Legislative forum covers wide spectrum of issues

Dozens of speakers signed up to draw attention to topics they think are important at Pasco County’s annual legislative delegation meeting. The topics ranged from fracking to Medicaid; the opioid epidemic to immigration; medical marijuana to homelessness; and, scores of budget requests. Some requests were for items vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott last year. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, for … [Read more...]

Activists bring new life to Moore-Mickens

The Pasco County School District handed over the keys to the new tenants of the Moore-Mickens Education Center effective July 1. The lease is for 30 years at $10 a year. So, now the school’s future is in the hands of a coalition of community activists who founded the nonprofit Moore-Mickens Education Center and Vocational Center Inc. Its legacy already is in place. Moore-Mickens is … [Read more...]

Spreading cheer, and cuddly bears, at Christmas

A Land O’ Lakes mom recently led an effort to help less fortunate children by making stuffed bears and other animals at Build-A-Bear Workshop at The Shops at Wiregrass. “I made an event on Facebook,” said Cindy Ross, whose business RP&G Printing, is in Wesley Chapel. “I asked people to come build a bear. Bring their kids, bring their family. Just have fun building a bear that they’re … [Read more...]

Pasco Extension eyeing options for new home

Nobody disputes that Pasco County’s Extension Office is in serious need of an upgrade. But that’s where the consensus ends. Extension now operates out of space owned by the Pasco County Fair Association, under an annual $17,000 lease, which is currently on a month-to-month basis. But the office is too small and outdated to meet Extension’s needs. The county wants to improve conditions … [Read more...]

Celebrating San Antonio’s small-town charms

When you’re young and restless, Betty Burke says, San Antonio is the sort of town you leave. It’s small. It’s sleepy. It’s a long way from anywhere. It scarcely helps that its mascot is the Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake, the deadliest serpent in North America. More about that in a moment. So you go. To college. To a fast-paced career. To bright lights and busy streets. To places that, … [Read more...]