Free fresh food available for needy families
The annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, providing fresh food to local families in need. The giveaway, which includes produce donated by Florida's farmers, will be at Generations Christian Church at 1540 Little Road. All families are welcome. The event was announced by state Sen. Mike Fasano and state Reps. John Legg and Richard Corcoran. Each year, the event provides about 500 families with food for a complete holiday dinner. For information, contact Fasano's office at (727) 848-5885.
Schools on alert for power outage
Pasco County schools conducted business as usual Tuesday morning without losing power — but students should dress warmly again today, officials said. The school district has an interruptible power agreement with Progress Energy, in which it agrees to have its energy supply dropped first during peak usage times in order to prevent rolling brownouts. The district saves about $365,000 a year on its utility bill as part of the deal. A Progress Energy spokeswoman said the likelihood was low that the company would have to interrupt power at 13 Pasco schools as temperatures dropped. But superintendent Heather Fiorentino told principals to take precautions during this week's cold snap, just in case the electricity went out.
Skull belonged to American Indian
A human skull unearthed last week at Pasco-Hernando Community College's newest campus belonged to an American Indian, archeologists announced Tuesday. A construction worker discovered the skull when he noticed the round, white object in the mouth of the bulldozer he was operating, PHCC spokeswoman Lucy Miller said. Experts have not yet determined the skull's age. Miller said American Indian artifacts are relatively common in the state-designated site of historical significance near PHCC's Spring Hill campus, which sits off U.S. 19 about a mile north of the Pasco-Hernando county line. Construction crews found the skull while building a parking lot.
Candace L. Aster, a caregiver accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a patient, does not hold a nursing license in Florida. An article Saturday, based on information from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, misstated her occupation.