This teen strikes out batters — and cancer

Jack Teeter was well on his way to another standout baseball season for Academy at the Lakes (AATL), up until the COVID-19 pandemic canceled virtually all sporting events. The All-State athlete was leading the team with a .500 batting average through nine games. He hadn’t allowed an earned run in 14 innings pitched. In the […]

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Pasco Schools wins national honor

Pasco County Schools has been named the best Advanced Placement school district among large districts in the nation. The school district was among 250 districts across the United States and Canada that were named to the annual AP District Honor Roll, according to a school district news release. From those, three districts were singled out […]

Pasco courthouse has colorful history

If you visit downtown Dade City, it’s nearly impossible not to notice the stately Historic Pasco County Courthouse. It sits in the middle of a town square, at Seventh Street and Meridian Avenue. Originally constructed in 1909, and restored in a $2.3 million renovation in 1998, the courthouse was listed on the National Register of […]

Parade celebrates Stanley Burnside’s ‘Big 100’

There was a big drive-by parade on May 23 in Dade City, to honor Stanley Burnside on his 100th birthday. Those gathered were there to celebrate the century-mark of a man who served as the Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller. Both he and his father held that post. They served a combined 68 years — […]

UPDATE: Southbound I-75 to westbound SR 56 reopened

The southbound Interstate 75 ramp to westbound State Road 56 has been reopened. Work on the Diverging Diamond had closed the right lane of the ramp heading west, but kept open the left lane on the ramp. Now, motorists exiting at the ramp can head either direction on State Road 56. The ramp was reopened […]

New River library gets makeover

New River Branch Library was feeling its age after more than nearly 30 years of service to patrons in Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel. But soon, New River will be like new again. Construction on major renovations and an expanded community garden is on schedule for a fall 2020 completion. “We’re moving forward on it. The […]

Dade City considering sidewalk cleanup program

The Dade City Commission is considering a sidewalk pressure washing program to address the downtown’s main corridors — as part of a concentrated effort to provide a cleaner community appearance to attract visitors to the town. The city already has strived to beautify the downtown of late, with recent improvements to the public parking areas […]

Recreation center coming to Wesley Chapel park

Construction is expected to begin this month on a new recreation center at Wesley Chapel District Park. When the project is done — expected in the summer of 2021 — athletes will be able to dunk basketballs and quilters will be able to sew squares in the comfort of an air-conditioned building. These are just […]

Cypress Creek Middle set to open this fall

When a new school year opens, Cypress Creek Middle students will finally have school buildings to call their own. Middle and high school students have been sharing the campus, formerly known as Cypress Creek Middle High, since 2017. Beginning this fall, however, there will be a middle school for grades five through eight, and a […]

Pasco municipal elections set for June 30

Municipal elections for the cities of Dade City and San Antonio have been rescheduled to June 30, per an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis. The local elections were originally supposed to be held April 14, but were delayed due to COVID-19. The announcement of the rescheduled elections came in a press release from the […]

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Hitting the gyms…

As Florida reopens for business, lots of people have begun hitting the gyms and fitness facilities again. Whether it’s to take a dip, walk a treadmill, lift weights or work with ropes, gyms are beginning to see activity again. Unlike some businesses, they had been totally shut down in recent weeks, due to concerns about […]

…to make up for lost time

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Wiregrass Ranch High student wins honor for civil rights video

Aimee Johnson is on track to become a nurse, a profession she loves. But, this 18-year-old senior at Wiregrass Ranch High School also is an award-winning videographer. Her 10-minute video on the St. Augustine civil rights movement won a first-place regional award in an annual competition that celebrates National History Day. It is featured at […]

Experts offer ‘next steps’ advice for small businesses

Small businesses around the country recently tuned into a webinar presented by Spectrum Reach to help entrepreneurs respond to challenges posed by COVID-19. Moderator Annika Pergament, of NY 1, asked panelists about current economic conditions and asked them to provide practical suggestions for business owners to help them get to the other side. The webinar, […]

Organizers cancel Lutz Fourth of July festivities

COVID-19 has claimed another victim. The traditional Independence Day festivities in Lutz will not be held this year. For decades, the community, north of Tampa, has attracted thousands of people to its annual Fourth of July parade, and associated activities. But, this year, organizers decided it was just too risky to stage the annual event. […]

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This teen strikes out batters — and cancer

Jack Teeter was well on his way to another standout baseball season for Academy at the Lakes (AATL), up until the COVID-19 pandemic canceled virtually all sporting events. The All-State athlete was leading the team with a .500 batting average through nine games. He hadn’t allowed an earned run in 14 innings pitched. In the […]

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 […]

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Local signing

Sunlake High senior multi-sport athlete Gianna Levy signed a track and field scholarship to NCAA Division I Tennessee State University in Nashville. Levy is a three-time state track and field qualifier, and holds the school’s 400-meter dash record. She also won an individual state title in girls weightlifting earlier this year.

Land O’ Lakes unveils 2020 football schedule

The Land O’ Lakes High varsity football program has announced its schedule for the 2020 season. The Gators, finishing 2-8 last season, will be led by new head coach Trac Baugh. 2020 schedule Aug. 18 — vs. Zephyrhills High (Exhibition) Aug. 21 — at Pasco High Aug. 28 — vs. Countryside High Sept. 4 — […]

Tennis player garners national honor

Saint Leo University’s Kristyna Jurkova has been named the 2019-20 International Tennis Association (ITA) National Most Improved Senior — awarded to a senior who has showed the most improvement over the course of his/her collegiate career. Jurkova, a native of Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic, was chosen among eight finalists for the national honor. Jurkova closed […]

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