Summer camp offers ‘real-world’ look at forensics

Some local high schoolers will get a chance to get an up-close look at the many components of forensic investigations — via a weeklong summer camp in Land O’ Lakes hosted by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and FIRST (Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security & Tactics). The FIRST Forensic Summer Camp is scheduled for July 20 through July 24. Each camp day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 … [Read more...]

Development is ramping up in Zephyrhills

Except for some weeks throughout March and April, the COVID-19 hasn’t halted much new development within the City of Zephyrhills. That’s the word from Zephyrhills Planning Director Todd Vande Berg, who outlined a number of citywide projects during an East Pasco Networking Group virtual meeting on June 23. Perhaps the most notable setback, Vande Berg said, involved a slight delay in court … [Read more...]

Commissioners elected in Dade City, San Antonio

It came more than two months later than expected, but voters in Dade City and San Antonio finally had the chance to head to the polls to elect a new group of city leaders. The Pasco County municipal elections took place on June 30, rescheduled from the original April 14 date because of COVID-19. A total of six people were newly elected or re-elected to serve the respective … [Read more...]

New complex offers much more than tennis

Dozens and dozens of mask-wearing visitors took a celebratory tour for a preview of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center, now under development in Zephyrhills. The center, at 6585 Simons Road, is expected to open in mid to late August. Numerous cosmetic touches remain on the $4.9 million state-of-the-art facility that’s expected to alter the landscape of The City of Pure … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel hoops products sign with colleges

A pair of Wesley Chapel High School girls basketball standouts will continue their hoops careers at the collegiate level. Senior Kayla Grant, a 5-foot-10 guard, signed with Georgia Southwestern State University, an NCAA Division II program in Americus, Georgia. Senior Ariana Heppenstall, a 5-foot-6 guard, signed with Bryn Athyn College, an NCAA Division III program in Bryn Athyn, … [Read more...]

Local baseball standouts ink pro contracts

Two athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area will soon get to pursue their dreams of playing professional baseball, after agreeing to terms with their respective MLB organizations. Steinbrenner High School and Florida State University product CJ Van Eyk signed a professional contract with the Toronto Blue Jays for $1.8 million, according to multiple reports. The 21-year-old … [Read more...]

A solid haul

Roy Woodhouse, left, and Rick Schueller teamed up to win first place in the South Pasco Bassmasters (SPBM) June tournament on the Harris Chain of Lakes, hauling in five bass for a total weight of 17.72 pounds. The fishing duo caught their haul flipping shoreline grass using creature baits and stick worms. The next SPBM tournament is scheduled for July 18, at Lake Henderson. For information, visit … [Read more...]

Saint Leo youth summer camp

The Saint Leo University athletics and recreation department will host a weeklong youth summer camp from July 27 through July 31. The Little Lions Camp is a kid-centered, fun-based day camp that primarily focuses on keeping kids physically and creatively active during the summer months. This event is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 13. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., each … [Read more...]

Seeking a fun summer adventure? Try scalloping

Grab a snorkel, a swim mask and some fins —  because recreational scallop season is right around the corner in Pasco County. The annual 10-day bay scallop season this year in Pasco runs July 17 through July 26. It begins annually on the third Friday in July. The county’s scallop zone encompasses all state waters south of the Hernando-Pasco county line and north of the Anclote Key Lighthouse … [Read more...]

Mickens Field improvements underway in Dade City

Construction on a new concession/public restroom building at Mickens Field soon will be underway, with completion targeted for the end of October. The Dade City Commission awarded the bid and approved contract to Borregard Construction Inc., for the project, at 14318 Canal St., in Dade City. The action came during a June 23 virtual meeting by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Nicole Deese … [Read more...]