Threat of COVID-19 disrupts rhythms of daily life

Health and economic threats loom large in light of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), but there have been great costs, as well, on a personal level. Life as we knew it, just a few weeks ago, has been turned upside down. Recommendations to limit gatherings to 10 people are killing plans for personal celebrations — such as weddings, graduations and retirements, as well as birthday and … [Read more...]

Aldi opens Odessa store

Customers were ready when the Aldi in Odessa had its grand opening celebration on March 12. The Aldi store is one of the grocery chain’s new locations in Pasco County, and new stores are planned off State Road 56, near Wesley Chapel Boulevard, and another off U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. Patrons were lined up awaiting the store to open in Odessa. Store Manager Katherine Garner oversees … [Read more...]

Commissioners act on rezoning requests

Pasco County Commissioners approved a rezoning that will allow a 1.95-acre lot to be split, to allow two single-family homes — despite strenuous objections by neighbors. The property is on the north side of Country Club Road, about 550 feet west of Old Pasco Road, in Wesley Chapel. Attorney Barbara Wilhite, representing the applicant, told board members that her client merely wants to allow … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills steps back to the 1920s

This year’s Founder’s Day weekend in Zephyrhills will give event-goers a taste of what life was like during the 1920s. The event kicks off with a public dance, on the evening of March 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Those attending are invited to wear period clothing and to enjoy recreating popular dance moves of the era, including the “Charleston,” “Black Bottom” and “Shimmy.” The free … [Read more...]

Pasco Sports Fair offers opportunities for all

In Zephyrhills, It was a sports enthusiasts dream — for children and adults alike. There were scaled down or mini versions of tennis, basketball, football, soccer, floor hockey, golf, virtual skydiving, even a fitness obstacle course — all offered for free, all day long. About 1,500 people passed through the first annual Pasco Sports Fair, held Feb. 16 at Skydive City in … [Read more...]

Helping youths develop soccer skills

Sometimes, doing whatever it takes to win a youth soccer game or tournament isn’t the be-all and end-all. At least that’s the way Adam and Sarah Murry see it. They think the emphasis should be maximizing each child’s soccer skills, while teaching them how to play together, in a professional, team setting. To that end, the Murrys have been working with players at Zephyrhills Elite … [Read more...]

Local YMCA: A hotspot for seniors

Zephyrhills is known for being a place where lots of people like to come during the winter — to avoid the bitter cold winters Up North. Some of the snowbirds who flock there enjoy the community so much, they become permanent residents. But there’s always a perceptible increase in traffic on the roads and diners when the snowbirds are in town. That uptick in activity is evident in … [Read more...]

Top 2019 sports moments

Teams captured state titles and local athletes turned in outstanding performances, during a year that brought shining moments and countless lasting memories. Here is a look at some of the top moments in sports, from across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: Zephyrhills High names ‘Alan Reed Court’ Little more than a year after naming its football field after legendary coach Tom Fisher, … [Read more...]

2045 roadway plan officially pushes forward

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board has approved the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan that includes numerous projects that are expected to be pursued within a 20-year time frame. “The goal is to develop [a] cost-affordable plan that covers a minimum of 20 years through the planning process,” Wally Blain, of Tindale Oliver, told the MPO board during a Dec. 11 … [Read more...]

So much to be thankful for

Three very gracious families consisting of Dave and Elaine Nalley, Karolyn Garrison, Brian Luce, Suzanne Miller, Mike Collins and their helpers, volunteered to buy, prepare and serve thanksgiving lunch to the residents. We applaud their tremendous gift. They roasted five turkeys and cooked many, many pounds of vegetables. The dessert table was overflowing. Seventy people signed up for the meal, … [Read more...]