Saturday, February 17, 2018
News Roundup

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COUNTYWIDE

Appraiser's offices to close during morning

The Hernando County property appraiser's offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon today for training purposes. Offices are at the Hernando County Government Center, Room 463, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, and at the Westside Government Center, 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 754-4190.

Backyard chicken permits available

The county has permit applications available for anyone interested in keeping as many as four backyard chickens — hens only — in areas zoned for single-family residential use. The applications are available on the county website: hernandocounty.us/bldg/applications.htm. Residents can also pick up application packets at the Hernando County Development Department at 789 Providence Blvd., Brooksville, or by calling (352) 754-4050.

SPRING HILL

St. Joseph's Day Feast is Saturday

Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502 will host the annual St. Joseph's Day Feast Celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way. The event kicks off with a Mass, followed by the feast in the hall, where a complimentary pasta Milanese dinner will be served. Flowers, St. Joseph bread and pastries will be available for purchase. Donations will be accepted, which will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For information, call Carmela at (352) 688-9234 or Julia at (352) 686-3865.

Learn about food, health assistance

Healthy Families/Healthy Communities Night will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd. The event will showcase more than 30 agencies and organizations that offer assistance in areas such as mental health, medical care and food assistance. Participating agencies will have booths to provide information and answer questions. For information, contact Sarah Reyes at [email protected] or call (352) 797-7010, ext. 217.

BROOKSVILLE

Education forum to give parents tips

The Black Educators Caucus will host an education forum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the South Brooksville Community Center, 601 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd. There will be door prizes and lunch will be served. Parents can learn how to help their children succeed in school and on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and about free tutoring. Information will be available for high school seniors about colleges and trade schools, scholarships, the GED, and essay and resume writing. For information, call (352) 442-8100.

Today's picks

Kiwanis pancake fundraiser: 6-9 a.m., Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Dine in or take out. $5. (352) 799-5456.

'It's Jazz' program: 3 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043.

'A Little Night Music': 8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $15. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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Police find dead man in Tampa apartment

TAMPA — Police found a dead man inside an apartment in the 5200 block of Sonora Court Friday after 3 p.m.Who the man is or how long he’s been dead is not yet clear, police said. The victim appears to have been killed in some sort of "homicidal violen...
Updated: 5 minutes ago

Police up patrols at two Pinellas Park schools after Snapchat threat

PINELLAS PARK — Police said they will have a heightened presence at two Pinellas Park schools after a school shooting threat was shared on social media.A post Friday on social media app Snapchat threatened a possible school shooting Tuesday, accordin...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

Warning: This story quotes graphic material.Before he killed 17 people at a South Florida high school, Nikolas Cruz repeatedly threatened an ex-classmate who had started dating his former girlfriend, according to a report in Buzzfeed News."I’m going ...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Prosecutor: Death penalty was ‘designed’ for cases like Florida school shooting

Prosecutor: Death penalty was ‘designed’ for cases like Florida school shooting

The 17 counts of premeditated murder against Nikolas Cruz are the type of case "the death penalty was designed for," according to the Florida prosecutor in charge of trying the confessed school shooter.But Michael Satz, the longtime Broward state att...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

PARKLAND, Fla. — Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school. The rally, held in downt...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Parkland vigil and rally scheduled for Saturday night in downtown St. Pete

Parkland vigil and rally scheduled for Saturday night in downtown St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — A group of activists were scheduled to host a rally in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday night, demanding lawmakers pass gun control legislation.Organizers said the rally, scheduled for 5 p.m. at Williams Park, was planned in respo...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Divided Congress unable to act on guns, immigration despite public pressure

Divided Congress unable to act on guns, immigration despite public pressure

It’s been five years since the guns and immigration debate collided at the same time on Capitol Hill. This time, the results were even more unproductive.In early 2013, weeks after a gunman killed 20 students and six educators at an elementary school ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

TAMPA — Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year. The Florida Orchestra performed two of his works Friday, the second of which paired the dances from West Side Story with the overture to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.The orche...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Woman hit, killed Friday along Memorial Highway

TOWN ’N COUNTRY — A woman died after she was hit by a minivan along Memorial Highway on Friday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The 53-year-old woman, whose identity was not released, was trying to cross Memorial Highway f...
Updated: 3 hours ago
White nationalist appears to disavow connection with shooter

White nationalist appears to disavow connection with shooter

PARKLAND, Fla. — A white nationalist appears to have lied to The Associated Press and other news organizations when he claimed that Florida school-shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his obscure group.Law enforcement officials have said the...
Updated: 3 hours ago