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Theodore Weiss fires up his homebuilt Sonex plane not long before he disappeared from the Marion County Airport. Authorities believe they found a crash site with his plane markings and the remains of a man not far from the airport. (Courtesy of the Florida Sonex Association)

Missing Zephyrhills plane found six months later

Authorities believe they have solved a mystery that had baffled authorities for months. A hiker reportedly found the wreckage of a plane of a Zephyrhills pilot that has been missing since last April. A plane said to be the Sonex homebuilt airplane flown by Theodore Weiss was located at the Pruitt Trailhead in Dunellon, according to […]

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Kensington Mize, left, and her sister Maryalice are involved in an effort at Connerton Elementary School to help ensure no students attending their school go hungry over the weekend.
(Courtesy of John Mize)

Helping children learn to serve, by providing healthy snacks

It’s not a bit uncommon for schools to hold food drives to help provide holiday meals for the poor, but Connerton Elementary School has a new program aimed at helping children who are hungry over weekends. The program, called Pack-A-Sack, is similar to some already under way at schools where a large percentage of children […]

Dr. O. John Maduko enjoys his position as academic dean at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes, but family is never far from his mind.
(Michael Murillo/Staff Photo)

A doctor, a dean, and a determination to help others

Some people take years into their adult life to figure out what career they want to have. But Dr. O. John Maduko, academic dean at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes, always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. It wasn’t a job at a college. He wanted to be a doctor. […]

Brock Bowles lost a three-year battle to breast cancer, which ultimately spread to other parts of his body. His wife, Kriss, has made it her personal mission to spread the word about the dangers of male breast cancer.
(Courtesy of Kriss Bowles)

Don’t forget: Men get breast cancer, too

Kriss Bowles was in Colorado attending a wedding with her husband, Brock, when he began complaining about pain in his spine as well as two of his ribs. He felt a lump in his right breast, too. When they returned to their home in Lutz, Brock decided to see his doctor. His main concern was […]

Why you don’t find political endorsements in our papers

It’s less than a month before the November elections, and nowhere in The Laker/Lutz News will you find a political endorsement of any kind for any party, candidate or issue. By design, our papers don’t have an editorial page spouting the opinions of my staff, guest columnists or myself.  In fact, our papers have not […]

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Left Behind: Bus service screeches to a halt on Monday

He leaned back on the bench, allowing just bits of a pizza delivery store advertisement to peek through for motorists to see as they sped past the New River Branch Library on State Road 54. The skies were a clear blue, and the morning coolness was quickly giving way to what would soon be a […]

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Kris Keppel — standing with his wife Dar and daughters Meredith and Morgan — thanks the fans and students during last week's Land O' Lakes-Sunlake football game for honoring him with a new award, and naming one of the school's streets after him. (Photo by Michael Hinman)

In Print: There’s only one way, the Keppel Way

Kris Keppel is the last person who feels he deserves all the accolades he’s received lately. While he had to retire as both a cross-country coach and a teacher for Land O’ Lakes High School earlier this year because of his battle with pancreatic cancer, Keppel still has to admit, what he’s done — and […]

Home sales, prices up in Tampa Bay region

It’s nothing but positives in September for the Tampa Bay housing and condominium market, as both sales and median prices have gone up. The latest report from Florida Realtors shows existing home sales are up 11 percent, and condo sales grew more than 4 percent compared to a year ago. Median sales for the area […]

Florida prepares for highly unlikely Ebola epidemic

There have been just three diagnosed cases of Ebola in the United States, and less than 200 people actually exposed to the virus. Yet, the fear by many that Ebola can become an epidemic in this country — although federal officials have dismissed any real possibility of that happening — has Gov. Rick Scott pushing […]

Vote by mail already has 10 percent turnout

Early voting doesn’t start until this weekend. But in the meantime, Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley continues to collect mail-in votes — by the thousands. As of late Monday, Corley has received more than 30,000 ballots for the upcoming midterm election. Of those ballots, 35 percent of them are from Democrats, 45 percent are […]

SBA looking to boost women-run businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Women’s Business Council have joined forces in an effort to increase the flow of money by and into small businesses run by women. The overriding goal, according to a release, is to encourage greater participation by women on the financial and investing side of high-growth entrepreneurship. “Developing […]

Theodore Weiss fires up his homebuilt Sonex plane not long before he disappeared from the Marion County Airport. Authorities believe they found a crash site with his plane markings and the remains of a man not far from the airport. (Courtesy of the Florida Sonex Association)

Missing Zephyrhills plane found six months later

Authorities believe they have solved a mystery that had baffled authorities for months. A hiker reportedly found the wreckage of a plane of a Zephyrhills pilot that has been missing since last April. A plane said to be the Sonex homebuilt airplane flown by Theodore Weiss was located at the Pruitt Trailhead in Dunellon, according to […]

McDonald’s, office structure planned for Connerton area

People waiting for a new McDonald’s restaurant on the northern part of Land O’ Lakes Boulevard may not have to wait much longer. Planners are meeting with Pasco County officials this week to build a McDonald’s, as well as a 5,000-square-foot office building on the northeast corner of U.S. 41 and Pleasant Plains Parkway. The […]

Like falling fuel prices? Thank shale

Oil production in the United States is at its highest level since the release of the first “Back to the Future” movie in 1985, and a lot of that has to do with the new shale boom. Crude oil settled at $82.75 on Friday after dropping below $80 for the first time in two years […]

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