Figure skating heats up in Wesley Chapel

As Tampa Bay becomes synonymous with hockey this time of year, another ice-based sport is heating up in the region. For the first time, the Florida Sports Foundation selected Pasco County to be the host community for the annual Sunshine State Games Figure Skating Championships. The competition took place at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, from May 18 through May 20. The … [Read more...]

Fallen officers honored at memorial service

Dozens of citizens, along with well over a hundred Pasco County law enforcement officers, joined together at the Historic Dade City Courthouse to honor fallen officers — both past and present. Fallen officers, both locally and nationally, were honored during a 90-minute ceremony at the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service on April 29. During the solemn occasion, several speakers — … [Read more...]

Going the extra mile to express gratitude

Pat Gavros set off on a journey last month, in a personal show of gratitude to the nation’s veterans and first responders. It was a 21-day trip that took her through 19 states, with stops at veterans’ homes, police and fire stations, and memorials. Along the way, Gavros handed out plaques and cards, thanking the men and women she met for their service. She made the trip alone. She ate … [Read more...]

New twist to holy wafer

Our Lady of the Rosary offers low-gluten hosts A pivotal moment during the celebration of the Catholic Mass occurs during communion, when believers come forward to receive the Body of Christ. But some members of Our Lady of the Rosary were choosing to stay in their pews, because they have Celiac disease, which means they cannot ingest gluten, a protein found in wheat. “There are … [Read more...]

In Print: (Police) lights, (body) cameras, action!

Don't ask Pasco County sheriff Chris Nocco to wait in doing something he believes in, even if it's unclear how taking action would be received by the public. That's why Nocco isn't waiting for court challenges or even the Florida Legislature before ordering more than 400 body cameras that will be equipped to deputies out on patrol. And while the $400,000 annual cost will be eaten by federal … [Read more...]

Florida’s unemployment rate slips, but still mostly flat

Florida's unemployment rate has slipped a bit in September, bringing it to its lowest point since June 2008, but still remaining mostly flat since last December. The rate, according to Gov. Rick Scott's office, was 6.1 percent in September, down from 6.3 percent in August. That was the result of 12,800 new private-sector jobs in the month, but the percentage of unemployed people is still larger … [Read more...]

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel looks west for new CEO

Denyse Bales-Chubb is the new president and chief executive for Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, beginning Aug. 1. She replaces Brian Adams, who filled a similar position at Florida Hospital Tampa earlier this year. "Denyse is committed to our mission and growing the legacy of Seventh-day Adventist health care," said Don Jernigan, president and chief executive of Adventist Health System, … [Read more...]