Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Finalists named for Pasco school district employee of the year

LAND O'LAKES

Finalists named for schools' top employee

The Pasco Education Foundation has announced the finalists for the school district employee of the year awards. The finalists for Teacher of the Year are Sabrina Schmitz of Mitchell High; Darcy Cleek of John Long Middle; and Paula Berry of Wiregrass Ranch High. The finalists for Administrator of the Year are Pat Reedy, who retired in December as Pasco High principal; Information Services supervisor Chuck Hutinger; and Exceptional Student Education director Melissa Musselwhite. For School Related Personnel of the Year, the finalists are Christie Mitchell of Centennial Middle; Teresa Blankenship of Land O'Lakes High; and Jacqueline Hall of Schrader Elementary. And for Non-instructional Non-bargaining Employee of the Year, the finalists are Food and Nutrition financial coordinator Nicole Westmoreland; maintenance secretary Teresa Schuldt; and Weightman Middle School plant manager Stephen Gandy. The winners will be announced at an event on Feb. 9 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High School.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Ker's WingHouse to open in March

The former Buffalo's Southwest Cafe, which shut down during the recession, soon will house a new restaurant. Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill, the Largo-based chain of wing restaurants served by young women in short shorts and low-cut tank tops a la Hooters, has announced plans to open in March at 5510 State Road 54. The restaurant is expected to create about 100 new jobs, a company spokeswoman said. Hiring will likely begin the same month. Ker's, a sports-themed casual dining restaurant chain founded by Florida Gator and National Football League veteran Crawford Ker, plans several more locations across the state. Visit www.winghouse.com for information.

SPRING HILL

Storybook event needs sponsors

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties Inc. is seeking sponsors for its fourth annual "Storybook Forest" event scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park. Early childhood educators will create interactive displays based on children's books. For sponsorship opportunities, or for information about Storybook Forest, contact quality supervisor Bev Doucet at [email protected] or call (727) 233-8291. For information about the Early Learning Coalition and its services, visit www.phelc.org.

Correction

VFW Tawney Rowe Memorial Post 4412 will host a fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at 9734 Dick St., Hudson. An incorrect location appeared Wednesday in the Things to Do listings. For information on this event, call (727) 679-1602.

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Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

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Pope begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable harm’ from sex abuse

Pope begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable harm’ from sex abuse

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Some fear Spa Beach billowing net sculpture could catch birds and storms

Some fear Spa Beach billowing net sculpture could catch birds and storms

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Florida boy, 6, dies of rabies contracted from a bat

ORLANDO — A 6-year-old Florida boy has died from rabies he contracted after being scratched by an infected bat.The father of Ryker Roque told NBC that the boy died Sunday at an Orlando hospital.Father Henry Roque said he had found a sick bat, put it ...
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Pasco man fatally struck on Interstate 70 in Kansas

SALINA, Kan. — The Kansas Highway Patrol says a Florida man died after he was hit by a car as he walked along Interstate 70 near Salina.The patrol says 35-year-old Cody Nordlund of New Port Richey died Sunday night.He was walking in an eastbound lane...
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North Korea calls Trump a ‘lunatic’ and a ‘loser’ in response to nuclear button tweet

North Korea calls Trump a ‘lunatic’ and a ‘loser’ in response to nuclear button tweet

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Forecast: More warm weather, but frigid conditions are returning to Tampa Bay

Forecast: More warm weather, but frigid conditions are returning to Tampa Bay

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The Daystarter: Boat fire claims 42-year-old mother of two; cold kills fish, attracts vultures, Licht on Bucs’ ‘brutal’ year; warm returns, for a day

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Pasco plans industrial site on utility property

Pasco plans industrial site on utility property

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From the food editor: Recipe for warm, cozy Pita Ribollita soup

From the food editor: Recipe for warm, cozy Pita Ribollita soup

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