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Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy and field training officer Kristina Perez, right, demonstrates the new body camera that other deputies in Sheriff Chris Nocco’ department will be equipped with beginning in February. 
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Future is here: Body cameras coming to Pasco

Many law enforcement agencies around the country continue to debate whether they should have patrol officers wear body cameras — but the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office isn’t waiting any longer. More than 400 deputies and investigators will be equipped with body cameras in February, a movie Sheriff Chris Nocco said would make neighborhoods safer for […]

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Miscarriage: Often a hidden grief for families

Reina Flores-Robinson said she and her husband had not been trying to start a family when she learned she was pregnant. But as soon as they found out, they began making future plans for their baby. The infant’s due date was Dec. 24, but Flores-Robinson had a miscarriage last June. There had been complications early […]

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Contract proposal includes pay raises, more planning time

Negotiators for Pasco County Schools and the United School Employees of Pasco have hammered out a deal that includes pay raises and increased instructional planning time. But it also calls for the end of smoking on all district properties and for the end of a district early retirement program. Teachers and school-related employees, on average, […]

Experience the charm of an old-fashioned Christmas at the 33rd annual Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Henry B. Plant Museum.
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If you’re looking for holiday cheer, check this out

There are plenty of local holiday happenings to appeal to young and old, but there’s a wide assortment of regional attractions to help brighten the season as well. If you’re looking for something fun and affordable to do, here’s a list of possibilities. TAMPA The 33rd annual Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Henry B. Plant […]

Brendan Duran and his soccer teammates at Wiregrass Ranch High School are off to a perfect start.
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Bull Run: Wiregrass Ranch soccer team still undefeated

Sunlake High School is considered a powerhouse boys soccer program in Pasco County. And for good reason: The Seahawks have a long track record of success, a winning coach, and they’re undefeated so far this season. But they’re not the only ones. Wiregrass Ranch High School has had five straight winning seasons, and the sixth […]

Nutcrackers of all sizes are just part of the Christmas decorations at the Old Lutz School.
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No-cost Christmas fun for the entire family

It’s Christmas season, and families will spend a lot of time doing holiday-themed activities together. But what does that really mean in 2014? Going to a crowded mall to buy more things? Waiting for an hour to get into a chain restaurant? Stringing up half-broken lights on the house that will stay up until well […]

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Scott celebrates Florida job creation milestone

Gov. Rick Scott is cheering job growth in Florida, saying that more than 700,000 jobs have been added to the state since December 2010. That came on the heels of nearly 39,000 new jobs created in November, the highest single month of private sector job growth since Scott took office. That milestone is significant, he […]

Compton, Proctor seek re-election in Zephyrhills

One election season has ended, but it seems another already is getting underway. Kent Compton and Charles Proctor were the first candidates to file for the April elections, both looking to retain their seats on the Zephyrhills City Council. Both won re-election the last time their seats were up in 2013. Compton defeated Rose Hale […]

HornBlasters owner buys industrial space in Zephyrhills

A Crystal Springs company known for its manufacture of train horns designed for cars and trucks is expanding its property holdings in the greater Zephyrhills area. Landon Enterprises LLC, a company associated with HornBlasters Inc. owner Matthew Heller, closed last month on more than 5.5 acres of land located inside Copeland Industrial Park, not far […]

Companies could get tax credits for hiring felons

Getting out of prison can be tough for many convicted felons, not just adjusting to the outside world, but finding a way to fit in. Jobs remains one of the biggest obstacles to making that transition, but a Miami lawmaker is proposing an idea that might provide an incentive for companies to hire them. State […]

Premier to take over maternity services

Premier Community Healthcare Inc. will soon inherit prenatal services to expecting mothers from the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County. The state agency will no longer provide those services effective Jan. 31, and already has stopped accepting new prenatal clients. Premier will take over that care for current prenatal clients who have not chosen […]

Graduation rates up at Pasco schools

Nearly 70 percent of all Pasco County’s public high school earned an A or B grade from the state, with no D’s or F’s — and graduation rates are up to almost 80 percent as well. Florida released its grades for high schools on Thursday following a more strict grading scale that suggested some schools […]

Orthodontist plans medical building at Wesley Chapel hospital

Developers are looking to build a three-story office building just in front of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel on land connected to a local orthodontist. Armando Cabre, of Cabre Engineering LLC, is set to meet with county officials behind closed doors next week to discuss plans to build a 16,000-square-foot medical office building on 1.8 acres […]

MPO keeps elevated toll road on long-range county plan

Pasco County’s 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan is on its way to both federal and state authorities, highlighting the county’s plan for roads, transit and sidewalks over the next 25 years. And one transportation feature that made the cut? Elevation roads along the State Road 54/56 corridor. A group of residents successfully fought a proposed private elevated […]

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