LOL Swampfest returns with carnival fun

The fall Swampfest will celebrate its 10th annual event at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., from Nov. 1 through Nov. 4. The Land O’ Lakes High School Athletic Booster Club is hosting the event, and invites the public to come and enjoy the festivities. Twenty-four carnival rides will be set up on the premises by Arnold Amusements Inc. A one-night armband for unlimited … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes’ Heritage Stage makes its debut

It was an occasion to mark the completion of Heritage Stage in Land O’ Lakes, and it had all of the trappings of a traditional small-town celebration. The American Legion Post 79 presented the colors. Sanders Elementary students led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sunlake High School Seahawks band played a few numbers. And, public officials and staff members were there … [Read more...]

A good week to be a newspaper publisher

Some weeks being the publisher of a weekly newspaper is more fun than others. And, the past week was one of them. Let’s begin with the recognition we received at the annual meeting of the Florida Press Association. Led by editor B.C. Manion, our news department received 10 statewide awards for outstanding photography, news stories and feature writing. These awards convey the quality of work … [Read more...]

SwampFest gearing up for community-based fair

SwampFest, hosted by the Land O’ Lakes High School Athletic Booster Club, gives kids and adults a chance to have fun — but also helps raise money to benefit the high school and other local organizations. This year, the event will feature a new carnival company, said Doug Hutchinson, SwampFest coordinator. “It’s going to be Arnold Amusements. They’re a family oriented, family owned, … [Read more...]

Big changes in store for Pasco schools

A lot of change is in store for Pasco County Schools during the 2015-2016 school year. Students arriving at Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet School will find not only a new campus, but a new way of learning, too. They’ll be attending classes in the Pasco school district’s first magnet school program, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts and … [Read more...]

The power of friendship revealed through barrel racing event

Lots of people don’t know a thing about barrel racing. There are probably even fewer who have heard of Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. But even if those who don’t have a clue about either of those, chances are they’ve had a friend or two in life that has made them feel special. And, along the way, if that friend were in trouble, they have wanted to be there … [Read more...]