Parade celebrates Stanley Burnside’s ‘Big 100’

There was a big drive-by parade on May 23 in Dade City, to honor Stanley Burnside on his 100th birthday. Those gathered were there to celebrate the century-mark of a man who served as the Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller. Both he and his father held that post. They served a combined 68 years — for a total of 17 consecutive terms. Stanley Burnside’s life spanned a century in history … [Read more...]

Serving up food — to sustain, comfort

Concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has flattened the economy, causing many to seek out help for the first time to put food on their tables. Here is a look at some efforts, to help feed others, across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Collecting food to feed the hungry The woman pulls up and pops open her trunk, so volunteers could gather the bags of … [Read more...]

E-Notify offers court event updates

Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller Nikki Alvarez-Sowles announced the introduction of a program that allows individuals who register to receive alerts of upcoming criminal court events through text and/or email. The system, called e-Notify, is intended to keep defendants and other interested parties informed about upcoming court events. A pilot project launched last October provided alerts in … [Read more...]

New Pasco clerk seeks technology upgrades, more

New Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller Nikki Alvarez-Sowles isn’t wasting much time in trying to implement some new initiatives within the clerk’s office. She was formally appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis last month, following the retirement of her predecessor, Paula O’ Neil. The new clerk outlined a number of her ideas during an Aug. 27 East Pasco Networking Group breakfast meeting in Dade … [Read more...]

Nikki Alvarez-Sowles named county clerk & comptroller

Gov. Ron DeSantis has named Nikki Alvarez-Sowles to serve as the Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller. She will serve in that role through January 2021, filling out the balance of term for the post vacated by Paula S. O’ Neil, who retired on July 1. Alvarez-Sowles is the county’s eighth clerk & comptroller. She was named an interim successor by Sixth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge … [Read more...]

App seeks to reduce property fraud

The Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office is now offering residents a free app that will help protect against property fraud. The app seeks to take aim at what the Federal Bureau of Investigation reports as the fastest-growing, white-collar crime in the nation. The Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office is offering residents the app to help them monitor documents such as … [Read more...]

Clerk’s office warns residents of scam involving jury summons

If the phone rings and someone on the other end of the call says it’s time for jury duty, beware. The Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller’s office is reminding residents that notices of jury service and failure-to-appear notifications are still mailed, and not made over the telephone. The warning comes after the clerk’s office received word from their state association that these kinds of … [Read more...]