2015 marked by growth, loss, compassion

New construction captured many headlines during the year 2015 in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. But, so did traffic issues and changes happening in area schools. Other news chronicled setbacks and tragic losses. But, there were inspiring stories, too. Tampa Premium Outlets, a 441,000-square-foot mall with 100-plus designer brand shops, opened in October off State Road 56, near the … [Read more...]

Kirk leaves his mark on Saint Leo

Whenever students, faculty, staff and visitors walk across the campus of Saint Leo University, they’ll see a permanent reminder of Dr. Arthur Kirk. Kirk Hall, dedicated in a ceremony on Oct. 15, is the kind of academic space that Kirk, who retired in the summer of 2015, thinks is important for teachers and students to have. It is equipped with tools designed to prepare teachers to make … [Read more...]

Saint Leo’s veterans department serves those who have served

When military veterans were asked what type of information they wanted from a school or university, the top answer wasn’t information about graduation rates or estimates regarding student loan debt. It wasn’t even information about what credits earned in the military would be accepted by the institution. Those were important, of course. But according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office … [Read more...]

Saint Leo recognized again for student diversity

Saint Leo University once again is celebrating its focus on student diversity, earning another top 100 ranking for minority students from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The St. Leo-based school is ranked ninth nationwide for its number of African-American students earning a bachelor's degree, and 31st in the nation of the same minority group working on a master's degree. Saint … [Read more...]

Mail-in votes racking up for municipal elections

In less than 24 hours, polls will open in Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills to decide three local government races. And it's not clear if any last-minute campaigning by any of the candidates may matter. Mail-in ballots already represent an average 7 percent turnout in all three municipalities. St. Leo is leading all the cities and towns in Pasco County with a 17 percent turnout by mail so far … [Read more...]