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Suspect arrested in Thanksgiving Day shooting in Wesley Chapel


Brooke Thomas, 11, poses for a portrait inside the headquarters of her charity, The Thomas Promise Foundation, in Zephyrhills, Fla. on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. With the help of her mother, Thomas collects food donations and distributes them to local children in need as part of "Operation Backpack." LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Zephyrhills girl's foundation aids in her quest to help feed needy children in Pasco

ZEPHYRHILLS — As a 7-year-old student at Centennial Elementary School in Dade City, Brooke Thomas noticed that some of her friends and classmates had a problem. And she felt compelled to help. "Some of my friends were on free and reduced-price lunch, and they couldn't spend 75 cents to buy an extra snack," the Zeph …


  1. Zephyrhills man thrown from motorcycle, dies in collision on U.S. 301

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 45-year-old motorcyclist was killed Saturday night when a pickup truck drove into his path on U.S. 301 in Pasco County, Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported.

  2. Suspect arrested in Thanksgiving Day shooting in Wesley Chapel


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Deputies on Friday arrested a suspect in the Thanksgiving Day shooting of a 37-year-old Wesley Chapel man.

  3. Once again, Black Friday in Tampa Bay 'not crazy at all'


    Starbucks had the longest line at Tampa Premium Outlets Thanksgiving night. So did the one in Westfield Brandon at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.

    Shoppers browse discounted purses at the Michael Kors outlet store on Thursday evening at the Tampa Premium Outlet mall. Michael Kors offered 40% off all items in the store plus an additional 20% for Black Friday customers. (ZACK WITTMAN   |   Times)
  4. Feet flying a long way

    Human Interest

    TRINITY — Emma Meyers was only 3 when she first took the stage as a tap dancer. Now, the Trinity resident will be the only dancer from Florida representing the United States in a competition widely considered to be the "Olympics of tap dancing."

    Meyers and her mother, Gina, are members of a family with a long dancing tradition, going back to Gina’s great-grandmother.
  5. Pasco Business digest for Nov. 27


    Business digest


    NEW BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU MEMBER: SMARTstart Dade City Business Incubator member Access Computer Training has met the accreditation standard required for membership by the Better Business Bureau.

  6. Bowen: Bringing some common sense to the search for a sense of place


    Where is the elusive sense of place?

    It's got to be around here somewhere. It sure gets talked about a lot.

  7. Christmas concerts, light displays and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast


    Musically inclined

    A Saint Leo Christmas: A family-friendly Christmas concert will take place at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. Admission is free, but reservations are required …