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School chief Kurt Browning wants to expedite the building of a new middle that would be next to Cypress Creek High, above, which is serving as both a middle and high school.Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times

Plans for new Cypress Creek Middle School placed on fast track

With approval of increased impact fees in hand, Pasco County school superintendent Kurt Browning said he plans to "fast track" construction of a new middle school serving Wesley Chapel and surrounding areas. "My hope is to get that up and open by 2019," Browning said of the school, which would rise on Old Pasco Roa …

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  1. Letters to the Editor for Aug. 25

    Letters

    Please waive senior tuition Aug. 18

  2. Pasco Briefs for Aug. 25

    Briefs

    COUNTYWIDE

    NAMI offers ongoing support groups

  3. Pasco Events for Aug. 25-31

    Events

    25 Friday

    Feeding Pasco's Elderly hosts inaugural Leadership Breakfast: The Pasco County Elderly Nutrition Division/Feeding Pasco's Elderly will host this east Pasco event to mirror the Ambassador's Breakfast fundraising event that has been held the past two years on the county's west side. County …

  4. Pasco Business Digest for Aug. 25

    Business

    Briefly

    CENTER EXPANDS PRACTICE: Gulf Coast Medical Center will open its newest medical practice at 3000 Starkey Blvd. in Trinity on Aug. 28. The practice will focus on internal medicine and women's health issues. Dr. Amy Strobbe and registered nurse practitioner Dawn Carroll will lead the team with …

    Maggard
  5. Bishop McLaughlin junior invited to elite gathering of scientific minds

    K12

    SPRING HILL — When people ask Cameron Gant, a junior at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, what he did over his summer vacation, he can tell them that he met some of the nation's greatest scientific minds.

    This summer, Cameron Gant, a Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High junior, spent time with an array of leading scientists at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Mass.
  6. Trigaux: As Florida seeks top 10 status as best business state, red flag rises on workforce

    Business

    In the eternal quest to appeal more to business than other states, Florida's managed to haul itself out of some pretty mediocre years. After scoring an impressive 8 among 50 states way back in 2007, Florida suffered horribly during and immediately after the recession. Its rank sank as low as No. 30 only four years ago, …

    Florida's trying to make strides in preparing its high school and college graduates for the rapidly changing skill sets of today's workforce. But the latest CNBC ranking of the best and worst states for business gave Florida poor marks for education, ranking No. 40 (tied with South Carolina for education) among the 50 states. Still, Florida ranked No. 12 overall in the best business states annual ranking. [Alan Berner/Seattle Times]
  7. Polk sheriff: Veterinarian who abused animals practiced in Gulfport, Port Richey

    Crime

    A veterinarian who practices part-time in Gulfport and Port Richey was arrested Tuesday along with her husband after the Polk County Sheriff's Office said it found more than 30 severely abused animals at …

    Veterinarian Gail Nichols, 66, (above) who practices in Gulfport and Port Richey, was arrested Tuesday along with her husband Paul Smith, 74, after Polk County deputies found more than 30 severely abused animals at their Lakeland home. The two are each facing several counts of felony animal cruelty, among other charges, after at least 38 horses, birds and dogs were found at 3211 West Bella Vista Street in dire states and in filthy, unlivable conditions. [Polk County Sheriff's Office]