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Duke Energy said the last two schools in Pasco with electrical outages — Pineview Elementary and Pineview Middle in Land O’Lakes — would be ready to reopen Monday. CHERIE DIEZ | Times

Pasco: Flood advisory brings shoulder shrug on county's west side

Pasco County advised residents of three flood-prone neighborhoods in west Pasco to seek shelter elsewhere, but residents responded Friday with a shrug. On Thursday night, the county recommended that residents near Bass Lake, Lake Worrell and in Crane's Roost evacuate for higher ground because the forecast for rainf …


  1. Woman found dead after fire broke out in Hudson home


    HUDSON — An elderly Hudson woman was found dead after a fire broke out at a home Tuesday morning, Pasco County Fire Rescue officials said.

  2. Utilities face barrage of questions as power returns to Tampa Bay


    Nearly all of Tampa Bay has electricity again a week after Hurricane Irma shredded the power grid, but elected officials here say the problem is far from solved.

    Duke Energy's Scott Crellin (right) works to cut tree limbs from a power line along S Pinellas Avenue as apprentice lineman Nick Ceccarini looks on Sept. 11, the day after Hurricane Irma struck Florida. [CHRIS URSO  |   Times]
  3. Saturday festival will celebrate the sweet potato


    NEW PORT RICHEY — It's harvest time for the sweet potato.

    MICHELE MILLER |  TIMESMore than 300 pounds of sweet potatoes have been harvested from local organic gardens for the inaugural Sweet Potato Round-Up and Fall Farming Festival set for this weekend in New Port  Richey. Those who go will be able to purchase sweet potatoes and get some hints on what to grow during the hot summer months, said Sylvia Spencer, shown here, manager if the Habitat garden as well as the Grand Garden Community Plot on Grand Boulevard.
  4. Trigaux: Waiting for your next pay raise? Keep dreaming, employers hint

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    The economy's bouncing back. The stock market keeps hitting new records. And the jobless rate in Florida may soon drop below 4 percent. Surely, these are robust indicators — key signs that an annual raise is just around the corner. Right?

    Who doesn't want a pay raise? Demonstrators have rallied for years in a number of states for a $15 minimum wage. But many workers across a broad pay range are unlikely to see much if any raises this year, a new survey says. [AP Photo/Seth Wenig]
  5. How many are still without power? Depends on where you look.


    As customers wait for their power to be restored, the exact number of those left without power depends on where you're looking for information.

     A crew contracted by Duke Energy replaces a broken power pole. Neighbors watched them work, hopeful that they'd get their A/C back on. (LARA CERRI   |   Times)
  6. Remember normal? It's back, along with electricity, in some parts of Tampa Bay


    TAMPA — After their power flickered off amid Hurricane Irma's fury, Sydney and Bob Bell decided to stay at their Sunset Park house with their 15-year-old springer spaniel, Bonnie.

    Keystone Little League teams took to the fields on one day's notice Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 as the club decided to get in their first games of the season after weeks of rain capped by Hurricane Irma. "We're kind of relieved its back to the schedule," said mom Angie Doyle, whose son Jackson plays catcher.
  7. Need FEMA assistance after Irma? Here's what you need to know


    Federal Emergency Management Agency teams have arrived in the bay area to help residents register for federal assistance after Hurricane Irma. Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties have all been designated as eligible for individual assistance.