Law seeks to reduce distracted driving

For now, drivers caught using a hand-held phone while driving through an active construction or school zone, will be issued a warning. But, at the beginning of the New Year, a citation can be issued with a $164 fine and three points against a driver’s license for the first offense. The new restriction was included in a law that addressed texting while driving, passed by the Florida … [Read more...]

Residents generally pleased with county services, surveys say

Overall, Pasco County fared well in recent citizen surveys intended to help inform the county’s planning in its allocation of resources, and to improve its programs and policies. “This is what we call our voice of the customer,” Marc Bellas, performance management director for Pasco County, told the Pasco County Commission during a recent meeting. In terms of overall government services, the … [Read more...]

Pasco County hosts Disaster Expo to help residents

Pasco County marked the beginning of this year’s hurricane season with an expo aimed at helping residents better prepare for potential disasters. The county’s 2019 Disaster Expo, held at the Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson, gave those attending a chance to learn about myriad ways to better protect themselves, if a disaster should strike. Participants at the June 1 event included the … [Read more...]

Florida agency offers safety tips for holiday travelers

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, there is expected to be an influx of events, as well as travelers heading out on the road. To better prepare drivers for a safe and fun weekend, the Florida Highway Patrol is offering several tips for the road. With a 20-cent decline in Florida’s average gas price compared to last year, this is seen as an incentive for more motorists on the road, … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Fourth of July, but be safe, too

The Fourth of July is known for its picnics, parades, fireworks and fun — but it’s also a time when festivities can be marred by accidents and injuries. To make the most of your Independence Day celebrations, while keeping you and your loved ones safe, keep in mind these safety tips compiled from a variety of news releases and websites. These tips are from the American College of Emergency … [Read more...]

Various issues surface during town hall meeting

East Pasco residents flocked to the Dade City Courthouse to meet face-to-face with Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12); State Rep. Danny Burgess, R-San Antonio; and State Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby. About 100 residents gathered inside the Board of County Commissioners meeting room on Aug. 22 to voice their thoughts and concerns with their local representatives via a question-and-answer style town … [Read more...]

Saint Leo names public safety director

Cyrus Brown, a 30-plus year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), has been named Saint Leo University’s executive director of University Public Safety. In this newly created position at Saint Leo, Brown will oversee safety and security for all of the university’s locations, including its more than 40 branch education centers and offices across the states of California, Florida, Georgia, … [Read more...]

Ridge Road extension needed to avert potential disaster

There I was on a recent Monday morning, headed west on State Road 54 on my way to one of the several part-time jobs that occupy me since the demise of the Tampa Tribune. And, it was all good. I had my podcast going on. I was making good time. The consumption indicator in my car’s computer reported I was cruising at more than 40 miles per gallon. As much as a 60-something guy not on his way … [Read more...]

‘Prom Promise’ drama aims to save lives

The crushed beer cans on the grass help to set the scene at this assembly for students at Wiregrass Ranch High School. As students pack the stands on one side of the school’s football stadium, they can see a giant black tarp — hiding a scene behind it. Then, they begin to hear voices. “St. Paul, I can’t believe you’re still drinking beer. How many beers have you had tonight?” his prom … [Read more...]

Honoring the memory of Jaret Harshman

Members of Wesley Chapel High School’s cross-country teams led a solemn procession around the school’s track on Dec. 11 to honor the memory of Jaret Harshman. The 15-year-old died from injuries sustained in a Dec. 9 car accident. Shortly after the accident, his father, Mike Harshman, shared the news of his son’s death on Facebook. After first apologizing for the shocking nature of the … [Read more...]