Halloween happenings fill upcoming calendar

Many people call it Halloween. For others, it's a fall festival. Whatever you call it, it's a time for special events and things to do in your area. Some are a bit frightening and geared toward adults. Others are fun and feature activities for children. There might be games, treats and maybe a few scares, but there's something for everyone. And while Halloween is at the end of October, … [Read more...]

She was a master at making connections

Cindy Freeman worked in a job that required excellent networking skills. Fortunately for her and the people she met, she had them. The 57-year-old woman, from Land O’ Lakes, succumbed to her battle with esophageal cancer on Aug. 29. Her funeral services were on Sept. 2, at Loyless Funeral Home in Land O’ Lakes. Freeman worked as the membership coordinator for The Greater Wesley Chamber of … [Read more...]

School supply drives aim to help kids, teachers

Chambers of commerce, businesses, civic organizations, churches and community groups are busy collecting items that students will need once school begins. Some efforts are broad outreach programs, and others involve individual churches. Some seek to help teachers fill their supply cupboards so they won’t have to dig into their own wallets to pay for supplies their students … [Read more...]

Strong early voter turnout so far in Pasco

Brian Corley likes what he's seeing for the 2014 election so far. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, more than 21 percent of registered voters in Pasco County have dropped a ballot in the voting box, and there's still two full days of early voting left. "We're on pace to beat 2010, and we're doing that with less than a 10-minute wait" at early voting locations around the county, said Corley, Pasco's … [Read more...]

Vote by mail already has 10 percent turnout

Early voting doesn't start until this weekend. But in the meantime, Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley continues to collect mail-in votes — by the thousands. As of late Monday, Corley has received more than 30,000 ballots for the upcoming midterm election. Of those ballots, 35 percent of them are from Democrats, 45 percent are from Republicans, and 20 percent were from other … [Read more...]

Nearly 13,000 votes already cast in Pasco

Political candidates on the Aug. 26 ballot are making last-minute preparations as they await to hear what voters have decided about their fate. But nearly 13,000 people already have voted in the primary election — all by mail. Pasco County supervisor of elections Brian Corley has been keeping a real-time update of turnout as votes come in. Since early voting doesn't begin until Saturday, all … [Read more...]

Chuck E. Cheese’s coming to The Grove

Family food and entertainment is on its way to a neighborhood near you as The Grove at Wesley Chapel plans to open the county's first Chuck E. Cheese's. Oakley Grove Development LLC has submitted plans to the county to build a 14,260-square-foot outparcel at The Grove, located on Wesley Grove Boulevard fronting Interstate 75. The plans for the new kids-centered eatery are on the agenda for … [Read more...]