Wesley Chapel dojo heads to karate nationals

The 2018 AAU/USA Karate National Championships kick off this week in Fort Lauderdale — and one local dojo will be well-represented. Wesley Chapel’s Keiko Shin Karate Academy (KSKA) is sending 22 athletes, ranging in ages 6 to 18, to square up against more than 3,000 elite, top karate competitors from the United States and beyond. The event runs from June 27 to June 30 at the Broward County … [Read more...]

Lack of building permits halts work

Pasco County issued a stop work order at Epperson, after a routine county fire inspection found 19 structures lacked building permits. The May 10 inspection came less than two weeks after Epperson kicked off the anticipated opening of the Crystal Lagoons amenity. The festivities, to mark the first development in the United States with this type of amenity, featured an appearance by Michael … [Read more...]

Local athletes celebrate paralympic achievements

Whenever she competes, 12-year-old Danielle Kanas gives it her all. And that mindset has worked for the Martinez Middle School seventh-grader, who ran, swam, threw and jumped her way to 15 gold medals and six national records this summer at the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals in Middleton, Wisconsin. Kanas — a single-arm amputee, missing her left arm below the elbow — recently added … [Read more...]

Ice arena offers plenty of room, action

There’s no shortage of activities — or room— at the newly minted Florida Hospital Center Ice. From learning to skate, to playing hockey and curling, there’s plenty to do at the much-ballyhooed facility, which measures 150,500 square feet. On Jan. 28, during the facility’s opening weekend, hundreds of youth and adults packed into what has been described as “the largest ice sports facility in … [Read more...]

Remembering the legacy of Odell Mickens

Odell Kingston Mickens’ legacy as a Dade City educator and civil rights activist endures more than three decades after his death in 1980. When racism and Jim Crow laws denied blacks access to public education during the 1930s, Mickens expanded the outreach of education to black students in Pasco County. When white school boards eventually included black schools into a separate, but … [Read more...]

Make your heart happy: Eat healthy

Here’s the bad news: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths results from heart disease. Here’s the good news: Heart disease often can be prevented. To keep your heart happy, it’s important to make healthy lifestyle choices and also essential to manage your health conditions. Communities, health professionals … [Read more...]

Staples closing leads searches on LakerLutzNews.com

Thousands of Web travelers found their exit off the Information Superhighway to LakerLutzNews.com thanks to search engines this past year, but what exactly lead them here in the first place? Apparently, it was all about the closing of Staples. Not long after LakerLutzNews.com started publishing daily stories to complement the print stories found each week in our papers, reporter Michael … [Read more...]

Flags at half staff to remember Pearl Harbor

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags Sunday for both the United States and Florida to be flown at half mast in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. "On Sunday, Dec. 7, we will remember and honor the 2,400 American lives that were lost during the sudden attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941," said Scott, himself a U.S. Navy veteran, in a release. "This somber and reflective day remains … [Read more...]

Local Pearl Harbor documentary to air Dec. 7

It's a day that will live in infamy, and one Pasco County Television will remember with a locally produced documentary on Japan's surprise attack of Pearl Harbor. "In Their War: America at War" will air on the government cable channel Dec. 7 beginning at 12:30 p.m. It features two Pasco residents — Werner Klemm of Port Richey and George Kass of New Port Richey. Klemm served on the USS Dobbin, … [Read more...]

Appius set to build new headquarters in Lutz

It's now official. Appius Wealth Management will begin construction soon on a new headquarters building at the Northpointe Business Park in Lutz. The company, currently based in Trinity, is looking to build a 10,900-square-foot, two-story building. Appius will take over the second floor and lease out the 5,000-square-foot bottom floor, according to a release. It will be built by the Perry Co., … [Read more...]