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...]

They’re off to learn the ins and outs of leadership

While some kids are heading to the beach or to a theme park this summer, a trio of girls who just wrapped up fifth grade at Lutz Elementary are gearing up for a trip to Washington D.C. Kylie Flynn, Kaitlyn Britton and Alice Mooneyham will be participating in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. The students were nominated by their former teacher, Cindy Morrissey. The girls can’t … [Read more...]

Local youth attends Trump’s address to Congress

Like millions of other Americans, Colin Cagle viewed President Donald Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28. Unlike most, the 13-year-old Odessa resident, attended Trump’s speech in Washington D.C. He was the invited guest of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. That fact is even more impressive, considering each member of congress was allotted just one extra ticket for … [Read more...]

Local women join Women’s March on Washington

When they set out for the 13-hour trek from Lutz to the nation’s capital, the women weren’t sure what to expect. Betsy Murdock, Ivana Sheppard, Ana Torres, Kathy Abrams and Katherine Pogorzelski shared a van to make the trip. Along the way, they wondered how big the crowd would be and how diverse. When they arrived to join the Women’s March on Washington, on Jan. 21, the experience … [Read more...]

Local 9/11 service honors and celebrates first responders

As the nation paused to remember the lives lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 15 years ago this year, Atonement Lutheran Church in Wesley Chapel had a special service to celebrate and honor the community’s first responders. The church, at 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, held a 10 a.m. service to celebrate and honor the community’s local police officers, fire and rescue first … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel: No. 1 job market

Wesley Chapel is at the top of the list for “best job market” in Florida, according to a report from WalletHub on 2016’s Best & Worst Florida Cities for Finding a Job. The Washington D.C.-based financial website ranked 130 cities in the state in three categories: job market, socio-economic environment and overall. While Wesley Chapel came in first, Lutz and Land O’ Lakes ranked 16 and … [Read more...]

Honoring Vietnam War veterans for their service

The City of San Antonio received an official Certificate of Partnership from the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as a Commemorative Partner Flag during the city’s commission meeting on June 21. Brig. Gen. Thomas V. Draude, a retired member of the United States Marine Corps, presented the flag and award to the city, according to Lou Rinaldi, who is involved in the commemorative … [Read more...]

Center Ice to open in October

The walls are up, the ice has been poured, and droves of hockey players soon will visit Pasco County. A hard-hat tour of the 150,500-square-foot Florida Hospital Center Ice Complex revealed significant progress of the $20 million project, at 3173 Cypress Ridge Road in Wesley Chapel. A crowd of more than one hundred Pasco county business leaders and representatives toured the facility … [Read more...]

Finding music within life’s difficulties

Playing classical music is not the easiest feat — even when you’ve had formal training and are adept at reading sheet music. For James Williams, it is even more challenging. Not only does he lack formal training, but he also has had to overcome obstacles caused by his autism, a condition he was diagnosed with at age 3. The now 18-year-old, who originally hails from London, said he began … [Read more...]

Cafeteria lady basks in the limelight

When Suellen Smith began stocking formal attire in a closet in the Zephyrhills High School cafeteria, she was hoping the effort would help create a little magic for some young men and women. The cafeteria manager knew that most of the school’s students come from families that struggle financially, and she wanted to do her part to help. So, in addition to the hundreds of meals it serves … [Read more...]