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Wiregrass High valedictorian Casey Chitty crowns Sand Pine Elementary students Anna Buckler, left, and Samantha Allen Thursday morning in honor of both girls breaking the Accelerated Reader record that Chitty set 10 years ago. [BRENDAN FITTERER  | Times]

It's a record-setting year for readers at Sand Pine Elementary

WESLEY CHAPEL — All school year, Samantha Allen and Anna Buckler kept close tabs on what the other was reading. Not just the titles, either. The Pasco County fourth-graders monitored numbers of pages, and even the location of their bookmarks within the inches-thick tomes. They were in hot pursuit of a record that h …

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  1. Pasco Business digest for May 29

    Business

    Business digest

    Briefly

    CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Traffic Advertising, Scott Fink and Hyundai of New Port Richey are working together to promote the Christmas in July donation drive at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa. Fink, who serves on the board of directors, is a financial …

    NURSE OF THE YEAR WINNERS: The Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco had its ninth annual Nurses Gala on May 8 in conjunction with National Nurse Appreciation Week. The event is the signature fundraiser for the free health care clinic. This year’s festivities included honoring the oldest nurse in west Pasco — Lillian Rhodes — with a Nursing Tribute Award. A total of 11 nominees were showcased, and a Nurse of the Year was revealed for each local hospital. Registered nurse Sharon Armstrong, Medical Center of Trinity; licensed practical nurse Jim Henry, Morton Plant North Bay; RN Isabella Discepolo, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point; and LPN Joyce Mann, Gulfside Regional Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care, won the People’s Choice Award. Shown from left are: Discepolo, Mann, Henry and Armstrong.
  2. It's a record-setting year for readers at Sand Pine Elementary

    K12

    WESLEY CHAPEL — All school year, Samantha Allen and Anna Buckler kept close tabs on what the other was reading.

    Wiregrass High valedictorian Casey Chitty crowns Sand Pine Elementary students Anna Buckler, left, and Samantha Allen Thursday morning in honor of both girls breaking the Accelerated Reader record that Chitty set 10 years ago. [BRENDAN FITTERER  | Times]
  3. Stanley Cup finals could put Garth Brooks concerts at Amalie Arena in jeopardy

    Music & Concerts

    Garth Brooks may be one of the biggest musicians in history, but even he might not be able to take down the Stanley Cup finals.

    Country music star Garth Brooks is scheduled to perform two concerts June 6 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  4. Water quality advisory issued for Pasco beach park

    Water

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Bacteria-laden water at the Robert K. Rees Memorial Beach Park poses a potential health threat to swimmers, the state Health Department in Pasco County said Thursday.

  5. High school ends, but not opportunities for these students

    K12

    DADE CITY

    David Guadarrama didn't start high school thinking about what was coming next. College definitely wasn't in the picture. "I didn't really take education seriously before," he said. "In my freshman year I was struggling to get a 3.0 (grade point average). This year, during my last semester I had a …

    Pasco High seniors in the AVID program, from left, Jessica Gamez, Eric Martinez and David Guadarrama look through a yearbook on May 19. AVID is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing students for college.
  6. Pasco County spreads path toward more walkable communities

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The land planners call it MUTRM, pronounced "mutter um." It's the bureaucratic acronym for dense housing abutting sidewalks and traffic grids leading to nearby businesses and open spaces in a neighborhood center.

  7. To aid code enforcement, county plans change to foreclosure rules

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY – It seemed like a good idea at the time: Tell everyone this home is in foreclosure and here's who to call if the house falls into disrepair.

    The Pasco County Commission is planning to change its rules regarding foreclosed properties.