Crisis line’s call volume rises

The call volume has been increasing at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, amid the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Statistics kept by the crisis center reveal that from March 21 through March 27, a total of 1,617 calls came in — with 540 of those being related to COVID-19. Calls from March 28 to April 3 totaled 1,828, including 704 pandemic-related calls. “The biggest … [Read more...]

Parks Ford Unveils New Dealership Building

There’s been a lot of speculation about what is going on at Parks Ford in Wesley Chapel, with its main building behind a curtain of construction since last summer, and large modular buildings put in place next door. “We’ve gutted our old building and are completely rebuilding all major customer touch points, so that we can better accommodate our customers and employees,” said Ron Parks at his … [Read more...]

Local groups help federal workers

Organizations around the region are stepping up to help, as workers and their families struggle during the nation’s longest partial federal government shutdown. The help has come in various forms. “The key is to take off some of the pressure from these folks (so they can) worry less about where their food is coming from,” explained Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector of Pasco … [Read more...]

‘Get Loud!’ takes aim at sexual assault, domestic violence

Cheers normally reverberate through Wiregrass Ranch High School’s gymnasium when a boys basketball player on the home team scores. That didn’t happen though during the initial minutes of the varsity team’s Jan. 30 game against Sunlake High School. Instead, spectators remained silent, in response to signs being shown to them that said “Shhh” and “Be Quiet.” The crowd kept quiet until … [Read more...]

Hurricane Irma: A disruptive force

With Hurricane Irma threatening Florida last week, officials weren’t taking any chances on where or when the massive storm would make landfall. The deadly storm was churning in the Atlantic, when Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Sept. 4, warning residents that Irma is a “a massive storm” that could prove devastating. “This storm is bigger, faster and stronger than … [Read more...]

Sheriff’s sergeant helps send two ambulances to Guyana

Guyana Development Mission International, an international relief organization created by Pasco County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Mike Mielke, will receive two refurbished ambulances formerly owned by TransCare Medical Transportation to help provide critical emergency medical services to the people of Guyana. The ambulances have been stocked with critical medical supplies and mechanical … [Read more...]

Crisis Center to host ‘Voices of Men’

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is hosting a free, one-night only performance of the one-person play "Voices of Men." It will take place July 17 at 7 p.m., at Stageworks Theater, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., in Tampa. The play, from Ben Atherton-Zeman, is an informative one that deals with issues such as sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and sexual harassment, officials said. It's … [Read more...]

Newest Walmart opening May 21

Walmart is set to open its newest store May 21 in northern Hillsborough County that will bring 300 jobs to the area. Located at 15302 N. Nebraska Ave., it will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will include some of the common staples found in most Walmarts now, including groceries and a pharmacy. "The new store builds upon the partnership Walmart has enjoyed with this community … [Read more...]