Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Enjoy lights, trees and treats at Candy Cane Acres in Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE

LIGHTS, TREES, TREATS AT CANDY CANE ACRES

The Hernando County Fair Association will host Candy Cane Acres, a Christmas event, from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30 through Dec. 29, at the Hernando County Fairgrounds on U.S. 41 on the south side of Brooksville. Candy Cane Acres has a drive-through light display. Then visitors can park and explore the grounds, which will include Mrs. Claus' kitchen, a parade of trees, a play area and children's games, Santa's workshop, a Florida-style sleigh ride and Christmas caroling. Hot chocolate, hot cider, eggnog and soda will be available, as well as cookies, fudge and cupcakes. The cost is $10 per carload, which includes 10 free tickets to be used toward food, drinks and games; additional tickets are 50 cents each. For information, call (352) 796-4552.

Sign up now for lawn card display

The annual Christmas Cards on the Lawn display will be from Dec. 4 through Jan. 6 in front of the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St. Local schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, leagues, groups and individuals are invited to participate. The annual event is provided by the Hernando County Recreation Department in cooperation with the Brooksville Kiwanis Club. Advance registration is required. Spots are assigned based on previous placement and date of receipt. For information or a registration form, call Christie Williams at (352) 540-6357 or (352) 754-4031. Visit the Facebook page (Christmas cards on the lawn).

Festival of Trees is next weekend

The eighth annual Festival of Trees will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd. The event is sponsored by the General Federation of Women's Clubs/Brooksville Woman's Club and the church. Vendors will decorate trees, which will be on display and judged. They will also sell a variety of gifts, crafts, baked goods, plants and other items. For information, call Yvonne Malone at (352) 796-6026 or (352) 848-7988, or Karen Rey Mullane at the church, (352) 796-2096.

Reception for local artists planned

The Spring Hill Art League will co-host a reception for local artists Paul Shaskan and Valdora Ward from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St. Refreshments will be served. The artists' works will remain on display through the end of December. For information, call Grace Ashcraft at (352) 556-3984.

SPRING HILL

Babysitting course teaches skills, CPR

The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer a babysitting course, sponsored by the American Heart Association, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd. The class will teach what babysitters need to know and what parents want in a safe and responsible sitter. Participants will also learn about writing resumes and interviewing for jobs. The cost is $50, which includes a book and certifications in babysitting, CPR and general first-aid basics, good for two years. Preregistration and payment is required. Call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or instructor Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664, or visit the website at cprresq.com.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

Comments
Teen, 16, walks into path of motorcycle while crossing Ulmerton Road

Teen, 16, walks into path of motorcycle while crossing Ulmerton Road

PINELLAS PARK — A 16-year-old was injured Thursday morning after being struck by a motorcycle on Ulmerton Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 6 a.m. Austin Montgomery, 23, was riding his 2011 Suzuki motorcycle ...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Here’s your first look at what will be Riverwalk Place, Tampa’s tallest tower

Here’s your first look at what will be Riverwalk Place, Tampa’s tallest tower

TAMPA — Developers on Thursday detailed plans for what they touted as the tallest building on Florida’s west coast, with condominiums priced in six and seven figures and a shimmering glass design they say would stand out in the skylines of New York, ...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Wells Fargo said to be target of $1 billion fine

Wells Fargo said to be target of $1 billion fine

Federal regulators are poised to impose a $1 billion penalty on Wells Fargo for a number of alleged misdeeds, including forcing customers to buy auto insurance policies that they didn’t need, according to people briefed on the regulatory action. The ...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Castor ends speculation: She’s running to be Tampa’s next mayor

Castor ends speculation: She’s running to be Tampa’s next mayor

TAMPA — For months, Tampa political aficionados have speculated: Will she or won’t she?Does Jane Castor, the city’s first woman police chief and presumed heavyweight mayoral candidate, really want the job? Asked and answered. Castor filed paperwork T...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Hernando County commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

Hernando County commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on multiple prostitution-related charges.Nicholson was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on one count of opera...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

LARGO — Detectives are asking the public’s help in identifying a man who broke into a home and confronted the owners with a knife.According to Largo police, the man entered about 3:40 a.m. a townhouse at 7360 Ulmerton Road holding a large black knife...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Retiring Tampa cop’s son pleads guilty to hazing in death of FSU student

Retiring Tampa cop’s son pleads guilty to hazing in death of FSU student

TAMPA — A Leon County judge sentenced the son of former Tampa Assistant Police Chief Marc Hamlin on Monday to 60 days in jail for a role in the November hazing death of a 20-year-old Florida State University student. Christopher Hamlin, 20, was one o...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 1 hour ago
Marriott Edition to bring five-star hotel ambitions to Water Street Tampa

Marriott Edition to bring five-star hotel ambitions to Water Street Tampa

TAMPA — At the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City, hotelier Ian Schrager transformed a Jazz Age building with its own rich history into a destination offering even more heady experiences — extravagant, edgy and bohemian.In Tampa, Schrager will have...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

The Bucs' 2018 schedule won't be officially released until 8 p.m. with the rest of the league, but the Times has obtained a copy of the schedule, which shows a challenging start for Tampa Bay.The Bucs open with three division champions back-to-back &...
Updated: 2 hours ago