Monday, February 19, 2018
News Roundup

Habitat for Humanity's paint program helps groups that helps others

COUNTYWIDE

Habitat paint program is brush with kindness

Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County is offering its "Brush With Kindness" program to local nonprofit organizations. The program provides free exterior paint to groups that have identified homeowners in need of assistance. Through the program, the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill, in partnership with Preferred Property Associates Realtors Inc., will be repainting the Spring Hill Community Association's Lake House facility. Nonprofit groups interested in hosting a "Brush with Kindness" day are encouraged to call Habitat at (352) 754-1159 or stop by the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Goodwill's BookWorks needs your donations

Goodwill's BookWorks preschool literacy program kicked off this month and continues through March 14. Donations of new or like-new books for children ages 2 to 5 are needed, as well as volunteers who can read to children at Head Start centers, then present each child with a personalized book to take home. Donated books should include a note indicating they are "for BookWorks." They may be dropped off at any Goodwill-Suncoast store. The local stores is at 4750 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. For other sites, visit goodwill-suncoast.org or call toll-free 1-888-279-1988; those interested in volunteering may call either ext. 1013 or 1976.

RIDGE MANOR WEST

Library to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday

The Hernando County Public Library System will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with a birthday bash from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. The event will include games, activities and door prizes based on Dr. Seuss' books. Call (352) 754-4043.

Today's pick

'Trouble on the High Seas' mystery dinner theater: 6 p.m., Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. $15 for adults; $8 for children 11 and younger. (352) 796-4969.

Clarification

Children younger than 16 may play golf at Timber Pines with adult supervision. A column published Sunday was unclear on this point.

Comments
For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals

For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals

The White House was under siege.Domestic abuse allegations against a senior aide were ignored, pointing to a potential high-level coverup. Two Cabinet secretaries were caught chargin taxpayers for luxury travel. A Playboy centerfold alleged an extram...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Electric appeals OSHA citation for fatal Big Bend accident

Tampa Electric appeals OSHA citation for fatal Big Bend accident

TAMPA — Tampa Electric Co. is formally contesting the biting citation the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration handed down in December for a maintenance incident in June that left five workers dead.At a meeting with the Tampa Bay Tim...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 2 hours ago
Freestyle skier doesn’t even bother to try tricks in Olympic women’s halfpipe

Freestyle skier doesn’t even bother to try tricks in Olympic women’s halfpipe

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The words left Liz Swaney’s lips without an ounce of irony. No telling curl of the lips. No wink. Nothing. She meant them. All of them. "I didn’t qualify for finals so I’m really disappointed," the ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
On deck in Rays ballpark quest: Tampa Bay’s business community

On deck in Rays ballpark quest: Tampa Bay’s business community

TAMPA — Columbia Restaurant owner Richard Gonzmart says he’s ready to put his checkbook where his heart is when it comes to supporting a Tampa Bay Rays move to Ybor City.So is the investment fund for the founding family of Ashley Furniture. So, it ap...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Epilogue: Tourism community remembers Paradise founder Cedar Hames

Epilogue: Tourism community remembers Paradise founder Cedar Hames

When Cedar Hames spoke, you listened.He was a natural storyteller, always dressed sharp to match his wit and natural elegance. He grew a two-person business in St. Petersburg into a leading tourism, advertising and marketing agency over an esteemed 3...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Video: Swiss skier Fabian Bosch explains his viral escalator stunt

Video: Swiss skier Fabian Bosch explains his viral escalator stunt

Last week, a video went viral that showed Swiss freestyle skier Fabian Bosch dangling while hanging onto an escalator, arm outstretched, as a teammate rode alongside him."We had to wait until our apartment was ready, so we had to kill time, we got re...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Wardrobe issues cause Olympic stress for French skaters

Wardrobe issues cause Olympic stress for French skaters

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The first notes of Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You" had just played when Gabriella Papadakis suddenly became aware that people were about to see a whole lot more of her shape than she had planned. The French ice dancer’s glitterin...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Video: Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in brief court hearing

Video: Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in brief court hearing

PARKLAND — Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has appeared in court for a procedural hearing. Cruz said nothing at Monday’s hearing in Broward County Circuit Court, the first he attended in person and not via teleconference from jail. He ke...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Teachers say Florida shooter’s problems started in middle school, and the system tried to help him

Teachers say Florida shooter’s problems started in middle school, and the system tried to help him

PARKLAND, Fla. — The real problems started at least as early as middle school and quickly intensified. There were the vocal outbursts, disturbing drawings of stick figures with guns, constant disciplinary issues. There were threatening statements wri...
Updated: 3 hours ago