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Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015

Laura Kinsler

Tribune Staff

Corcoran forms political committee: Empower Pasco Citizens

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NEW PORT RICHEY — State Rep. Richard Corcoran, who has championed a move to make Pasco a charter county, for...

County administrator wants market study before new bids on Pasco sports complex

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DADE CITY — Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker wants commissioners to approve a $35,000 market study before seeking bids for a third time to develop a sports complex at Wiregrass Ranch.

Pasco commission chair Schrader considers seeking 5th term

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— Pasco County Commission Chairman Ted Schrader is rethinking his decision to retire at the end of his term in 2016.

Fire Rescue to apply for $400,000 grant

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— Pasco Fire Rescue will apply this year for a $400,000 federal grant to train, certify and outfit 50 volunteer firefighters.

Funding sought for 4-lane State Road 56 extension

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— State Sen. John Legg and Rep. Danny Burgess promised city leaders and business owners they would try to find a way this legislative session to make sure the

School district buys parcel for elementary

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— The Pasco County school district is buying a 20-acre parcel on U.S. 41 across from Connerton for a future elementary school.

Trial date set for ex-Pasco school bus aide accused of slapping autistic boy

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Circuit Judge Mary Handsel set a March 30 trial date for Ja...

Lawmaker seeks binding charter panel

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— Some Pasco legislators say they will accept the invitation from Commission Chairman Ted Schrader to appoint members to a charter government

Pasco will pay $450,000 to settle developer’s lawsuit

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NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners will pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit with a developer who sued after the county

Courthouse plan still in works

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— Pasco commissioners say they plan to move forward with the planned criminal courthouse in Land O’ Lakes, but they still need to figure out a way to pay f...

Fair also a place to compete

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— Doti Holmes hates raisins. She won’t even keep them in the house.

Second phase planned for Pasco’s Estancia

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— Less than a year after the launch of Estancia in Wiregrass Ranch, Standard Pacific ...

Push to resume for Ridge Road extension

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After a year of tweaking and nearly $500,000 in consulting fees, Pasco County will resubmit its Ridge Road application next month to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

Pasco commissioners agree on using advisory committee for charter issue

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NEW PORT RICHEY — If a Pasco County charter gets on the November ballot in 2016, it will likely have to go through the Board of Commissioners first.

City hall complex comes into focus

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— So what will the new police and city hall complex have that Dade City doesn’t have now?

New trail underway in Pasco for cyclists

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— The Florida Department of Transportation is building a 10-foot-wide paved bike trail linking Zephyrhills and Dade City as part of its $12.5 million repaving project on U...

Record crowd expected for Pasco Valentine’s Day group wedding

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Saturday’s Valentine’s Day group wedding service at the Historic Pasco County Courthouse will be the largest ever.

Commission sees new route in charter push

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— Pasco commissioners may have found a way to move the county toward a charter ...

8-foot-tall fountain coming to Pasco’s Historic Courthouse

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— For the first time since it was built more than a century ago, Pasco County’s Historic Courthouse will feature a grand fountain at its main entrance.

Zephyrhills official faces charges over coin shop sales

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— City Councilman Charlie Proctor faces three misdemeanor charges that he illegally bought and sold jewelry and other secondhand items from his coin shop, Charlie’s...

Legal immigrants unable to get driver’s licenses in Pasco

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DADE CITY — All her friends warned her not to bother applying for a driver’s license in Dade City — that they wouldn’t serve her — but Magdelena Duran wanted to find out for herself. <...

Local applicants are PHSC finalists

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— Four local applicants are among 12 who made the first cut in the search for a new president at Pasco Hernando State College.

Saint Leo expected to name new president

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— While one college presidential search begins, another is almo...

Motocross star may get new permit for Pasco compound

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— Two years after Pasco County took motocross star Chad Reed to cour...

Summertree residents may see end to water woes

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— After years of mostly fruitless negotiations with Utilities Inc., residents in

Judge upset with delays in Matos quadruple-slaying case

- A judge blasted prosecutors and the state crime lab for dragging their feet in the trial preparations for a Pasco man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and three others in September.

Coalition conducts homeless count in Pasco

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ZEPHYRHILLS — As a program coordinator for the nonprofit Society of St. Vincent de Paul, John Mafodda has spent years working with the poor and homeless in south Pinellas County.

Hudson man’s body found in water outside Port Richey restaurant

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PORT RICHEY — Port Richey police believe the elderly man whose body was recovered from the Pithlachascotee River Sunday afternoon may have taken his own life.

PHSC panel to narrow field for president

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— The national search for a new president of Pasco Hernando State College will kick into high gear next week when the...

Developer Hines set to launch Asturia

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— Home buyers shopping along Pasco’s State Road 54 corridor will soon have another option as Hines Inc. announced it is nearing the launch of Asturia.

Future may bring Pasco fiscal woes

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Even with the economy on the upswing, Pasco County is struggling to pay its bills and could be broke in a few years unless commissioners cut spending or raise taxes.

Developers have big plans along S.R. 54

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Lutz businessman Carl Anderson, owner of Caliente Resort, is in the process of selling 28 acres across from the Cypress Creek Town Center to an Orlando-based shopping center developer.

Pasco’s Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony won’t be canceled after all

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DADE CITY — Both gay and straight couples will be able to tie the knot this year during Pasco County’s traditional Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony at the Historic Courthouse in Dade City.

Pasco firefighter accused of smoking pot on job, resigns

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DADE CITY — A Pasco Fire battalion chief with 22 years experience retired over the weekend after firefighters reported smelling marijuana in his county vehicle while he was on duty Friday night.

Appraiser Wells to seek office again

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DADE CITY — Property Appraiser Mike Wells had every intention of retiring after this, his fifth term in office. But he didn’t want to be one of those people who stops working and then regrets the decision.<...

Lacrosse may not be boon for county

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Pasco County spent more than $100,000 last month to host the Dick’s Sporting Goods Lacrosse Tournament of Champions — the county’s largest tourist...

Pasco deputies make more arrests linked to escaped inmate

- More arrests have been made in a case involving an inmate who escaped Sept. 8 while on a work crew in Pasco County, authorities said.

Pasco commissioners delay decision on charter commission

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DADE CITY — Pasco commissioners said they had too many questions about charter government to rush into a dec...

Pasco Democrats elect new chairman

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LAND O’ LAKES — One month after their election ended in a dead heat, Pasco Democrats have a n...

Improvements planned for State Road 52

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— The Florida Department of Transportation plans to spend more than $180 million over the next five years on improvements to State Road 52, acc...

Leaders want to change structure of Pasco government

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A power struggle is brewing in Pasco County, where future House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Sen. Wilton Simpson want to transform county government — in...

Gay weddings process praised in Pasco despite policy change

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NEW PORT RICHEY — The first gay weddings went off without a hitch in Pasco County despite controversy over the decision by County Clerk Paula O'Neil to end her offices' practice of performing the ceremonies this ye...