Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

Hernando briefs: Third-graders shine in FCAT reading, math


Hernando County third-graders led the Tampa Bay area in reading and math on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, according to scores released Wednesday. Some 76 percent of students passed the test in reading comprehension, 4 percentage points better than the state average and higher than their peers in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. In math, they hit the 78 percent mark, matched only by Pinellas students and 2 points above the state average. In both categories, Hernando third-graders gained 2 percentage points compared with last year's students, testing coordinator Linda Peirce said. For school and individual student scores, visit the Florida Department of Education on the Internet at

County seeks input on budget cuts

County Administrator David Hamilton will conduct a budget workshop/meeting at 2 p.m. today at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St. The meeting is part of a series of community workshops to discuss the status of the 2009 Hernando County government budget as a result of the revenue reductions. Residents are encouraged to discuss their priorities for county government services and ways expenditures might be reduced. Hamilton's final meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. For information, call Brenda Frazier at 540-6780.


Golf event to raise scholarship money

The Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council, will host its annual scholarship golf tournament June 7 at the Seven Hills Golfers Club, 10599 Fairchild Road. A shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. The cost is $45 per golfer. Proceeds will go to the Knights' annual scholarship award program for Hernando County high school students. Reservations are required by June 2. Hole sponsorships are available. Call Mike Snoha at 596-2416, Jim Santore at 666-8697, Dick Doddie at 666-8009 or the council hall at 683-1227.

Today's picks

Library to show A Beautiful Mind: 2 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Rated PG-13. Free. 540-6391.

Rudy to be shown for Teen Movie Night: 5:30 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Rated PG. Free. 540-6391.

Springstead High School Band presents "Spectrum" concert: 7:30 p.m., Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. $8 for adults, $5 for students, available at the door. 797-7010.

"Thank You Veterans Night" fundraiser dinner-dance: 5 p.m., Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. $15 each. Tickets are limited. 597-7979.

Hernando deaths

Allen, Doloris

Fynan, John Edmund

Murphy, Martin J. "Marty"

Palmer, Melbourne A.

Pickett, Elizabeth Frances

Sayko, Andrew F.

Shaffer, Constance M.

Trent, Louise

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

PHILADELPHIA — Not even a coat of Crisco on light poles across the city could keep Philadelphia Eagles fans from scaling new heights in celebrating their team’s first Super Bowl appearance in 13 years and setting up a rematch with the AFC champion N...
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Hooper: Deal with sea-level rise or prepare to be inundated

When fans again flock to Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard for the annual Gasparilla Festival on Saturday, I hope they ask a question: Will the floats need flotation devices in 2035?Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Astrid Caldas and Kate Cell, members of the Union ...
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Forecast: Warm weather remains, but cold front will bring rain to Tampa Bay

Forecast: Warm weather remains, but cold front will bring rain to Tampa Bay

A warm weekend across Tampa Bay will carry over into the start of the workweek, after some morning fog burns off and before a front results in clouds and increased rain chances later this afternoon.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa...
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The Daystarter: PolitiFact Florida analyzes prison costs; breaking down the Super Bowl matchup; free dental clinic services in high demand; Arrrrr you ready for Gasparilla?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• We’ll have a mild and sunny start to the week, with highs in the upper 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP. A weak cold front brings a chance of rain on Tuesday and slightly coo...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Police: 2 IEDs detonated at a Florida mall, no injuries

LAKE WALES — Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in central Florida on Sunday do not appear to be an act of terrorism.Lake Wales police Deputy Chief Troy Schulze tells news outlets that at 5:22 p.m., the Lake Wales Fire ...
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PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

Advocates of Florida prisoners protested outside of the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee on Tuesday, demanding answers to questions of alleged price-gouging in prisons across the state.Protesters from dozens of grass roots organizatio...
Published: 01/22/18
Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

CHICAGO — It didn’t take the sound of a door slamming in the visitor’s dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.Tampa Bay believed it had worked hard against the Wild — at least, harder than it did in Thursday’s letharg...
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nationResearchers work to avoid another 1918 super-flu The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after on...
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Hillsborough diver who died in Eagle’s Nest Cave was adventurous but experienced

Davin Brannon was a pilot, a spearfisherman, an avid cave and open-water diver and an experienced all-around adventurer, said those close to him ."I guess you could say he died doing what he loved," his cousin Pam Kirven said. "But I also know he’d n...
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‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES — The Western-inspired revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the female-focused and led Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for...
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