The Laker/Lutz News wins 10 Florida Press Association awards

The Laker/Lutz News received 10 awards during the 2017 Florida Media Conference on Aug. 11 at The Ritz-Carlton Naples. The newspaper garnered three first-place, six second-place and one third-place prize in the Florida Press Association’s Better Weekly Newspaper Contest. The contest drew 1,154 entries from 56 newspapers. Winners were selected by judges in Arizona, Ohio, Pennsylvania, … [Read more...]

2016 marked by rapid growth, touching moments

The national election captured headlines and attention, but 2016 was an eventful year in many other ways, as well, across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. The big story is the region’s growth. New houses are popping up all over the place, with developments such as Long Lake Ranch, Estancia at Wiregrass Ranch, Connerton, Bexley and Asturia, just some of the residential communities … [Read more...]

Forgiveness brings freedom, genocide survivor says

There was a time when Immaculee Ilibagiza didn’t think she’d live to see another day. Now, she rejoices for each new day because it gives her a chance to share her faith. Ilibagiza, author of “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust,” was at St. Timothy Catholic Church on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28, sharing her story of survival — which she attributes to God’s immense … [Read more...]

Finding hope, in the heart of darkness

Immaculee Ilibagiza boards an airplane nearly every week to travel to a speaking engagement, where she shares her message of hope and forgiveness. That’s the primary theme of her book, “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.” Ilibagiza grew up in a small village of Rwanda and had been attending the National University of Rwanda to study electrical and mechanical … [Read more...]