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Family of missing Holiday girl asks for public's help

Family of missing Holiday girl asks for public's help

Holiday, FL -- The family of missing 19-year-old Kyla Porter is having a Balloon Launch and Poster Event this Saturday, Feb. 26 at 9:00 a.m. to help raise awareness for the missing girl.

The family asks that volunteers from the general public attend to help distribute posters into the surrounding communities and ask business establishments if they would please hang a poster on their store front windows.

Donuts and coffee will be provided for all volunteers. 

Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot of the Publix Super Market located on 5127 US-19 in New Port Richey.

Kyla Porter, 19, went missing on Feb. 15, 2008 from the Holiday area. The family hopes that by having more public attention that someone with information will come forward. At the time of Kyla’s disappearance she made a call to her sister stating she was on her way home. Kyla was never heard from again. It is unknown where she was at the time of the call. Her family asks the public to please help with any information possible. They are heartbroken and have been searching for Kyla continually over the years.

Father-Daughter Dance in Land O' Lakes

Father-Daughter Dance in Land O' Lakes

Land O' Lakes, FL -- Valentine's Day may be over but in Land O' Lakes, fathers will get another chance to honor the special little women in their lives with a father-daughter dance. 


Parental studies show there is a special bond between fathers and daughters. 


Dads are important role models to their little girls and can provide influential guidance in their future relationships and in their overall lives.


On Friday, Feb. 18, a Father-Daughter Dance for ages 12 and under will be held at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex at 3032 Collier Parkway from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Does your family have what it takes to win a dance-off?

Does your family have what it takes to win a dance-off?

Primrose Schools is stepping up its fight against childhood obesity with its 2nd Annual Family Dance-off, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Primrose Schools invites families across the country to submit their 30-second dance videos at FamilyDanceoff.com to compete for cash prizes and a donation to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

“Dancing is a fun, easy way for families to fight the risk of obesity, enjoy physical activity and spend quality time together,” said Dr. Mary Zurn, vice president of education for Primrose Schools. “Dance not only helps even the youngest of children stay active and fit, it is a creative form of self-expression that builds their self-confidence and promotes social, emotional and motor development.”

At Primrose Schools nationwide, children learn healthy lifestyle habits through purposeful play and physical activity. The Family Dance-off is part of Primrose’s commitment to happy hearts and healthy bodies in each of its schools and communities.

Family receives keys to new Habitat for Humanity home

Family receives keys to new Habitat for Humanity home

Dade City, FL -- Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco celebrated the construction of its 86th home at a dedication ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 12 in Dade City, FL.

The invocation was offered by Robert "Bob" Gant, pastor of Masaryktown First Baptist Church.

Jennifer Barton, a 2010 Habitat Homeowner, tearfully introduced the new homeowners, Anna Carrillo and her 10-year-old son Trinity. Anna Carrillo thanked all those who worked so hard to help them reach this goal. "I am not only getting a new home, but a whole new family with Habitat staff, other habitat homeowners, and volunteers," Anna said.

Jeanie Germain, Habitat board chair, welcomed guests and presented Anna and Trinity will several symbolic gifts and a family Bible. Jeanie also led the crowd of about 75 people in singing Happy Birthday to Trinity Carrillo who will be 11 years old on Valentine's Day.

Sheriff's deputies to distribute food baskets throughout Pasco

Sheriff's deputies to distribute food baskets throughout Pasco

Pasco county, FL - The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has been collecting food donations and accepting applications for family recipients of their Holiday Food Basket drive for over a month. Now, the Sheriff's deputies and volunteers will be distributing holiday food baskets to families today and tomorrow.

Participants have been pre-selected for the food boxes, which can each feed up to 8 people. The recipients will drive up, collect their food, and then take it home.

Family loses toddler's birthday, Christmas gifts in fire

Family loses toddler's birthday, Christmas gifts in fire

Holiday, Florida -- On Friday morning, Amanda Short and her fiance T.J. Cater dug through the damage, searching for anything that may have survived a fire to their home off Kepner Drive.

The home they worked several years to build, only took seconds to burn down the day before.

Photo Gallery: Holiday family's house destroyed in fire

"All of our clothes, our dog, we have nothing," Short, 24, said of what's left.

Cater says he was cooking on the stove, when he turned his back for a minute, and the grease caught fire. No one was hurt, but their 6-year-old dog, Rascal didn't make it out.

"The fire just spread so fast.  Without a fire extinguisher real close, there's no way to stop a fire like this," Cater, 28, explained.