Pasco County honors its 2019 graduates

As graduates stepped across the stage at the University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center to accept their diplomas — the crowd erupted with cheers and applause. That’s not an atypical reaction at graduation ceremonies, but this one was particularly special. The Class of 2019 at Cypress Creek Middle High School made history on June 5, by becoming the first crop of graduates from the Wesley … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving: Savoring turkey and nostalgia

It’s that time of year again. Turkeys stock home freezers. Plans are made to gather with friends and family — whether they live a few miles away, or across the country. There’s the anticipation of a veritable feast of Thanksgiving football games, and the not-so-subtle signs that Christmas is just around the corner. And, as this day set aside for gratitude approaches, millions of Americans may … [Read more...]

Contract approved for Pasco’s new administrator

Pasco County commissioners signed off on a contract to hire Dan Biles as the next Pasco County administrator, with an annual salary of $220,000. County commissioners agreed to hire him on March 14, when he competed against four other candidates at a special public meeting in New Port Richey. On March 28, commissioners made Biles’ hiring official by approving his contract. Biles is … [Read more...]

In a disaster, she’ll know what to do

Vicki Buchanan is a woman who likes to be prepared. In fact, her inherent interest in being one step ahead led the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills nurse supervisor and emergency responder to take part in training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. The center, which is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, … [Read more...]

A time-honored tradition to remember those who served

The four men came to Lutz Cemetery on a Saturday morning, with a cool breeze stirring the trees, and the sun shining brightly in the clear blue sky. They got to work quickly, each grabbing a supply of American flags and staking out a segment of the cemetery. The men — Bill Garrison, Ray Mason, Richard Fernandez and Jim Evans — worked their way through the rows of gravestones, looking for … [Read more...]

In Print: Playoffs kick off Friday for Sunlake, Zephyrhills

Are you ready for the playoffs? Are the Sunlake Seahawks, or the Zephyrhills Bulldogs? Well, someone needs to be, because the state football playoffs begin Friday, with Zephyrhills on the road to the Panhandle area, while Sunlake is hosting a tough team from Ocala. "The farthest we've gotten is the second round in the playoffs," Seahawks coach Bill Browning told reporter Michael Murillo. … [Read more...]

Local congressmen support president’s ISIL plan

In a rare move, the U.S. Congress supported an initiative by President Obama Wednesday, voting to authorize limited military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or more commonly known as ISIL. Despite the U.S. House approving the measure 221-192, the area's two local Republican congressmen are still saying they're not happy with how Obama is handling the conflict in Syria … [Read more...]

Free admission July 4 for military personnel

The Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, is offering free admission for all military personnel on July 4. It's open to active duty, veteran and retired military personnel for them and up to five family members. Open exhibits on Independence Day include Disasterville, The Amazing You, as well as the BioWorks Butterfly Garden. Visitors also have a chance to check … [Read more...]

Army, Air Force vets have chance for ‘American Dream’

Military veterans with dreams of owning their own business have a chance to compete for startup money that could help them do just that. "Operation American Dream" is a contest from Signal 88 Security, encouraging those who have served the country through the U.S. Army or U.S. Air Force to submit a video by May 15 explaining why they want to own their own business. The U.S. Small Business … [Read more...]

Missing plane search expands into Brooksville area

As the search for a Zephyrhills pilot and his plane concluded its fourth day, members of Civil Air Patrol's Florida Wing and local officials have pushed their search further south into the Brooksville area. Theodore Weiss was last seen taking off from a social pilot gathering in Dunellon Saturday in his two-seat, single-engine Sonex homebuilt plane, but never made it to the Zephyrhills … [Read more...]