Top moments in sports during 2018

Teams captured state titles and local athletes turned in outstanding performances, during a year that brought shining moments and lasting memories. Here are some of the highlights, from across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: USA Women’s Hockey, fans celebrate gold in Wesley Chapel Just days after celebrating a gold medal win in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes High honors ‘Voice of the Gators’

For Land O’ Lakes High School, this year’s ‘Butter Bowl’ will go down as one of the most historic, as the Gators football team finally cracked an eight-game losing streak to crosstown rival Sunlake High School, with a 35-24 home victory. The most enduring moment of the evening, however, came right before kickoff. That’s when a special dedication ceremony was held to honor longtime … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes SwampFest looks to take center stage

When the dumpster arrives at Land O’ Lakes Community Park, that’s a sure sign that the carnival equipment to set up the Midway is soon to follow, according to Doug Hutchinson, coordinator for the Land O’ Lakes SwampFest. SwampFest 2017 will feature a few new twists, according to Hutchinson, the longtime coordinator of the community fair. First off, the event will be using Heritage Stage, the … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes community stage is ready for action

After years of persistence, Land O’ Lakes finally has a place where residents can gather to hear concerts, watch plays or gather for other community events. Construction of the Land O’ Lakes Community Stage is completed and the venue is now ready for groups to use it, said Sandy Graves, one of the prime movers behind getting the project done. Graves has been talking for decades about the … [Read more...]

SwampFest gearing up for community-based fair

SwampFest, hosted by the Land O’ Lakes High School Athletic Booster Club, gives kids and adults a chance to have fun — but also helps raise money to benefit the high school and other local organizations. This year, the event will feature a new carnival company, said Doug Hutchinson, SwampFest coordinator. “It’s going to be Arnold Amusements. They’re a family oriented, family owned, … [Read more...]

Setting the stage for community gatherings

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Aug. 16 for a stage to be built at the Land O’ Lakes Community Park, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. “It’s been a long wait, but we’re very excited,” said Sandy Graves, of the Heritage Park Foundation, who has played a leading role in helping to bring the vision to life. “It was (state Rep.) Richard Corcoran, working with the governor, to get our cultural … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes stage project makes progress

The Pasco County School Board approved a contract that gives the school district the lead on constructing a stage at the Land O’ Lakes Community Park. The contract between Pasco County and the state Division of Cultural Affairs calls for the construction to be completed by June of 2017. The school board’s vote on Dec. 15 approved an agreement between the board and the county for the school … [Read more...]

Swamp Fest returns, and so does the fun

This weekend's Swamp Fest has actually been two years in the making. But the organizers weren't behind schedule. The event had to skip a year because of renovations underway at Land O' Lakes Community Park, 5401 Land O' Lanes Blvd. That $2.4 million project is now complete and the park is ready for Swamp Fest again, which will be held Oct. 30 through Nov.1. This year, the festival … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes resident wants return of Flapjack Festival

For nearly 30 years, Mark Ballard had a routine when it came to the Land O’ Lakes Flapjack Festival. “The kids would go to eat the pancakes in the morning, then we would go and spend pretty much all day on the rides,” he said. “Then we could go home and come back again at night.” Ballard lives on what was once the festival’s parade route, and he would take his children — and later his … [Read more...]