Dade City turns 130: It’s time to celebrate

Dade City is celebrating its 130th birthday with a series of events this week that include everything from a walking tour, to enjoying a free cupcake, to a scavenger hunt — and more. The week kicked off with events on Monday and Tuesday — which was after The Laker/Lutz News went to press. But, there are other events set for the rest of the week, beginning with a Walking Wednesday tour, set … [Read more...]

From Dade City, making Gator history

Stipulated: Father-son combinations are scarcely so rare as to be particularly newsworthy in and of themselves. We’ve had father-son presidents of the United States, twice, and fathers have been handing off everything from international corporations to small family businesses almost since the idea of commerce emerged. How ancient? The Abraham of Genesis begat the business of building great … [Read more...]

Cities to have backup water

A project to link the water systems of Zephyrhills and Dade City is headed to construction, most likely by this summer. The Zephyrhills City Council, on May 10, approved a contract for about $1.7 million with Suncoast Development of Pinellas County. Work can begin after the Florida Department of Transportation completes its resurfacing and trails project on U.S. 301, which could happen … [Read more...]

New Dade City Hall ready for debut

Dade City residents will get their first official peek inside their new City Hall at a ribbon cutting on March 11 at 10:30 a.m. City employees and law enforcement officers, however, are already getting accustomed to the new, 22,000-square-foot building. They moved in about three weeks ago. “We’ve gotten settled in,” said Gordon Onderdonk, the city’s public works director. Now, it’s … [Read more...]

Scenic vistas are in U.S. 301 vision plan

Between Zephyrhills and Dade City, a ribbon of asphalt connects two cities with distinct characteristics. At either end, U.S. 301 is a gateway into two versions of small town America. Between those places, motorists are treated to scenic vistas, rolling hills and wooded valleys. “Anyone who drives it understands the uniqueness,” said James Edwards, director of Pasco County’s Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Dade City and Zephyrhills pool their water

Zephyrhills and Dade City will connect their water systems as a hedge against emergencies and future development along U.S. 301, the highway that runs between them. City commissioners in both cities recently approved a 25-year interlocal agreement to turn their spigots on if either city is in need. Each city would pay whatever the going rate is at the time. The first step is installing about … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving is a time of tradition, fellowship, food

If Thanksgiving is all about sharing time together while enjoying a holiday meals with all of the trimmings, the Benedictine Sisters of Florida and Saint Anthony of Padua parish want to help make that happen for people unable to prepare their own meal, would otherwise dine alone, or do not have the means to make it happen. Putting on the traditional feast and inviting others to share it has … [Read more...]

Gas prices fall in Zephyrhills, Dade City

Gas prices have now dropped for six weeks in a row. And those prices could fall even lower yet, especially after the price of oil is at its lowest point since May 2013. "Motorists should continue to see a discount at the pump," said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins, in a release. "High domestic oil supplies, a decrease in global demand, and the easing of geopolitical tensions in Libya and Iraq are … [Read more...]

Gas higher for summer, but not for long term

Drivers probably were not happy to see gas prices jumping up just ahead of the Labor Day holiday, as they typically do when demand is higher, but they should be happy that it was still the cheapest Labor Day weekend gas in four years. More than 29.7 million families gassed yup for a road trip on the weekend, according to AAA, with average prices nearly 19 cents cheaper than last year in … [Read more...]

Gas prices starting to stabilize despite declines

The winning streak for gas customers has now continued into its 40th consecutive day as the price for a gallon of regular unleaded continues to drop in Florida. But with oil prices finally starting to stabilize, it might not be long before those prices halt their free fall. The price of oil dropped just 23 cents last week, compared to more than $4 the week before, according to a new report … [Read more...]