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New Pasco Times debuts May 2

The Pasco Times is about to become a "newspaper within a newspaper."

Beginning May 2, we will introduce a reimagined Pasco Times, a weekly Friday section that will bring a more analytical and insightful look inside government, business, economic development, schools, crime and more. We'll tell stories of interesting characters in our community and keep you in the loop about upcoming events.

This weekly community section will be a must-read for Pasco residents. The new publication schedule allows our reporters to dig into big issues, producing in-depth analysis and context. I'm confident you'll find this work useful and illuminating.

This section will work hand-in-hand with the daily newspaper and our website, tampabay.com, where you will find more local Pasco news.

You will see some changes in your Pasco Times.

First, it's getting a makeover, a new look. As a relaunched weekly section, it will stand out and stand on its own. The fresh design will be easy to navigate.

You will find a new education page called Education Matters, with classroom features from schools across the county, school calendar notes and events and a "reporter's notebook" from education writer Jeffrey Solochek.

We're also going to give you stories on local high school sports, in addition to those in the main Tampa Bay Times sports section. And once a month you'll find a new religion feature on churches and people of faith in our county.

Don't worry, the features you look for and rely on aren't going away.

The real estate listings that previously ran on Sundays will be found Fridays, as will our Things to Do entertainment report.

Editorials and letters to the editor will keep their home on page 2. And we hope you'll see yourself, your friends and your neighbors in the Hometown Pasco pages, Community News roundup on page 3, birth announcements and local business spotlights.

Penny Carnathan's gardening column, Diggin' Florida Dirt, will move to a new home. Fans can find the column twice a month in the Times' Sunday HomeLink section.

We're also introducing a new online feature on tampabay.com that allows readers to quickly and easily search crime reports in their neighborhoods. You can search your county by your ZIP code, street name or type of crime to find the information you're most interested in. The reports are updated daily. To see the online crime report, go to tampabay.com/pasco and click on the crime report link in the middle of the page.

You'll get your first new weekly Pasco Times on Friday, May 2. The final Wednesday Pasco section will appear April 23 and the last Sunday section will be April 27.

Market Link, a popular section with local advertising, will move from Fridays to Sundays beginning May 4.

Finally — and this is important — with the move to a weekly local section, you'll find more Pasco news every day on tampabay.com and in the Local, or "B" section, as well as Page 1A and other parts of the paper.

So keep reading the Tampa Bay Times every day for the most complete, authoritative coverage of Pasco County, Tampa Bay, Florida and beyond. On Fridays, don't miss the Pasco Times inside the paper for in-depth stories specifically about your community.

As the Times' Pasco County editor, I'm excited about these changes and the opportunity to continue serving you. I welcome your feedback at moorhead@tampabay.com.

New Pasco Times debuts May 2 04/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 6:49pm]

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