New complex offers much more than tennis

Dozens and dozens of mask-wearing visitors took a celebratory tour for a preview of the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center, now under development in Zephyrhills. The center, at 6585 Simons Road, is expected to open in mid to late August. Numerous cosmetic touches remain on the $4.9 million state-of-the-art facility that’s expected to alter the landscape of The City of Pure … [Read more...]

Elks Lodge opens drive-thru food pantry

What Donna Moyer misses most is the children filing into the cafeteria, laughing, playing and sitting down to enjoy lunch. “We have a big party,” said Moyer, past Exalted Ruler at the Elks Lodge 2731, in Zephyrhills. “It’s a big deal. This year with all this extra nonsense, we can’t.” COVID-19 upended the typical Feed the Kids Program, a free summer lunch and literacy program. This … [Read more...]

Plaza Mexico — The Best Mexican Restaurant For Father’s Day

(This is a Paid Advertisement) Residents in Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and Dade City are continuing to discover one of the area’s most charming restaurants, Plaza Mexico Restaurant Bar & Grill, and keep coming back for its outstanding food and great prices. “Families love the variety of our menu, and especially enjoy our chimichangas, taco salad and combo specials,” said Hector Alvarez, … [Read more...]

Schools end unusual year on high note

Normal end-of-the-school year traditions were out this year, due to COVID-19, so schools put on their thinking caps to find new ways to honor and celebrate the students. Sand Pine Elementary School, in Wesley Chapel, held its Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, in the school’s parking lot. After a parade through the school’s parking loop, each fifth-grader’s name was written in chalk on a … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools hits million-meal mark

Pasco County Schools has delivered more than a million meals to students since school campuses closed. The district has been serving bagged meals at numerous sites and bus stops to provide meals to students who, in many cases, rely on schools for their only reliable source of food. Since March 23, when the district began its remote feeding efforts, the district has served 1,095,537 … [Read more...]

Pasco municipal elections postponed

Municipal elections in Pasco County were supposed to take place April 14, but instead are delayed indefinitely per an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis. The action was taken in the wake of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). The elections for the cities of Dade City, San Antonio and Zephyrhills will be rescheduled “as soon as is practicable,” Executive Order 20-97 states. The … [Read more...]

Threat of COVID-19 disrupts rhythms of daily life

Health and economic threats loom large in light of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), but there have been great costs, as well, on a personal level. Life as we knew it, just a few weeks ago, has been turned upside down. Recommendations to limit gatherings to 10 people are killing plans for personal celebrations — such as weddings, graduations and retirements, as well as birthday and … [Read more...]

Aldi opens Odessa store

Customers were ready when the Aldi in Odessa had its grand opening celebration on March 12. The Aldi store is one of the grocery chain’s new locations in Pasco County, and new stores are planned off State Road 56, near Wesley Chapel Boulevard, and another off U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. Patrons were lined up awaiting the store to open in Odessa. Store Manager Katherine Garner oversees … [Read more...]

Commissioners act on rezoning requests

Pasco County Commissioners approved a rezoning that will allow a 1.95-acre lot to be split, to allow two single-family homes — despite strenuous objections by neighbors. The property is on the north side of Country Club Road, about 550 feet west of Old Pasco Road, in Wesley Chapel. Attorney Barbara Wilhite, representing the applicant, told board members that her client merely wants to allow … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills steps back to the 1920s

This year’s Founder’s Day weekend in Zephyrhills will give event-goers a taste of what life was like during the 1920s. The event kicks off with a public dance, on the evening of March 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Those attending are invited to wear period clothing and to enjoy recreating popular dance moves of the era, including the “Charleston,” “Black Bottom” and “Shimmy.” The free … [Read more...]