When Alice saw Earl, ‘It was love at first sight’

Alice and Earl Angel were only teenagers when they met, but Alice knew instantly that he was the one for her. The couple — celebrating their 77th anniversary on Feb. 20 — recalled that first meeting. “In our little town, we had what you call a square,” Earl said. People would come to people watch there, or meet up with friends. “I come around the corner one evening, and I see this … [Read more...]

Event honors 78th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

It was 78 years ago — Dec. 7, 1941 — when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, killing nearly 2,500 Americans and wounding 1,000 others. The attack precipitated the entry of the United States into World War II and, as years pass, those associated with the Zephyrhills Museum of Military History believe it’s even more critical to share and preserve the stories of the fateful day. “We can’t … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel color guards receive national acclaim

While the Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron is affiliated with aviation, its their performance on ground that has granted them national accolades. The squadron’s color guard team, known as The Wesley Chapel Knights, has won two consecutive national championships in 2018 and 2019. 1st Lt. Cesar Alayon is one of the commanding officers who helps oversee the local cadets. “We’re the only team in … [Read more...]

Veteran’s gratitude for new face, new friend

When Veteran Don Clough looks in the mirror, he says he’s now satisfied by what he sees. That’s after undergoing multiple surgeries over the course of the last seven decades. The surgeries were required after he suffered serious facial wounds while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Born on the Fourth of July, the Missouri native felt an obligation to serve his … [Read more...]

Clay Sink remains; others fade away

Small communities with names such as “Mexico,” “Drexel,” “Ehren,” and  “Chipco” appeared on Pasco County maps more than 100 years ago. They were located along the Orange Belt Railway, the first — and last — railroad to cross Central Pasco with a potential for future development. The names of those small towns now are mere footnotes in Pasco County’s history. But, a tiny community has … [Read more...]

PHSC lecture analyzes Dr. King’s national acclaim

Dr. Derrick White analyzed the evolution of Dr. Martin King Jr.’s rising popularity during a lecture series at Pasco-Hernando State College, to honor the contributions made by the slain civil rights leader. White gave presentations at the college’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, and also spoke at its campuses in New Port Richey and Brooksville. His talk was entitled “Making a King: The … [Read more...]

Dancing for sugar cubes

It may sound like the stuff of dreams, but there’s a place in Florida where horses with sunlit manes dance for sugar cubes, and tourists seeking a break from glitzier and expensive attractions are welcome to watch. Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan stallions have settled back into their winter home, a 25-acre ranch in rural Manatee County, following nearly six months of performances at fairs and … [Read more...]

Holocaust scholar talks theology in Nazi Germany

For historians studying the Holocaust, many questions still remain, including how Christian theologians grappled with their beliefs under National Socialism. Dr. Victoria Barnett offered insight to that phenomenon, during a Nov. 9 speaking engagement at Saint Leo University. Barnett is the director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the … [Read more...]

MacDill AFB’s changing missions through 75 years

MacDill Air Force Base has been around for more than 75 years — with roles that have changed to correspond with evolving military needs. The base now houses the 6th Air Mobility Wing, with operations primarily in aerial refueling mission and personnel transport. Its purpose was quite different during World War II, however. The Tampa Bay History Center, in partnership with the Jimmie … [Read more...]

‘He was our own Indiana Jones’

After 91-year-old Bill Smith was laid to rest on Aug. 11 amid the emotionally riveting melody of bagpipes from quaint Smith Cemetery, a group of Smith’s fans gathered at Lake Jovita to swap stories and remember the rugged Wesley Chapel pioneer. Dr. Christopher Darby Immer, the pioneer’s son, was among those paying homage to Bill’s memory. “He was our own Indiana Jones!” said Immer, … [Read more...]