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Hometown Pasco for Sept. 20

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The Port Richey Citizen's Advisory Committee recently installed a mini library at the Mallett Fishing Pier. The box has a painting that depicts the stilt houses off the Port Richey coast, Johnny Cash (who was known to have loved the city and visited often), as well as dolphins playing. This is the second mini library the committee has erected, with the first installed at City Hall, next to the dog park. Pictured, from left: Blaine Lee, builder of the mini library; City Council member Jennie Sorrell (committee member), Laurie (committee member) and Jeff Simpson, Judi Cain (artist), Interim City Council member Angel Nally (committee member) and Tom Kinsella (committee member). [Claudia Smith]
Published Sep. 15
Carson Whitaker, 18, from San Antonio, advanced his Black Belt ranks recently at Spivey Karate. He passed his test for 4th Degree Black Belt in Open Style Karate, then successfully passed his exam for 5th Degree Black Belt in Open Style Weapons. Pictured, Carson Whitaker receives his 4th Degree Black Belt from Grand Master William Spivey. [Bill Spivey]
Suncoast Harmony Chorus, west central Florida chapter of Sweet Adelines, International, welcomes its new director, Cheryl Redding. Redding brings years of experience directing musical ensembles, including a cappella 4-part harmony. Pictured in back row, left to right: Ashley Young and Paula Stone. Middle row: Maria Spence, Patty Ritter, Donna Marie Freeman, Marge Stefanick, Linda Long, Janis Speck. Front row: Cindy LaPorte, Cheryl Redding and Ruth Sperling. Not pictured: Barbara Karpay, Peggy Wu, Jill Humbert, Sue Carper and Andrea Strogney. [Cindy LaPorte]
David D. Roberts has been selected for promotion to the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Roberts is serving as a section chief with the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. He has served in the military for 11 years. Roberts is the son of David and Lynn Roberts of Dade City, the husband of Star Roberts of Barksdale Air Force Base, and son-in-law of Wade and Tammy Thompson of Wesley Chapel. The airman is a 2008 graduate of Pasco High School, Dade City. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2018 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. [Joint Hometown News Service]
Airman Apprentice Destiny Gonzalez, a 2011 graduate of Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel, is serving with the U.S. Navy's Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Gonzalez is among those responsible for providing information for Naval ships, submarines, aircraft and other commands operating throughout the world. [Navy Office of Community Outreach]
Hoods for Heroes recently donated hoods to Pasco County Fire Rescue firefighters at Stations 19 and 17. The hoods are designed to reduce exposure to deadly cancer-causing chemicals that firefighters are exposed to daily. Hoods for Heroes is a national nonprofit organization with a mission of providing life-saving equipment to fire personnel. Visit for details. Pictured: The donation was presented to firefighters at Station 17 in New Port Richey. [Corey Dierdorff/Pasco County Fire Rescue]
The GFWC Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club, sponsor of the annual Lutz 4th of July Parade and Celebration, was recently awarded a grant by the Lutz Civic Association, which oversees the Guv'na charitable race. Club members recently attended the Lutz Guv'na awards ceremony and were presented with a $1,500 grant from funds raised by new Lutz Guv'na Amy Lancaster and her opponent, club member Jane Mason. Pictured, from left: Woman's Club members Barbara Booth and Madeline McCulloh, new Guv'na Pam Lancaster, club member Linda Mitchell, Guv’na candidate Jane Mason and Pastor Paul Vahue of First Baptist Church of Lutz (event emcee). [Patricia Serio]
Saint Leo University and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers commemorated Saint Leo becoming the exclusive educational partner of the Bucs at a kickoff party on Aug. 28. Team mascots Fritz, representing the Saint Leo Lions, and Captain Fear the Buccaneer, representing the NFL team, as well as cheerleaders from both organizations led the celebration on campus. Pictured: Saint Leo University cheerleaders Logan Gardner, Aja Toombs and Dana VanDeusen join mascots Captain Fear the Buccaneer and Fritz the Lion. [Renee Gerstein, Saint Leo University]

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  1. Nicole Kristine Gaskins, 45, died Monday in a single-car crash on I-275. The Wesley Chapel woman was a mother of two. Jeanne Eror
    Nicole Kristine Gaskins, 45, died Monday when her car drifted off of Interstate 275 and crashed.
  2. Jose Emilio Mas Fernandez faces charges including practicing dentistry without a license. Pasco County Sheriff's Office
    Jose Emilio Mas Fernandez faces charges including practicing dentistry without a license.
  3. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. Tampa Bay Times
    The 53-year-old Spring Hill man has not been identified. The drivers involved do not face charges.
  4. Representatives from the United School Employees of Pasco, on the left, present their latest pay request to the district's bargaining team during talks on Oct. 24, 2019. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff
    Officials from both sides say a deal could emerge as early as next week.
  5. The "#9pmroutine" is a core social media feature for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Now, the agency has a copyright on it. Facebook
    Copyrighting a key part of the agency’s social media presence isn’t meant to limit its reach, the office said, but rather to stop bad actors.
  6. Cotee River Elementary student Darrell Jones waves his American flag during the school's Veterans Day program.
    The School Board is scheduled to vote on the calendar next week.
  7. The Pasco County school district is considering an increase in substitute teacher pay to combat its low fill rate for the jobs.
    District officials say more competitive wages could help fill vacancies, which have been rising.
  8. JoAnne Glenn is cheered by her staff as deputy superintendent Ray Gadd and other district officials surprise her with the announcement that she is Pasco County's 2020 Principal of the Year. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff
    JoAnne Glenn next will be entered for the statewide honor.
  9. Port Richey City Hall [Times (2018)]
    The city will again submit a plan to the Pasco County Commission for federal funding to pay for its plan.
  10. Pasco County school superintendent Kurt Browning briefly blocked a critic from his social media accounts. He has since restored access to the person but says he would rather they have a conversation, “like two grown adults.” [Times (2016)]
    Kurt Browning restored his online nemesis as a Twitter follower and Facebook friend after staffers told him that blocking people was a no-no.