School construction activity heating up

Cypress Creek Middle High will be adding a senior class this year, but that isn’t the only change that will be happening at the campus off Old Pasco Road. Cypress Creek Middle School is under design right now, with construction expected to begin in October or November, said Mike Gude, director of construction services and code compliance for Pasco County Schools. The construction budget for … [Read more...]

Sunshine Athletic Conference East spring awards announced

Earlier this month, high school coaches from the Pasco County School District announced SAC (Sunshine Athletic Conference) All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2017-2018 spring sports season. Selections were made for both the East and West Division. The following high schools from our coverage area were represented in the East Division: Cypress Creek, … [Read more...]

Browning reports on school issues

Practically no education-related topic was off limits during Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning’s recent visit with The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. At a recent breakfast meeting at the The Edwinola, Browning touched on everything from teacher pay and performance standards, to acceleration programs and school safety. “We live in a crazy day and time in education,” … [Read more...]

Spring football preview for area teams

Spring football practices are underway at high schools across the state — though the first games of the 2018 season remain several months away. Florida high schools are allowed a maximum of 20 practice sessions from April 23 to May 31, according to Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) guidelines. Here are five points to consider as spring practices ramp up: How does Academy at … [Read more...]

Local educator named a PBS ‘Digital Innovator All-Star’

It’s no secret that educator Bobbi Starling knows her way around technology. When she was a classroom teacher at Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills and at Centennial Middle School in Dade City, she was constantly introducing students to technical tools which could enhance their education and broaden their view of the world. Now, as the magnet schools program coordinator for the … [Read more...]

Sunshine Athletic Conference awards announced

High school coaches from the Pasco County School District recently announced the Sunshine Athletic Conference All-Conference Teams, Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year, for the 2017-2018 winter sports season. Selections were made for both the East and West division. The following high schools from our coverage area were represented in the East: Cypress Creek, Land O’ Lakes, Pasco, … [Read more...]

Solid year for local hoops

Florida high school basketball has wrapped up, and while no teams from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area won a state title, several boys and girls squads nonetheless achieved impressive performances during the 2017-2018 season. Here’s a look back at some of the teams and players who stood out: Boys Carrollwood Day School Patriots (Class 4A) Record: 24-4 overall, 8-1 district 4-4A Four … [Read more...]

Moonshine, Turpentine and Timber

The theme of this year’s 108th Founder’s Day in Zephyrhills is “Timber, Turpentine and Moonshine.” The trio of products played an important role during Zephyrhills’ early days. Vast pine and cypress were abundant throughout the area and provided raw materials for building. Besides timber, they provided turpentine and related products. Greer’s Lumber Mill, operated by Jim Greer, was … [Read more...]

Track and field standout leaps into nationals

It didn’t take long for Keymo Pearson to realize Arielle Boone oozed potential when she joined his AAU track club last spring. “Day 1, when I saw her…I said, ‘Hey, if this girl stays with the team, she’s going to be great.’ My exact words were, ‘She has the chance to be one of the best jumpers in Pasco County history,’” said Pearson, an assistant track coach at the Wesley Chapel-based Speed … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills prepares for its 108th Founder’s Day

Zephyrhills' Main Street is rallying merchants, community activists and citizens for its 108th Founder’s Day celebration on March 10. Gail Hamilton, of Zephyrhills Community Development, and Anna K. Stutzriem, Main Street coordinator for Main Street Zephyrhills, are in the midst of planning festivities for the daylong event. Stutzriem hopes this year’s event will help restore the glory of … [Read more...]