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Early morning threatening tweets land Moon Lake man in jail


Newspapers and mixed papers float to the ground to be bailed for recycling at Progressive Waste Solutions, St. Petersburg, where Pasco County sends its materials for recycling. [Times files, 2014]

Pasco to test weekly curbside recycling

DADE CITY — An overwhelming number of Pasco residents want weekly curbside recycling, according to a county survey, but nearly half don't want to give up their twice-a-week trash pickups as a trade-off. The recycling numbers, previewed for county commissioners Monday, just 48 hours after Earth Day, led the board to …


  1. Pasco's Business Digest for April 28



    BANK BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW BRANCH: First National Bank of Pasco broke ground on its fourth location, at 23613 State Road 54 in Lutz, on April 20. The new branch represents a new direction for the 30-year-old banking institution. The 3,000-square-foot facility, slated for grand opening on Oct. …

  2. Faith inspires New Port Richey couple to turn fine art into a business


    Alone in a New Port Richey studio space, glassmaker Michael Hirsch lights the night, turning flame into custom religious keepsakes.

    Julianna and Michael Hirsch work at their home studio. The couple own Paradigm Shift Glass in New Port Richey.
  3. New Port Richey discusses possibilities for medical marijuana dispensaries

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The city has embarked on a three-month planning process to put out the welcome mat for medical marijuana dispensaries, and during that time may also tackle the idea of decriminalizing small amounts of pot.

    Deputy Mayor Jeff Starkey says medical marijuana dispensaries, which he prefers to call "wellness centers," will be professional medical facilities.
  4. Bloomin' Brands delivers mixed quarterly performance as diners shy away from casual chains


    TAMPA — The Tampa-based parent company of four major restaurant chains — Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill and Fleming's — reported a mixed performance in its first quarter on Wednesday morning, recording a profit of $43.9 million, up from $34.5 million a year earlier. But Bloomin' also …

    Liz Smith, CEO of Bloomin' Brands
[Handout photo]
  5. Pasco golf course battle heads to next round


    NEW PORT RICHEY — The court battle over the former Gulf Harbors golf course is heading to its second round.

  6. Pasco utility rates to dip temporarily as commission plans for future

    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Typical Pasco County water customers will get a break on their bills in the coming year, but the financial reprieve could be short-lived.

    Pasco County is considering new water and sewer rates that would reduce the bills for 64 percent of its residential customers in the coming year. [TIMES 2007]
  7. Firefighters have contained 'suspicious' fires in Pasco County; State Road 54 reopened


    TRINITY — Both directions of State Road 54 were re-opened Tuesday night after firefighters contained "suspicious" fires that burn 32 acres, according to Pasco County officials.