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Hometown Pasco for Oct. 13

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Hometown Pasco is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion, recreational sporting event, news from your last club meeting or just a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. You can contact Hometown Pasco news coordinator Jean Hamilton at: PHONE (352) 848-1438, FAX (352) 754-6133, E-MAIL jhamilton@tampabay.com.

MIlitary news

Basic training graduate: Air Force Airman Kyle M. Smith recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate's degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Smith, a 2017 graduate of Lookeba-Sickles High School in Oklahoma, is the son of Shannon Jennings of New Port Richey and Petra Vega of Lookeba, Okla.

Hometown Pasco for Oct. 13 10/12/17 [Last modified: Friday, October 13, 2017 8:11am]
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