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Pasco principal dies on his way to school in Friday morning crash


It’s more than just a job for New River Elementary plant manager Renee Hampton. She’s a constant in the lives of the students, particularly in the cafeteria during lunch. Here, she chats with Traquavis Holloway, left, and Leo Brown, both 7.MICHELE MILLER | Times

Plant manager at New River Elementary recognized for her cheerful demeanor

WESLEY CHAPEL — In discussing her job as plant manager at New River Elementary School, Renee Hampton is quick to identify her favorite fringe benefit of the position, which she has held for a decade. "Where else can I get 100 hugs a day?" she asked. Hampton receives many of these hugs in the school cafeteria, along …


  1. Brandon man critically hurt in shooting at crowded Dade City wake


    DADE CITY — A 36-year-old Brandon man was shot and critically hurt while attending a large wake in Pasco County on Friday night, Dade City police said.

  2. Pasco principal dies on his way to school in Friday morning crash

    Public Safety

    SHADY HILLS — The popular principal of Crews Lake Middle School died Friday morning in a crash on State Road 52 while heading to work.

    Adam Kennedy, 46, principal at Crews Lake Middle School, was killed in a traffic crash Friday. [Photo courtesy of Pasco County Schools]
  3. Trigaux: Millennials think they have it tough financially? Wait till they become parents

    Personal Finance

    Amid the excess of financial surveys that find they make too little, owe too much, live too long in the basements of their parents, fail to save for retirement and now seem unlikely to match their parents' living standards, millennials — folks born between 1982 and 2004 — can't seem to get a break …

  4. Get a workout and explore the scenic sides of Florida on a bike tour


    Hopping on your bike can be an invigorating way to see parts of Florida, engaging your legs while being easy on your joints. But Florida is a state with a terrible reputation for keeping cyclists safe.

    Alan Snel, guide for Escape Adventures Florida, bikes on A1A in St. Lucie County on Florida's East Coast.
  5. FHP: Tampa man dies after crossing into car's path in Zephyrhills


    A Tampa man was fatally struck by a car Wednesday night while walking into the path of a car in Zephyrhills, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  6. Babysitter arrested in death of 2-year-old boy in Zephyrhills train accident


    ZEPHYRHILLS — It's been five weeks since two adults and two young children found themselves in the path of a freight train on top of a trestle overlooking the Hillsborough River.

    A 2-year-old boy and his 26-year-old babysitter were struck by a CSX train in the Zephyrhills area near Pattie Road and Paul S. Buchman Highway on Dec. 12. The babysitter was arrested Wednesday on a charge of aggravated child neglect with great bodily harm, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. [ANASTASIA DAWSON | Times]
  7. In the face of resignation calls, San Antonio mayor vows to stay put

    Local Government

    SAN ANTONIO — The words of Winston Churchill echoed through the chambers of San Antonio City Hall on Tuesday night as several residents asked Mayor Tim Newlon to step down.

    An alcohol-related incident at Ralph's, also known as San Ann Liquors, has several city resident calling for the resignation of San Antonio Mayor Timothy Newlon. [Times files]