Hunter dies after falling from tree stand
A hunter perched in a tree stand fell to his death in the east Pasco woods Tuesday night, deputies said. The middle-aged man, who was not identified, was found by deputies shortly after 7 p.m. near Quail Hollow Boulevard and Green Willow Run. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating, did not release any additional information Tuesday night.
Publix has opening in new center
A Publix supermarket will have its grand opening at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Hays Road Towne Center at Hays Road and State Road 52. The center will feature 25,200 square feet of retail, which will be anchored by the Publix and surrounded by neighborhood shops. Tenants that have already signed on include hair and nail salons, a dry cleaner, pizza parlor and a wine store. Crews broke ground last year. A second phase is planned for an additional 20,570 square feet of medical offices and retail. Developers hope to attract a sub shop, a sit-down restaurant, banks, a tax or financial services firm, an ice cream or coffee shop as well as a dentist and walk-in clinic.
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Court won't review ruling on sheriff
The 1st District Court of Appeal has denied a motion by the Pasco Sheriff's Office to review its ruling in favor of the Fraternal Order of Police, which has been at an impasse with Pasco Sheriff Bob White for more than three years over disciplinary procedures. The ruling, handed down in early December, said White cannot act as his own "legislative body" to decide contract terms in his favor after reaching a stalemate with deputies at the bargaining table. The court's ruling says the County Commission should settle matters if the sheriff and the union can't agree. White appealed the ruling Dec. 29. In a one-page letter dated Jan. 27, the court denied the sheriff's request.
Eat pancakes and help the needy
The Volunteer Way, IHOP and the Knights of Columbus will have their next free pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 5850 K of C Drive (behind the Honda dealership on U.S. 19 and Ridge Road). Cornerstone Community Church will provide children's crafts and face painting. Information and applications for Florida KidCare, affordable health insurance for children under the age of 19, will be available. The breakfast is open to everyone — those in need, as well as those who want to help them. Donations are welcome but not necessary. All funds collected will be used to buy food for the less fortunate. The Volunteer Way Food Bank assists more than 10,000 Pasco County families in need. For information call (727) 815-0433 or visit thevolunteerway.org.
Local obituaries are in the Tampa Bay section.