Lutz teen gets heartwarming surprise

When Abbie Grace Flohr returned to her Lutz neighborhood after a life-saving surgery, she was greeted with a life-affirming welcome home celebration. The young woman, who will be a freshman at Steinbrenner High this fall, was coming home from the hospital, after a surgery to address a massive blood clot in a vein near her heart, according to her mom, Cheryl Flohr. The operation took six … [Read more...]

Watermelon festival offers sweet, old-fashioned fun

It was billed as the first annual Lutz Watermelon Festival — and, the sweet juicy melon was a big draw. There were watermelon-eating contests for kids and adults, a watermelon-catapult contest, and a Little Miss Watermelon pageant. Other ways to have fun included a large hay bale walk, tire swings, a rock climbing tower and a dunk tank. Festival-goers could grab a bite to eat from a … [Read more...]

Time capsule unearths memories in Lutz

A 60-year-old time capsule unearthed at Learning Gate Community School will be a teaching moment for at least one third-grade teacher. The battered metal box held items buried on July 18, 1948 during a ceremony to lay the cornerstone for the First United Methodist Church of Lutz. The congregation now resides in a new church off West Lutz Lake Fern Road. The former church site came into … [Read more...]

Alternate fundraiser for Old Lutz School

The annual Lutz Guv’na campaign has become a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been canceled. In lieu of that fundraiser, the Lutz Civic Association is sponsoring an alternative. It is offering Lutz-branded merchandise for sale to benefit the Citizens of the Old Lutz School. All profits will go to the support of the historic Old Lutz School. To view items available for purchase, … [Read more...]

Organizers cancel Lutz Fourth of July festivities

COVID-19 has claimed another victim. The traditional Independence Day festivities in Lutz will not be held this year. For decades, the community, north of Tampa, has attracted thousands of people to its annual Fourth of July parade, and associated activities. But, this year, organizers decided it was just too risky to stage the annual event. “We mulled it over for many, many weeks. … [Read more...]

Lutz video game studio offers virtual concerts

As coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) is keeping most stuck inside home, a Lutz-based video game studio is discovering novel ways to keep users together and entertained. For years, Artix Entertainment has been creating free online fantasy-based video games filled with monsters, magic and storytelling. Among the most popular iterations is the AdventureQuest3D series, which takes … [Read more...]

Keystone Community Church delivers Easter joy

Members of the Keystone Community Church delivered Easter baskets and food to 26 families on April 1. The food boxes contained dairy, meat, bread from Publix, fruit, veggies and nonperishable items. The Easter baskets were made by the church’s women’s group, along with Emma Wasson, a volunteer’s granddaughter. The church, which is on State Road 54 just west of the U.S. 41 … [Read more...]

Scout project creates fun options for dogs at park

When Sean Monahan brainstormed ideas to gain the rank of Eagle Scout, he finally settled on a way to help man’s best friend. The scout decided to incorporate new accessories for dogs at the Carolyn Meeker Dog Park in Lutz. The member of Boy Scout Troop 12 – also in Lutz - had to tackle a project that betters his community as one of his requirements to earn the rank of Eagle … [Read more...]

This entrepreneur is bullish on Pasco

When Thomas Giella Jr., launched his business, he was a one-man operation — and he wasn’t sure how to get it where he wanted it to go. So, he took advantage of various programs offered through the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., and began learning more about the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur. That helped get his business rolling, and now, six years later, he still uses what … [Read more...]

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North expands

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North has completed a $75 million expansion, and began welcoming patients to its more spacious facility this week. The project doubled the hospital’s capacity — increasing it from 108 beds to 216 beds. The hospital also has upped its intensive care unit beds from 12 to 24. And, has more room to deliver services, accommodate visitors and enhance employee work … [Read more...]