Friday, September 21, 2018
News Roundup

Hernando Briefs for March 9

COUNTYWIDE

Award nominations are needed

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Lee Anne Shoeman Preservation Award.

The award is presented annually to a person who has contributed to the understanding of the historical significance of Hernando County, or has furthered historic education in Hernando County.

The award is named in honor of Lee Anne Shoeman, a gifted educator and historian, and serves as a beacon of hope that her work will carry on with those who love history and wish to continue the memory of the beloved historian, writer and educator. Nomination forms can be found at goo.gl/rE18pP.

Voter Outreach schedule for March

Shirley Anderson, Hernando County supervisor of elections, has announced the schedule for voter registration and outreach events during March.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 9, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 13, Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

• 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 26, Pasco-Hernando State College North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville.

For information, call (352) 754-4125 or visit hernando votes.com.

BROOKSVILLE

Coastal restoration course will be offered

The new Coastal Shoreline Restoration module will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 2-4 at the University of Florida/IFAS Hernando County Extension office, 16110 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The course focuses on living shoreline restoration and is intended to improve participants’ understanding of the science and application of living shorelines.

Graduates will be better prepared to promote and assist with restoration projects. The cost is $155 to $175. To register or view the course schedule, visit conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/CR18-02.html. For information, call Brittany Hall-Scharf, Florida sea grant agent, at (352) 754-4433.

County department is relocating

The Hernando County Purchasing and Contracts Department, formerly at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N. Main St., has relocated to the Building Department at 1653 Blaise Drive.

The office is responsible for the purchase of products and services for all departments under the board of Hernando County Commissioners, including all aspects of the purchase from receipt of the department’s requisition to issuance of a purchase order or contract. For information, call the office at (352) 754-4020.

hOMOSASSA

Swing band seeks musicians

The Citrus Community Swing Band is looking for good musicians, in particular more trumpet, saxophone and trombone players, as well as a guitar player to fill out its brass, woodwind and rhythm sections. Players must be able to read music and play well in a large ensemble. The 14-member band rehearses from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Homosassa First United Methodist Church, 8831 W. Bradshaw St. Rehearsals continue through summer months, and several engagements are planned this spring. For information, call Andrew Janicki at (352) 344-8122.

NOBLETON

Community center will host spaghetti supper

Residents of Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties are invited to the TriCounty Community Center, 28444 Forbes St., for a spaghetti supper from 3 to 5 p.m. March 17. The annual fundraiser, sponsored by the Men’s Club of the Community Center, is a donation-only event. Attendees will learn about the many activities available at the center. For information, call Dorrie Lewis at (352) 587-4014.

Crocheters and knitters wanted

The Crochet and Knitting Club is looking for new members. The club meets from 1 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday at the TriCounty Community Center, 28444 Forbes St., the site of the old firehouse. The group has a certified instructor to help those interested in learning the needle arts. For information, call Dorrie Lewis at (352) 587-4014.

SPRING HILL

ToyMakers will be the topic of AARP meeting

Hernando County West AARP Chapter 5445 will meet at noon March 14 at the Golden Corral, 5300 Commercial Way. The guest speaker will be Bill Coccia, president of the ToyMakers of New Port Richey. If ordering from the menu, please arrive at 11 a.m. To RSVP, call (727) 919-2210.

Book drive honors Dr. Seuss’ birthday

The community is asked to donate books for Goodwill’s BookWorks children’s literacy program in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. New or like-new children’s books will be accepted at the Goodwill Superstore, 4750 Commercial Way, through March 15. The BookWorks program promotes literacy by putting books into the hands of children from low-income families. Books for preschoolers are also needed for Goodwill volunteers who read to groups of children at Head Start centers and other locations. Each child will receive a personalized book to take home. To donate locally, attach a note indicating the books are "for BookWorks". To volunteer, call toll-free at (888) 279-1988 and ask for BookWorks. To make a monetary gift to purchase new books for the program, visit goodwill-suncoast.org/give-online/.

Tickets available for benefit show

The Dawn Center will present the Vagina Monologues from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 6 at the Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd. The show offers an evening of empowerment, support and awareness to lift up women. Written by Eve Ensler, the show is based on interviews of women across the world. Local performers will perform the monologues. Proceeds benefit the Dawn Center’s domestic and sexual violence programs. Doors open at 6 p.m. ,and attendees are asked to wear teal in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Light refreshments and dessert provided. Tickets are $15. For information or tickets, call (352) 684-7191.

Comments
Rays journal: Carlos Gomez says ump should’ve been ejected

Rays journal: Carlos Gomez says ump should’ve been ejected

TORONTO — After unleashing a Twitter rant criticizing umpire Andy Fletcher's work behind the plate Thursday, Rays OF Carlos Gomez doubled down on his comments, saying he was even more upset about how Fletcher treated him when questioning a thir...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
FHP: He stopped to help — then another driver killed him and stole his car

FHP: He stopped to help — then another driver killed him and stole his car

ST. PETERSBURG — An act of kindness ended tragically when the body of a missing motorist was found Friday more than 15 hours after he pulled over on the side of Interstate 275 to assist another driver.Dhimitri Andoni, 22, of Clearwater was driving no...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Fatal Friday night crash closes lanes on Ulmerton Road

Fatal Friday night crash closes lanes on Ulmerton Road

ST. PETERSBURG — A fatal traffic crash occurred at about 7:15 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and Carillon Parkway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash closed all westbound lanes of Ulmerton Road.No additional informati...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Blocked: People are building their own barriers to block Red Tide

Blocked: People are building their own barriers to block Red Tide

ST. PETERSBURG — To combat the waves of dead fish that keep washing ashore during the Red Tide bloom, some Pinellas County businesses and homeowners are borrowing a tactic from the president himself:They’re building a wall.Take the folks at Admiral F...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Rays Carlos Gomez doubles down on criticism of umpire

Rays Carlos Gomez doubles down on criticism of umpire

After unleashing a Twitter rant criticizing umpire Andy Fletcher's work behind the plate in Thursday's game, Rays OF Carlos Gomez doubled down  in his comments Friday, saying he was even more upset about how Fletcher treated him when questioning...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies seek two men wanted in sexual battery at Tampa motel

Deputies seek two men wanted in sexual battery at Tampa motel

TAMPA — Deputies are asking for the public’s help to identify two men they believe committed a sexual battery on Sept. 15 near an east Tampa hotel.The attack took place inside a vehicle at the Quality Inn & Suites at 10007 Princess Palm Ave., accordi...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Sheriff: Pinellas deputy fired for alerting inmate about cell search

Sheriff: Pinellas deputy fired for alerting inmate about cell search

A Pinellas County detention deputy was terminated on Friday for revealing confidential information about a scheduled search of jail cells for weapons and other contraband, said Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.Detention deputy Michelle Parsons, 48, adm...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Hillsborough school district releases referendum wish list

Hillsborough school district releases referendum wish list

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District on Friday released a long-awaited, school-by-school list of 1,785 projects to be funded by a proposed half-cent sales tax hike.The list, now on the district website, includes playgrounds for Anderson El...
Updated: 3 hours ago
For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, trying to bounce back

For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, trying to bounce back

UPDATE, 6:15: Cash talked about how tough Thursday's loss was, that he doubted many on the team got a good night's sleep. He said he took Kiermaier out to get Meadows an at-bat and doesn't know if Kiermaier would have caught the Kendrys Morales bloop...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Retro Fitness sets first of several area locations in Citrus Park

Retro Fitness sets first of several area locations in Citrus Park

In early fall, Retro Fitness will open a 17,000 square foot fitness facility in Citrus Park, and it plans for more Tampa Bay area locations.Founded in 2005, Retro Fitness has 153 clubs throughout the United States and is the official fitness center o...
Updated: 4 hours ago