Getting a sneak preview of a coming attraction

Dozens of people had a chance to get an early look at The Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center, which is expected to open in August in Zephyrhills. The facility will offer much more than tennis. To find out more about it, read this week's sport story! … [Read more...]

This Lutz girl is wild about goats

Eleven-year-old Sophia Phillips first became acquainted with goats when she was just 2 years old, at the petting zoo at ZooTampa at Lowry Park. Now, she lives in Lutz and has three goats of her own and helps take care of 18 others. Find out more in our feature story of the week. … [Read more...]

Prepare now for above-normal hurricane season

Experts are predicting an above-normal 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season — and you can reduce your risks by being prepared. The following lists, compiled from disaster preparedness guides assembled by Hillsborough and Pasco counties, as well as other sources, are intended to help you prepare now to protect yourself and your property from destructive hurricane winds. It’s a good idea to stay … [Read more...]

Community celebrates Juneteenth at gathering in Union Park

A community Juneteenth celebration was held last week in Wesley Chapel’s Union Park. The event, held on June 19, marked that historic day in 1865, when slaves in Texas learned they were free. This year’s celebrations across the nation have taken on a particular significance, in the aftermath of the May 25 death of  George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, who died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after … [Read more...]

Hitting the gyms…

As Florida reopens for business, lots of people have begun hitting the gyms and fitness facilities again. Whether it’s to take a dip, walk a treadmill, lift weights or work with ropes, gyms are beginning to see activity again. Unlike some businesses, they had been totally shut down in recent weeks, due to concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19.   … [Read more...]

…to make up for lost time

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Take a moment. Savor a beautiful sunset.

It’s no secret that the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has claimed lives, caused job losses, closed school campuses, canceled celebrations and caused anxiety — and yet, beauty still remains. This sunset was captured on a spring evening, over East Lake Ellis, in Land O’ Lakes. The lake is situated between Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, School Road and Hopson Road. … [Read more...]

Signs of support and appreciation

Expressions of appreciation for first responders and health care workers, and words of encouragement for the community are showing up in all sorts of ways during this coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Here are a few examples.   … [Read more...]

Working through a pandemic

While some workers have been forced to stay at home by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order, others have continued working because their jobs are deemed to be essential. Here’s a look  at some of the work that’s been going on across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. … [Read more...]

Having fun and exercising — in the great outdoors

There’s no doubt that many people have been feeling a bit cooped up in recent weeks, in the midst of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. But, there are ways to exercise and have fun, as seen around The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. … [Read more...]