Fear, flight and faith

Author relives escape from Iraq For most people, Iraq is a faraway place on a glowing computer or television screen. It’s a place where we send soldiers and spouses and sisters, and pray for their safe return. It’s somewhere we forget as our work, softball practice, income taxes or other things absorb our attention, until the next news report pulls us back to images of desert and … [Read more...]

More mortgage-free homes for veterans coming in 2015

Building Homes for Heroes is using a $2 million grant through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to help build or modify homes in the state for injured veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Florida is becoming the most military-friendly state in the nation, and our partnership with Building Homes for Heroes is a fantastic opportunity … [Read more...]

Election Day is here! And so is everything you need to know

Today is Election Day where Florida will elect a governor, an attorney general, a chief financial officer and an agriculture commissioner among others. Locally, however, voters will have to decide on representatives in Tallahassee, as well as who will represent their interests on the county commission. In last week's print edition of The Laker/Lutz News, we offered an election primer, which you … [Read more...]

Local congressmen support president’s ISIL plan

In a rare move, the U.S. Congress supported an initiative by President Obama Wednesday, voting to authorize limited military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or more commonly known as ISIL. Despite the U.S. House approving the measure 221-192, the area's two local Republican congressmen are still saying they're not happy with how Obama is handling the conflict in Syria … [Read more...]

Gas prices fall in Zephyrhills, Dade City

Gas prices have now dropped for six weeks in a row. And those prices could fall even lower yet, especially after the price of oil is at its lowest point since May 2013. "Motorists should continue to see a discount at the pump," said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins, in a release. "High domestic oil supplies, a decrease in global demand, and the easing of geopolitical tensions in Libya and Iraq are … [Read more...]

Fallen journalist moves flags to half staff Friday

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags in Florida to fly a half staff Friday following the execution of an American journalist with state ties in Iraq earlier this week. Steven Sotloff was a Time reporter who was once a journalism student at the University of Central Florida in Oviedo. He had been a prisoner of the militant group ISIS, which currently has control of parts of Syria and Iraq, and who … [Read more...]

Gas prices locally are falling

Not even the Fourth of July weekend was enough to kick up oil prices, as gasoline costs are falling to what one organization is calling a three-month low. The price of oil dropped for the third consecutive week, allowing the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline to fall for the 16th straight day, according to a new report from AAA. Since last week, the average price in the … [Read more...]

Gas prices to slip a little for July 4

Fourth of July is coming, and drivers hitting the roads might get a patriotic gift of lower gas prices. AAA says it expects to see the most cars on the road in seven years, with as many as 34.8 million Americans expected to drive 50 miles or more. However, while gas prices might be coming off of some highs of recent weeks, this could still be the most expensive July 4 holiday since … [Read more...]

Bilirakis to host veterans town hall meeting

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis is inviting veterans to attend a town hall meeting for what he's calling a "candid conversation" about their experiences with local Veterans Affairs offices. The event will take place June 5 at 10 a.m., at New Port Richey City Hall, 5919 Main St., in New Port Richey. Although it's focused on veterans, it is open to the public. Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, said in a … [Read more...]

Husband and Wife Team Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Open Clinic in Wesley Chapel

Women have many choices when it comes to cosmetic surgery and skin care. Board-certified plastic surgeons and board-certified dermatologists are uniquely trained to provide these services. Together, Drs. Raj and Aparna Ambay provide Tampa’s first center for coordinated care. “Quality and safety should always be a priority,” Dr. Raj Ambay, a board-certified plastic surgeon, recommends … [Read more...]