florida, but another unrelated Crist will stay in elected office in Hillsborough County as Victor Crist won re-election to the county commission. Crist defeated Democrat Elizabeth Belcher 56 percent to 44 percent to get another four years in Hillsborough. However, the race was a lot closer for Crist's colleague, Al Higginbotham, who defeated Democrat … [Read more...]