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Ryan Foust, from left, Jake Ryan Flynn and Ryan Sell meet the press with Tony winner Christian Borle, who stars as Willie Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.Courtesy of Shanna Sell

Broadway's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' includes a little local flavor

It's a magical world for Ryan Sell, who has landed his golden ticket to Broadway. After months of rehearsals in the Big Apple, the 11-year-old from New Port Richey is stepping into the spotlight with a lead role in the new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's bestselling novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For  …


  1. Port Richey Walmart now closed during overnight hours, and police chief couldn't be happier

    Public Safety

    PORT RICHEY — It is not often that the head of a police department feels the need to comment on a retailer's decision to reduce its hours of operation.

    Chief Gerard DeCanio says the high volume of calls from the store  drains police resources.
  2. Deputies arrest suspects in smash-and-grab vehicle burglaries at Pinellas, Pasco day-care centers


    Three suspects from South Florida were arrested Wednesday night after deputies say they are responsible for multiple smash-and-grab vehicle burglaries at day-care centers in Pinellas and Pasco counties.

    Reginald S. Williams, left, and Whitney D. Smith were arrested on March 30, 2017, after deputies say they were responsible for multiple smash-and-grab vehicle burglaries at day-care centers in Pinellas and Pasco counties. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

  3. Stamp of disapproval: Investigation ends suspected unlicensed engineering


    NEW PORT RICHEY — The job skills of civil engineer James Tippens had never been in question.

    David Wayne Renczkowsk faces myriad charges, including being an unlicensed engineer.
  4. Pasco sheriff: 4-year-old Zephyrhills boy injured in accidental shooting


    ZEPHYRHILLS — Deputies are investigating what it called the accidental shooting of a 4-year-old boy on Wednesday night, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

  5. Class notes



    April 3: Report cards.

    • April 28: Progress reports.

    Class notes

    • Pasco Fine Arts along with Florida Council on Arts and Culture are the hosts for 2017 Kids 'N Art Exhibition through April 14 at the center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port …

  6. Pasco events for March 31-April 6


    31 Friday

    Chasco Fiesta Golf Tournament: Foursomes tee off in this shotgun start tournament that includes green fees, cart, lunch, goodie bag, dinner and prizes. 1 p.m. $500 per team. Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 842-6055.

  7. Pasco Business Digest for March 31



    LEADERSHIP PASCO: Leadership Pasco is accepting applications for the Class of 2018, which will begin in August. Emerging and existing community leaders who live or work in Pasco County are invited to apply. The class will be chosen from a competitive pool of applicants interested in learning …