Wednesday, May 23, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco residents urged to get flu shots

NEW PORT RICHEY

Get flu shots, health officials recommend

Flu season is upon us, so the Pasco County Health Department is urging everyone to get the seasonal flu shot. Most people recover from the flu in a few days, but some people can develop complications such as pneumonia that can be life-threatening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seasonal flu vaccine for all people 6 months and older. A flu shot is especially important for people at higher risk of having serious flu-related complications. Each year scientists try to match the viruses in the vaccine to those most likely to cause the flu that particular year. This year's vaccine once again provides protection against the H1N1 (pandemic) influenza and two other influenza viruses. Residents may contact their health care providers for the shot or visit a Pasco County Health Department office, which offers flu shots for $25 ($40 for the high dose recommended for those 65 and older). Customers providing proof of Medicare Part B (non-HMO) coverage may be eligible for shots at no charge. Flu vaccine for children is free. No appointment is necessary, but residents are encouraged to call first for availability of vaccine. The health department may be reached by calling (727) 861-5260 ext. 268 in New Port Richey; (352) 521-1450 in Dade City; (813) 558-5173 in Land O'Lakes; or (813) 780-0740 in Zephyrhills.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Lottery ticket has prize of $173,381

A lottery ticket worth more than $173,000 was purchased over the weekend at the Publix at 3100 Little Road. The winning numbers in Sunday's Fantasy 5 drawing — 08-25-31-34-36 — were selected via Quick Pick, according to the Florida Lottery. The person holding the sole winning ticket will get $173,381.45. For information visit flalottery.com.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Democratic Club to talk of 'Penny' vote

The East Pasco Democratic Club will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the meeting room of the Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road. A speaker will discuss the Penny for Pasco proposal on the November ballot. Democratic and nonpartisan candidates are invited to attend and give a short presentation. All interested citizens are welcome.

LAND O'LAKES

State lawmaker to address GOP club

State Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, will discuss the 11 amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot as well as issues for the next legislative session at the Oct. 24 meeting of the Republican Club of Central Pasco. The event begins at 6 p.m. with light refreshments and networking, followed immediately by the meeting. The group meets at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O'Lakes Blvd. For information, contact Connie Queller at (813) 326-8802.

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Sinkhole opens up near Bayfront Health’s Brooksville hospital

BROOKSVILLE — A large sinkhole opened up by Bayfront Health Brooksville hospital in a water retention pond between State Road 50 and the hospital’s parking lot, according to a hospital spokeswoman.The sinkhole poses no threat to hospital buildings, e...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Hillsborough teachers hope to get some, but not all of their raise money

Hillsborough teachers hope to get some, but not all of their raise money

TAMPA — Teachers in Hillsborough County came closer on Wednesday to reaching an agreement with the school district that would give them most, but not all of the pay they expected this past year.The deal, if it happens, will end a year-long conflict t...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
USF posts (mostly) solid APR marks

USF posts (mostly) solid APR marks

For the third consecutive year, all 16 USF sports programs posted Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores of 952 or better, well above the NCAA's minimum standard.But its two most prominent sports showed mild decreases.The 2016-17 APR scores (rolling fou...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

After a prominent Hillsborough County developer died last month in North Carolina, word spread it was a heart attack that claimed his life.But records from that state show the death of William "Bill" Bishop was much more complicated.His 16-year-old s...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Three arrested for street racing after mother fatally struck pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard

Three arrested for street racing after mother fatally struck pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard

TAMPA — An Ohio mother was struck by a speeding car and killed Wednesday while pushing a stroller across Bayshore Boulevard and her 21-month-old daughter was seriously injured, Tampa police said.The two were hit by a northbound car around 11:43 a.m. ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
State softball: Land O’Lakes advances to second straight title game

State softball: Land O’Lakes advances to second straight title game

VERO BEACH — Land O'Lakes had just finished a hard-fought 5-0 victory over Clay in the Class 6A state semifinal. Callie Turner threw a no-hitter. Jolene Bodner had a two-run single.The win was big, clinching the Gators' second straight champion...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Eckerd College student critically injured in campus accident just before graduation

Eckerd College student critically injured in campus accident just before graduation

ST. PETERSBURG — An Eckerd College student fell from a ladder on campus in the hours before her graduation ceremony and remained hospitalized Wednesday with head injuries.Chicago native Rebecca Ryan Lavin-Burgher, known as Becca on campus and RyRy to...
Updated: 1 hour ago
State baseball: Carrollwood Day comes up a run short in semifinals

State baseball: Carrollwood Day comes up a run short in semifinals

FORT MYERS — One swing.That's all it took for Carrollwood Day's historic season to come to an end.With two outs and two runners on in the third inning of the Class 3A state semifinal against Tallahassee North Florida Christian, Patriots starter...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa charter review board recommendations go to City Council

Tampa charter review board recommendations go to City Council

TAMPA —After nine months of meetings, Tampa’s first City Charter review commission has delivered its recommendations.It’s a modest wish list but an important start, commissioners said in advance of today’s City Council workshop.Mostly, the commission...
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Region baseball: Plant’s state bid falters in ninth inning

TAMPA — Sarasota outlasted Plant 2-0 in a nine-inning Class 8A region final on Wednesday to advance to next week's state tournament in Fort Myers.The Sailors will play Strawberry Crest on June 1 at 10 a.m.Scoreless through eight innings Wednesd...
Updated: 1 hour ago