Pasco County honors its 2019 graduates

As graduates stepped across the stage at the University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center to accept their diplomas — the crowd erupted with cheers and applause. That’s not an atypical reaction at graduation ceremonies, but this one was particularly special. The Class of 2019 at Cypress Creek Middle High School made history on June 5, by becoming the first crop of graduates from the Wesley … [Read more...]

Pasco terminates agreement with USF regarding ‘body farm’

The Pasco County Commission has voted to terminate an agreement with the University of South Florida involving 6 acres of land, north of Central Boulevard in Land O’ Lakes. Commissioners ended the arrangement with USF — effective May 7, 2022 —  as part of their consent agenda on May 7. Items on the consent agenda are voted on in a single block without discussion, unless someone pulls the … [Read more...]

Expo encourages better money management

Offering ways to better manage money was the central theme of Pasco County Schools’ Financial Literacy Expo, held at Wesley Chapel High School. Representatives from various organizations and companies came together to inform students and adults, alike, on how to prioritize their expenses. The Wesley Chapel High session was on April 4. A previous session had been held on April 1 at Marchman … [Read more...]

USF dean shares tips for successful negotiations        

When it comes to negotiations, there are two basic truths. One, everyone negotiates. And, two, everything is negotiable. At least that’s how Moez Limayem, dean of the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business, sees it. He shared his expertise on the art of negotiations at a recent North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, at Pasco-Hernando State College’s … [Read more...]

Summit addresses mental health challenges

Overcoming mental health and substance abuse issues in local communities seems a daunting undertaking — but offering a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on may be a good place to start. At least that’s what a group of educators and faith-based leaders asserted at a recent mental health summit at Pasco-Hernando State College’s (PHSC) Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, in Wesley … [Read more...]

An atrophied hand offers beauty, inspiration

Finding and creating beauty in spite of life’s obstacles is something Shyama Rangwala knows all too well. She is a professional painter and art instructor with five studios ranging from Land O’ Lakes, Tampa and Brandon. Her birth name is Monali; however, under her adopted artistic name, “Shyama,” she is renowned for her featured work in more than 25 exhibitions in both her native India, … [Read more...]

Carballa appointed assistant county administrator

The Pasco County Commission has confirmed the appointment of Mike Carballa to serve as the assistant county administrator for public infrastructure. Carballa’s confirmation became effective on Oct. 14. County Administrator Dan Biles recommended Carballa for the position after a nationwide search, which attracted more than 40 applicants. Carballa joined the county’s staff in April 2014 as … [Read more...]

Efforts underway to help Hurricane Michael victims

In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, some local efforts are underway to help the storm’s victims. Hurricane Michael was monstrous, clocking winds at 155 mph and becoming the first Category 4 storm to slam into Florida’s Panhandle. Its fierce winds and storm surge have reduced coastal communities to rubble, and after wreaking its havoc on the Panhandle, the destructive storm made its way … [Read more...]

Forensics research center expected to break new ground

Construction is now underway in Land O’ Lakes on a forensics and training facility that will offer a collaborative resource for universities, forensic scientists and law enforcement. Ground was broken during a Sept. 19 ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics, or F.I.R.S.T for short. The complex will be next to the Adam Kennedy … [Read more...]

Judson was a trailblazer

The Pasco-Hernando State College community is mourning the recent death of Dr. Robert Judson Jr., the college’s second president. The educator began his career at Pasco-Hernando State College in 1972, when the college was a community college — known as the college without walls — and was in the process of opening its doors to Pasco and Hernando county communities, according to a news release … [Read more...]