Locals among top MLB draft prospects

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball (MLB)’s 2020 first-year player draft has been shortened to five rounds, from the usual 40 rounds in previous years. The draft, scheduled for June 10 and June 11, assigns amateur baseball players to MLB teams. Even with the new consolidated format, however, several locals from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area have a solid chance at being … [Read more...]

Former Miss Pasco keeps busy with acting, modeling

Leja Apple has surely kept herself busy in the years since being crowned 2013 Miss Pasco. She has a burgeoning modeling and acting career — appearing in various commercials, infomercials and independent films. She’s also an on-air host at HSN, peddling hair and makeup products. On top of that, she’s an adjunct professor of speech communication at St. Petersburg College and a sales event … [Read more...]

Local astronomy club promotes stargazing

A group of amateur astronomers have gathered at New Port Richey’s Starkey Park for 15 years, toting their telescopes to help the public get an intimate glimpse at planets, star clusters, meteors and galaxies. The space enthusiasts’ latest gathering held particular meaning. The Pasco Astronomers celebrated its 15th anniversary on Aug. 11 with a free public stargazing event the park. It … [Read more...]

Sunlake High student named Foot Locker scholar-athlete

Sunlake High School’s Andrea Wallace is more than just a star basketball player who can score and rebound at will, and dazzle in the post, with her 6-foot-1 frame. She’s also a standout in the classroom, maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average all through high school. Besides athletics and academics, Wallace, too, strives to make an impact in the community. It’s why she founded a school club … [Read more...]

Bay area transportation talk gets a reboot

State highway officials kicked off a regional discussion on the future of transportation in Tampa Bay with more than 100 people from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Hernando, Polk and Pasco counties. The initial workshop for what is dubbed, Tampa Bay Next, was at the Bryan Glazer Jewish Community Center in Tampa on May 24. During the next two years, the Florida Department of Transportation will … [Read more...]

Local athletes sign with colleges

The athletic talent pool continues to flourish throughout north Hillsborough, and east and central Pasco. Dozens of local high school athletes signed their letters of intent (LOI) on Feb. 1 to various colleges and universities as part of National Signing Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in February. Once again, schools in our coverage area were well-represented. Wiregrass … [Read more...]

Pasco-Hernando State College chooses new president

Timothy Beard has been selected to become Pasco-Hernando State College’s fourth president. The PHSC District Board of Trustees announced its choice at the conclusion of its presidential search, on March 18. Beard, vice president of student development and enrollment management at PHSC in New Port Richey, was among a field of four finalists. The other finalists worked at Klamath Community … [Read more...]

Internships aim to offer new possibilities

Brandon Butts got a break when he was 12 years old — working as an apprentice in a computer repair shop. Months later, a promised job never materialized. But his experience at the repair shop set him on a path toward becoming a successful businessman with his own repair shop, Anything Computers, 38501 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. Now, 16 years after his youthful apprenticeship, the … [Read more...]