Pasco looks to become sports tourism destination

Pasco County is putting its sports and recreation offerings front and center, in a strategy aimed at boosting tourism. Visit Pasco — the county’s tourism arm — is rebranding its slogan to “Florida’s Sports Coast.” The announcement came at the second annual East Pasco Economic Development Summit. Adam Thomas, who oversees Pasco’s tourism efforts, said the new moniker shows the county is … [Read more...]

Voters on both sides of the aisle say they want change

Voters across Pasco and Hillsborough counties turned out in far greater numbers for the 2018 midterms than they did four years ago. Websites kept by the local supervisor of elections show that 60.64 of Pasco County’s registered voters turned out, while Hillsborough’s turnout — at 61.48 percent — was even higher. Pasco’s turnout in the 2014 general election was 53.38 percent; Hillsborough’s was … [Read more...]

Artistic couple opens home gallery in Wesley Chapel

Upon entering the front door, various colors seem to emanate from all directions. The living room and dining room walls are covered with diverse paintings. The tables are decked with sculptures of different shapes and proportions. More artworks can be found in the bedrooms, too. This is the Wesley Chapel home of Bernard and Gwendolyn Brooks, who moved to the area a year ago from Washington … [Read more...]

Fighting child hunger in Pasco, one backpack at a time

When Amber Chancey and her husband, Paul, moved to Wesley Chapel in 2016, the couple had no idea the impact they would have on their new community. They did know that they wanted the best education for their children, and they also knew that a healthy, balanced meal played a vital role in this. Meanwhile, Susan Coffey, a third-grade teacher, and several colleagues at Double Branch Elementary … [Read more...]

Sharing joy through Operation Christmas Child

Jennifer Hernandez is in the business of spreading love – not just locally, but globally. For the past two years, she and Bridgeway Church, where she attends in Wesley Chapel, have been coordinating their efforts to help kids worldwide in what is known as “Operation Christmas Child.” The nondenominational Christian project was first established in 1993 and is based in North Carolina under the … [Read more...]

Local author hopes his story will help inspire others

Remington Walls hasn’t let his disease define him — and he wants the same for those dealing with similar circumstances. The 18-year-old Land O’ Lakes native has lived a life without regular food or drink since he was diagnosed at age 4 with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), a rare, incurable disease where all food deteriorates his esophagus. His only source of nutrition has come via a … [Read more...]

Ten-year-old uses home décor business to pursue Olympic dreams

In the age of GoFundMe campaigns and other fundraisers — where someone is always seemingly always asking for a handout — 10-year-old Hailey Henderson is using her own hands to try to make her dreams come true. The Wesley Chapel youth has launched a home decor business — Hailey Brooke Designs  — stamping personalized books for nearly every occasion. Each sale helps pay for her figure skating … [Read more...]

New fire district a first in Pasco in nearly a decade

Pasco County firefighters, county officials and first responders gathered on Sept. 17 to mark the beginning of construction for a new Wesley Chapel fire station. The groundbreaking ceremony for Station 38, which began at 8 a.m., was held at the fire station’s future location on Overpass Road. The ceremony marked the first addition of a new fire coverage area in Pasco County since … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel schools earn national PTA distinction

Wesley Chapel’s Double Branch Elementary School and Dr. John Long Middle School each have been named a 2018-2020 National PTA School of Excellence. The National PTA organization has a program with specific criteria, allowing schools around the country to be acknowledged for their service to students. The year-long process includes choosing one of three areas of focus: education, health and … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 09/12/2018

Political season is heating up in Pasco County Wesley Chapel Republican Club The Wesley Chapel Republican Club will meet Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m., at Lexus of Wesley Chapel, 5350 Eagleston Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Guest speaker will be Florida State Rep. Danny Burgess, who also is the newly appointed manager for future operations for the Pasco Sheriff's Office. Admission is free, and all are … [Read more...]