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Pasco Fire Station 30 to serve as prototype

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 - NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco Fire Rescue holds an opening ceremony for its Fire Station 30, which replaces the former home of the Magnolia Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

Dollar General to open standalone NPR store as replacement

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 -

A standalone Dollar General store will replace the location that has been a fixture in the East Richey Square shopping center, across the street.

Pasco animal shelter begins barrage of pet adoption discounts

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 -

Pasco County Animal Services officials have been planning a blitz of adoption discounts through August because the county shelter has been overflowing.

PR considers Nicks Park parking, boat launch fees

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 -

Two parks could see big changes, Port Richey City Council members discussed Tuesday night.

Sheriff posse members ride tall in saddle to PACK

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 -

How many Pasco residents would know that horses don’t care to be petted on their noses?

Gulfside hospice observes 25th anniversary

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 -

Shortly after opening its doors in July 1989, Gulfside Hospice faced a financial crisis, founder Carol Springer recalled. The staff gathered round a former dining ro...

Former CARES center director joins lawmaker’s staff

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 -

A West Pasco fixture for decades, Evie Parks has become district secretary for state Rep. Amanda Murphy, D-New Port Richey.

NPR proposes no new taxes, same tax rate for FY 2015

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 - With a $5.5 million surplus and the first increase in property values since 2008, city officials began delving into the city budget for the next fiscal year....

LED streetlights will shine down on NPR streets

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 -

Many New Port Richey leaders are spotting positive trends pointing the city to a bright future, starting with LED streetlights that maintain their brightness.

PR could dust off proposal for playground at park

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 -

City officials will try again to install a handicap-accessible playground at Waterfront Park as a signal to residents of a commitment to improve Port Richey.

Survey could guide Port Richey community leaders

Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 -

Fireworks lit up the night last night over Waterfront Park, but community leaders hope a recent survey will help shine a light on possible improvements to boost the coas...

NPR police chief vows ‘relentless’ prostitution crackdown

Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 -

Local officials took a bite out of crime a few weeks ago when city police officers assisted in a prostitution sting that resulted in 16 arrests.

Salvation Army Pasco Corps has new commander

Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 -

A new commander arrived last week to take the helm of Salvation Army Pasco Corps.

Event brought home domestic violence problem

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 -

About 100 community leaders attending the inaugural Peace Breakfast last week heard tales of domestic violence from two of its victims.

Business incubator in NPR officially open

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 - About 150 city, county and state leaders witnessed the official opening of the SMARTStart business incubator last week in downtown New Port Richey.

NPR cleanup collects seven loads of junk from residents

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 -

Residents helped fill large trash bins with seven loads during New Port Richey’s recent 2014 Neighborhood Spring Clean-Up Day.

SunWest Park boosters ask for more funding

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 -

The “I Love SunWest” logo graced T-shirts of more than a dozen supporters of the SunWest county park and beach who urged county commissioners to approv...

Sensory therapy to aid Red Apple Adult Training Center clients

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 - NEW PORT RICHEY — A large crowd last week helped dedicate a Sensory Center and other additions at the Red Apple Adult Training Center satellite facility.

West Pasco ‘Harbors’ redevelopment could start in earnest in 2015

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 -

Residents can learn more about redevelopment in the U.S. 19 corridor and coastal Pasco County during a Wednesday, July 30, presentation.

Charter school gets NPR’s permission to open

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 -

A charter school application provided an education for city officials and school leaders alike, but Learning Lodge Academy recently won permission to open a facility...

Former Blockbuster razed to make room for credit union

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 -

Ten years ago, the Blockbuster Video store at the northeast corner of State Road 54 and Rowan Road was still doing fairly brisk business.

Mariano sees SunWest Park spurring tourism boom

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 - HUDSON — Pasco Commissioner Jack Mariano is trying to rally support for some changes he wants in the plans for the county’s SunWest Park.

Pasco’s state wellness ranking falls to 43rd in state

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 - PORT RICHEY— Obesity, physical inactivity and smoking remain the top three weaknesses weighing down county’s health rankings, according to Mike Napier, administrator of the Pasco Health Department.

Nuclear cost recovery fee lives on

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 -

A monthly fee for nuclear power projects continues to appear on Duke Energy electric bills, , even though the investor-owned utility has no nuclear generating units in operatio...

Control district already battling mosquitoes

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 -

The mosquito season is starting to generate some buzz as the pests could begin to swarm many areas of Pasco in the coming weeks.

Curbs on coal power plant could spike bills, utilities say

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 -

Executives of two electric utilities serving the Suncoast say newly proposed regulations for coal-fired power plants could raise electric bills.

Salvation Army adds dog kennel at abuse shelter

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 -

A dog might be a man’s best friend, but sometimes man treats a dog as a hostage rather than a friend.

Developer offering to buy Hacienda from NPR

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 -

— A deal under which the city would sell the Hacienda to private redevelopers could be signed within a month.

Possible changes to Circle Boulevard upset residents

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 - City Council members wanted to be straight with residents last week about prospects for Circle Boulevard: No changes in the street around Orange Lake are pla...

NPR moving cautiously on long-range Sims Park plan

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 - A long-range master plan to transform Sims Park is letting City Council members pick and choose which features they might want to add over the years.

Manns assumes NPR city manager duties

Friday, Jun 6, 2014 -

— On her second day on the job, City Manager Debbie Manns got an introduction to a wide sampling of issues facing New Port Richey during the city council meeting Tuesd...

Veterans tell Bilirakis about heath care complaints

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 -

Many veterans shared their problems with getting medical care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs during a town hall Thursday staged by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilira...

NPR taps redeveloper for historic Hacienda landmark

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 - In the long annals of Hacienda hotel history, this week brought some of the best news for the historic landmark since its opening 87 years ago.

Students reach for Red Planet during Space Week

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 - TRINITY — Students at Seven Springs Middle School tried to imagine a trip to Mars during Space Week.

Pasco to send emergency texts, emails to phones

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 -

Pasco County will add a wrinkle to the emergency messages it sends to phones of residents in the event of a disaster.

Pasco emergency officials brace for 2014 hurricane season

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 -

Even before the hurricane season officially started Sunday, storms pounded central and east Pasco last week, tearing the roof off a mobile home and knocking down tre...

New Sensory Center to aid Red Apple students

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 - Even though Dave Neal has been gone for nearly four years, the Red Apple School continues following the vision of its late founder with expansion at the scho...

PR movie theater trying to avoid digital doom

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 -

At first it sounds like a plot for the latest summer, sci-fi blockbuster popcorn movie as owners of small theaters battle against extinction from the digital invaders o...

Compromises reached on two U.S. 19 medians in NPR

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 -

Compromises on U.S. 19 medians allowed local business owners and state transportation officials to meet somewhere in the middle last week.

Creative juices flow at new downtown theater

Friday, May 30, 2014 -

“It’s like coming home,” Jimmy Ferraro said about his new theater, opening June 6.

CARES Elfers Center seeks to erase $30,000 deficit

Friday, May 30, 2014 -

One year after its grand reopening, the CARES Elfers Center is in a financial bind that could lead to reduction in hours or higher fees for many programs.

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