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Hernando Briefs for March 16


Yard sale will benefit veterans

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 will have a yard sale beginning at 9 a.m. March 22 and 23 at a private residence at 2462 Sunset Vista Drive. Proceeds will benefit the unitís programs to help veterans and the community. For information, call Fran at (352) 686-1820.


Habitat seeks bakers, sponsors for event

Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County will present its fourth annual Raise the Roof Men Bake from 6 to 10 p.m. April 20 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, south of Brooksville. Watch the "celebrity" bakers exhibit their cakes as they strut on the catwalk. The cakes will then be sold to the highest bidders. The event also includes a silent auction. Sponsorships are available. Advance tickets are $60 and include dinner. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information, visit

Crop tour offered at material center

Farmers, ranchers and researchers are invited to attend a free cover crop tour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 at the National Resources Conservation Serviceís Brooksville Plant Material Center, 14119 Broad St. The tour will showcase cover crop species in west central Florida to improve soil health. Participants will learn about evaluation results for different cover crop seed sources and planting recommendations. For information or to RSVP, call Janet Grabowski at (352) 796-9600 ext. 3831.

Music festival to feature 20+ bands

The 14th annual Stringbreak Music Festival will be April 5 to 8 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road. The event will feature more than 20 national touring bands on multiple stages, including Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Grand Slambovians, Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers, Randy McAllistar and many more. Music starts at 6 p.m. April 5 and continues daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. The four-day event includes workshops and activities for the kids, including hayrides, face painting and parades. Family camping available. Bring a lawn chair. Gate tickets are $20 for April 5; $45, April 6 and 7, and $40 for April 8. Children ages 13-18, $10 daily, and ages 12 and younger are free. A percentage of the income benefits improvements and maintenance of the ranch. For information, call (863) 984-8445.

March is Bike Month

March is Bike Month in Florida, and March 23 is Bike-to-Work Day in Brooksville. The community is invited to join Brooksville Mayor Betty Erhard as she loops around the Good Neighbor Trail starting at the Russell Street Trailhead at Main and Russell streets at 7:30 a.m. March 23. The ride ends at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., where refreshments will be served. For information, call Mike Walker at (352) 540-3830 or Steve Diez at (352) 754-4057.


Bridge club to host sectional tournament

Nature Coast Bridge Club will sponsor a fun, friendly and educational Sectional Tournament from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 19-21 at the clubís home, 3021 Commercial Way. Single sessions will be held April 19 and 20, including 0-300, stratifications and open pairs, with free mini-lessons between sessions. Cost is $11 per session. Play on April 21 includes 0-300 and Open Swiss, with buffet lunch included. Cost is $26 per person or $100 per foursome. All stratification based on average partnership mater points. A complimentary light breakfast will be offered each day at 8:30 a.m. For information or to RSVP, call Gary Emke, tournament chairman, at (727) 215-7651 or Walter Vasil, partnership chairman, at (218) 260-9848.

Hearing will be topic of AARP meeting

Hernando County West AARP Chapter 5445 will meet at noon March 29 at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way. The speaker will be Joanie Davis, who will discuss the latest in hearing services. If ordering from the menu, please arrive at 11 a.m. To RSVP, call (727) 919-2210.

Modelers welcome at show

Bring your ship, airplane, car, truck and military models ó plastic, wood or metal ó to the Nature Coast Model Show from 9 a.m. to noon March 24 at Danaís Railroad Supply, 4042 Deltona Blvd. Meet other modelers and learn new techniques. Bring your own chair. Admission, parking and coffee is free. For information, call (352) 684-2484.

Coin, currency and stamp show, March 24

The West Hernando Coin Club will host a coin, currency and stamp show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church hall, 13485 Spring Hill Drive. Admission and parking is free, hourly door prizes awarded. Dealers will sell, buy and appraise coins, stamps and collectibles. The event includes a free youth treasure hunt with prizes. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For information, call (352) 587-3344.

Hop on over for outdoor Easter event

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and its foundation, Chamber Education Training Association, will host the fifth-annual Hop Ďn Glow Easter egg hunt from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 31 at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road. The family-friendly event includes age-defined egg hunts with more than 2,000 eggs, black-light dance parities and face painting, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, games and more kid-friendly activities, plus food trucks and vendors. Tickets are $5 per person. Those who pre-register online by March 29 receive early admission. Proceeds benefit CETAís education and training programs. For tickets, visit For information, call (352) 796-0697.

Have breakfast with the Bunny

Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., will host its Breakfast with the Bunny family-friendly event from 9 to 11 a.m. March 24. The event includes breakfast, an egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, arts and crafts, games, face painting and other activities for the entire family. Tickets are $3 per person and are available in advance or at the door. For information, call (352) 688-9622.


Football: Calvary Christian 48, Carrollwood Day 14

TAMPA ó Have firepower, will score.That was Calvary Christianís calling card Friday night as it piled up 41 first-half points in a 48-14 victory against Carrollwood Day in a Class 2A game.The Warriors (4-4) benefited from the return of several player...
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Football: Zephyrhills Christian 26, Fort Meade 14

ZEPHYRHILLS ó Even with four starters out with injuries and freshman Caleb Gaskin making his first career start, Zephyrhills Christian kept rolling. Javion Hanner scored on touchdown runs of 84 and 39 yards as ZCA defeated Fort Meade 26-14 at Paul L....
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Football: Tampa Catholic 15, Bishop Verot 3

TAMPA ó The game plan for Tampa Catholic was clear: Stop Bishop Verot running back Joslyn Mira, make the Vikings throw, and good things would happen.And for the Crusaders defense, did they ever.Bishop Verot finished with minus-2 yards rushing on 23 t...
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Football: Mitchell 35, Sunlake 0

LAND OíLAKES ó Needing just two more victories to lock up the Class 6A, District 6 championship, Mitchell knew it had to bring its best effort against Sunlake. After Fridayís 35-0 win, the Mustangs are closer to the programís fourth consecutive distr...
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Woman, 25, faces murder charge in Tampa shooting, stabbing death

Woman, 25, faces murder charge in Tampa shooting, stabbing death

TAMPA ó A 25-year-old Brandon woman was arrested on Thursday in connection with the Sept. 30 murder of Justin Heilig in Hyde Park, according to Tampa police.Melissa McNutt faces charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery, police said.Heilig, 34...
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Lakeland commissioner charged with murder in shooting of suspected shoplifter

Lakeland commissioner charged with murder in shooting of suspected shoplifter

LAKELAND ó A Lakeland city commissioner surrendered Friday to face a second-degree murder charge in the Oct. 3 fatal shooting of a suspected shoplifter at a military surplus store.Michael Dunn, who has served on the City Commission since January, arr...
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Hillsborough deputies seek white SUV in homicide investigation

Hillsborough deputies seek white SUV in homicide investigation

TAMPA ó Detectives are looking for a white 4-door Dodge Journey SUV that they believe is connected to the homicide investigation of a 24-year-old man found dead Friday.Witnesses said they saw the vehicle driving away from the apartment complex at 850...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Social Security offers website in Spanish

Social Security touches the lives of every American, providing retirement, disability, and other benefits to over 63 million American workers and their family members. Hispanics make up our nationís largest ethnic minority group with a population of ...
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Scenes from Andrew Gillumís campaign visit to Tampa Bay

Scenes from Andrew Gillumís campaign visit to Tampa Bay

Andrew Gillum sure looked happy to be back on the trail.After spending 11 days away from the campaign to help his city through Hurricane Michael, Gillum returned to the stump Friday, delivering a fiery town hall-slash-rally at St. Petersburg College....
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Northside Christianís postseason football ban reduced to one season

Northside Christianís postseason football ban reduced to one season

The Florida High School Athletic Association has reduced Northside Christian's postseason football ban to one year, according to NCS athletic director Raul Hernandez.The FHSAA made the decision after a Friday morning hearing in Gainesville with Herna...
Updated: 5 hours ago