Sunlake High teacher lands geography fellowship

In her AP Human Geography classes, Sunlake High School teacher Anne Cullison strives to “lift the veil” on what the world is really like. She often tells her students: “Everything is geography, and geography is everything.” The local educator soon will get a chance to broaden her knowledge and add to her kit of tools for teaching. She is one of just 50 teachers nationwide selected as a … [Read more...]

Some things truly are priceless

Remember finding a coin or arrowhead and wondering if it’s worth anything? Imagine having a large document signed by Abraham Lincoln, passed down from one generation to the next, and not really knowing its value or its history with the nation’s 16th president. For now, it has a safe and protected place in the home of 84-year-old Martha M. Fountain, a lifelong resident of … [Read more...]

Helping Puerto Rico, one click at a time

As the island of Puerto Rico tries to pick up the pieces after the devastating landfall of Hurricane Maria, a group of students at Sunlake High School offered their help in the recovery efforts — via classroom computers nearly 1,200 miles away. On Oct. 2 and Oct. 3, students in teacher Anne Cullison’s Advanced Placement (AP) Geography class participated in a collaborative project called The … [Read more...]

Trails putting Florida on the map

Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp wants to get residents moving when it comes to supporting and building a network of trails and greenways. The first-time county commissioner recently invited trail experts to give residents an overview of current and future projects in Hillsborough and the Tampa Bay region. Regional trails coursing through Pasco County include the Coast to Coast … [Read more...]

Gaither High wind ensemble to perform at Carnegie Hall

A group of Gaither High School band students are gearing up this week to perform in a major music festival at one of the world’s most historic venues. The Gaither High Wind Ensemble, which consists of 50 students, is one of a select group of school band programs invited to the National Band and Orchestra Festival on April 15, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The adjudicated, unranked … [Read more...]

Local 9/11 service honors and celebrates first responders

As the nation paused to remember the lives lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 15 years ago this year, Atonement Lutheran Church in Wesley Chapel had a special service to celebrate and honor the community’s first responders. The church, at 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, held a 10 a.m. service to celebrate and honor the community’s local police officers, fire and rescue first … [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...]

Hooters coming to Land O’ Lakes? Not so fast

Could it be a little wishful thinking? Drivers heading north on Land O’ Lakes Boulevard saw a surprise announcement on the sign that once shared dinner specials at the old Mosquito Grill & Bar: the long-rumored Hooters chain was coming to that location next year. The problem, however, is it’s not true. At least for now. “I’ve called it one of Land O’ Lakes’ biggest urban legends,” … [Read more...]

A dentist with a multi-cultural perspective

Dr. Daniel Hwang (Dr. Dan) graduated from the prestigious Columbia University School of Dental Medicine in 1991. After operating a number of successful dental offices in New York City, he relocated to Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel 11 years ago to provide his three children with the very best tennis instruction. Dr. Dan opened Pasco Dental eight years ago. Owing to the loyalty and … [Read more...]

Sorry, no Hooters planned for Land O’ Lakes

It was a surprise to many drivers going north on U.S. 41 over the weekend. A bright yellow sign, painted using stencil, was posted on the old marquee board of the former Mosquito Grill & Bar restaurant at 4422 Land O' Lakes Blvd. It seemed to confirm a longstanding rumor that the Hooters restaurant chain was opening there in 2015. But it's simply not true. "Hooters does not … [Read more...]