Former Pasco banker lands in Central Florida
After a murky split with First National Bank of Pasco, former president J. Lamar Roberts has taken a job with First National Bank of Central Florida. Pending approval of the bank's regulatory body, Roberts will become president of Central Florida, which has six offices in Orange and Seminole counties. Roberts served as president of First National Bank of Pasco for 17 years. He led the institution from dire straits to a "superior" rating from Bauer Financial, which rates banks on how well-capitalized they are in an era of higher loan losses, among other criteria. First National Bank of Pasco was the only county bank to earn Bauer's "superior'' status. Roberts' contract with First National was not renewed when it expired in April. Board member Robert Sumner, who told the Times the board could not reach an agreement with Roberts on the contract's terms, is First National's new president.
Recycler collecting old phone books
Got phone books? The RESORCE recycling club is collecting the old books all month to keep the yellow tomes from filling up the waste stream. Residents may drop off the books from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at Accurate Waste, 6141 Siesta Lane in Port Richey. Or they can leave their books from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at Stop-n-Play, 10933 U.S. 19 in Port Richey — and get two game tokens per book. Residents across the county can also place their phone books in the GreenFiber recycling containers outside many Pasco schools. For a full list of participating school locations, visit http://recycle.pasco.k12.fl.us/ and click on the "Community Paper Recycling Program" link underneath the picture of the green container.
NAACP chapter to meet Tuesday
The local NAACP will hold its July meeting on Tuesday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 14518 Seventh St. The executive board meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. The public is invited and new members are always welcome. For information call Ardelle Sims (352) 346-6132 or Diane Parker at (813) 778-6743.
Offices closed today for holiday
All Pasco County government offices, as well as the courts, are closed today in celebration of Independence Day. The Tax Collector's Office and the Animal Control shelter will be closed on Saturday as well. All county libraries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, but will be closed Saturday. Pasco County Public Transportation will provide regular bus service today, and will follow the Saturday/holiday schedule this Saturday.