Prep football midseason review

The 2019 Florida high school football regular season has reached the midway point. Here’s a closer look at how teams and players are faring from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Perfect performers At the midway mark, there are three programs sporting undefeated records — Academy at the Lakes, Gaither and Steinbrenner. What do each have in common? Potent offenses backed by efficient, … [Read more...]

Bellamy Brothers headline Rattlesnake Festival

The Bellamy Brothers are returning to a local festival that launched the beginning of their iconic country music career five decades ago. Darby natives and residents Howard and David Bellamy will headline a special concert at the 53rd annual Rattlesnake Festival on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., at the Pasco County Fairgrounds’ Dan Cannon Auditorium, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. The duo will be … [Read more...]

Pasco County seeks new location for food relief

Pasco County commissioners don’t want a replay of the overwhelming crowds and hours-long waits that hampered efforts in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties for residents seeking to qualify for disaster food relief following Hurricane Irma’s destruction. So, on Oct. 16, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles prepared to send a letter to the Florida Department of Family and Children Services … [Read more...]

Florida Hospital CEO settling into new role

It’s been a busy time for Amanda Maggard, since being appointed Florida Hospital Zephyrhills CEO more than a month ago. Her first week on the job presented a unique and challenging experience, navigating the 149-bed regional medical center in the wake of Hurricane Irma, to ensure patients could be cared for at any time. But Maggard came prepared, considering she’s dealt with four other … [Read more...]

In Print: It took long enough, but Lowe’s is coming

The intersection of State Road 54 and Land O' Lakes Boulevard already is a busy one. But it's going to get even more crowded. Work started last week on the new Lowe's home improvement store between Winter Quarters RV Park and the Pasco County fire station, bringing more than 100,000 square feet of shopping space and some 125 jobs. And just across the street, Marshalls is getting set to open its … [Read more...]

In Print: Journey’s hospital journey, along with Easter plans across the area

There's nothing faux pas about Journey's faux paw. The 5-year-old Golden Retriever was born without a left paw and uses a prosthetic to get around — especially to visit patients at St. Joseph's Hospital-North in Lutz. "Everybody enjoys a visit from a therapy dog," Ron Graff told reporter Michael Murillo. "I get comments from patients all the time that many of them are missing the pets … [Read more...]

New email addresses, and read us on your smartphone

There have been some exciting changes in recent weeks to how you can read The Laker/Lutz News each week, and how you can communicate with us as well. The first change is in how you can reach the staff by email. For years, using was the way to get to us. However, that is no longer the case, as we ask that you replace it with If you don't want to make a trip to … [Read more...]

Central Pasco’s Business Expo kicks off Friday

Food, businesses, and did we mention food? The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce's Community Spotlight Business Expo 2014 kicks off today beginning at 4 p.m., at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex. The annual event helps bring area businesses to the forefront, encouraging residents to "shop local first." Tables and booths will be set up, introducing and re-introducing them to … [Read more...]