Sunday, February 25, 2018
News Roundup

Hernando County news in brief

CONCERT CANCELED: The Spring Hill Community Association has announced that the Fire and Rain Band's James Taylor tribute concert, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled. For information, call (352) 666-4746.

SNAKE FEST: The 47th annual San Antonio Rattlesnake and Music Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at San Antonio Park, 32810 Pennsylvania Ave., San Antonio.

The festival will include wildlife shows and exhibits, arts and crafts, live entertainment, a four-by-four show, gopher races, a barbecued chicken dinner, a beer garden, a petting zoo, business booths and an early morning Rattlesnake Run. No coolers allowed. Admission is free. For information, call (352) 588-4444 or visit

HIGH SCHOOL MAYHEM: Horror High IV will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The high school will be transformed into 13 different scare zones. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No masks will be allowed. Admission is $5. For information, call Tim Plumadore at the school, (352) 797-7010.

VOLUNTEER WITH CHILDREN'S LEGAL SERVICES: Children's Legal Services is looking for volunteers to help support staffers in its Hernando County office at 661 S Broad St., Brooksville.

Children's Legal Services represents the state of Florida in child welfare matters. Those interested in volunteering must complete a volunteer application, background check and fingerprinting. For information, call (352) 587-6023.

KITTENS READY FOR ADOPTION: Home at Last Pet Adoptions will host adopt-a-thons from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Saturday through the end of October in the rear of Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd., Spring Hill.

Kittens and adult cats of many breeds, ages and coloring will be available. All are spayed or neutered, have had age-appropriate vaccinations, have tested negative for feline leukemia and AIDS, have microchips and have been treated for parasites.

Fees vary and are tax deductible. All pets may be viewed online at Requests for specific pets to be brought to an adopt-a-thon can be made, and individual appointments can also be scheduled.

Call (352) 476-6832 or email [email protected]

FUNDRAISER TO HELP VFW GO SOLAR: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 will host a Red Solo Cup Party from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 at 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. The event will feature the Clemons Road Band. There will be line dancing with the Backwoods Boot Scooters, a 50/50 drawing, basket raffles and a costume contest with prizes for the best red Solo cup or solar theme costume. This is a fundraiser for the purchase and installation of solar panels for the post. Tickets are $10 and include one beer, wine or well drink. Tickets available at the canteen and at the door. Food will be available for purchase. Call (352) 796-0398.

RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF: The American Cancer Society's Brooksville Relay for Life will have a kickoff party at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St., Brooksville. There will be door prizes, food and team information. Cancer Prevention Study-3 will also be presented.

The 2014 Brooksville Relay for Life will be April 25 and 26 at Hernando High School. Teams may sign up at the party or at For information, contact Lisa at (813) 949-0291, ext. 5612, or [email protected]

FALL FEAST BENEFITS DAWN CENTER: The annual Fall Feast to benefit the Dawn Center, Hernando County's domestic violence and sexual assault shelter, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 at Horse Lake Plaza, 7635 Horse Lake Road, on the State Road 50 bypass, Brooksville. Hosted by Lizzie T's Coffee House, the outdoor family event will include arts and crafts, children's activities, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a dunk tank, live music, a DJ, hot dog eating and crazy hat contests, prize drawings and food. For details and entry forms for contests, as well as sponsor or vendor information, visit or contact Liz or Jay Tinkham at (352) 593-4184 or [email protected], or Christine Wasson at (352) 684-7191 or [email protected]

SYRIAN CULTURAL EVENT: Crescent Community Clinic will have a Syrian Cultural Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill.

The free event will include food and drinks, flu shots, free blood pressure readings and a bounce house for children.

The event is sponsored by Drs. Samir Shakfeh and Mouaffak Atfeh. For information, call Crescent Community Clinic at (352) 610-9916.

VACANCIES ON COUNTY BOARDS: The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in volunteering on the following boards. All positions will become vacant as of Dec. 31:

• Aviation Authority, one position.

• Board of Construction and Regulation, one architect/engineering position.

• Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee, two professional positions. Applicants should have expertise or education in botany, engineering with knowledge of land development or land use, archaeology, geology or hydrology, biology, realty, ecology, forestry/land management, or a related natural science.

• Arts Council, eight positions.

• Planning and Zoning Commission, two regular positions. Applicants must have computer access as some agenda packets are prepared and distributed digitally.

• Port Authority, one position.

• Tourist Development Council: one tourist enterprise representative collecting the tourist tax and one involved in tourism but not collecting the tax.

Applications are available in the county administrator's office, Hernando County Government Center, Room 263, 20 N Main St., Brooksville; online at, or by calling (352) 754-4002.

Completed applications must be submitted to the county administrator's office no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 23.

SIGN UP TO WALK FOR THE POOR: The St. Vincent De Paul Society is seeking sponsors and participants for the annual Friends of the Poor Walk, which will be Oct. 26 on the grounds of St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

This is a 5K walk where participants collect pledges. There is no cost to register; all participants receive a free T-shirt. Groups and individuals are invited.

The event will also include a silent auction, a bake sale and a corporate village for sponsors.

Proceeds will assist local families in need with rent, utilities, food, clothing and other necessities.

To learn more, contact Jim Gosnell at (352) 556-2124 or [email protected], or Woody Cornetta at (352) 596-4730 or [email protected]

FIRE AUXILIARY HARVEST DANCE: The High Point Ladies Fire Auxiliary will host a Harvest Celebration and Dance at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road.

The dinner choice is a brat or hot dog dinner plate, which includes a complimentary beer. Music will be presented by John Conroy, starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8. For reservations or tickets, call Sylvia at (352) 596-6006.

TRIBUTE TO FALLEN SOLDIERS: The Nature Coast 9.12 Groups will host the fourth annual Fallen Soldiers Tribute at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at Praise Family Worship Center, 17920 Meridian Blvd., Hudson. Refreshments will follow. For information, visit the website at

QUILT SHOW: The Hernando Quilters' Guild will host its biannual quilt show, Threads for Freedom, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville.

The show will feature a display of more than 150 quilts and a silent quilt auction. Several vendors will participate, offering quilting supplies. There will also be a boutique table with items for sale, crafted by guild members, as well as raffles to win baskets and a queen-size quilt, titled "Safe Haven." Admission is $5. For information, call Karen at (352) 556-4720 or visit

JOIN IN VETERANS PARADE: The 2013 Veterans Appreciation Parade, sponsored by the Hernando County Commission, will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 9, starting at the Brooksville City Hall parking lot, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The lineup will start at 8:30 a.m.

Those wishing to participate are asked to send email to parade organizer Anna Liisa Covell at [email protected]

HELP LOCAL SOLDIERS OVERSEAS: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Hernando County, sponsored by Mid Florida Community Services, has identified a need for and interest in providing services to the Brooksville-based Florida Army National Guard aviation unit, 1st Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment. More than 50 members of the Black Hawk helicopter unit have been deployed to Kosovo in support of peacekeeping operations.

To help the unit, RSVP is collecting items for holiday care packages to be shipped in late October. For information, or for a list of needed donations and dropoff locations, contact Abby Evert at (352) 796-8117 or [email protected]

KIDZ AND RIGZ: A Kidz and Rigz family event will from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville.

The event is sponsored by the Hernando Builders Association and Oak Hill Hospital's Pediatric Emergency Care Center. It will include big rigs, race cars, military vehicles, tractors and bulldozers, monster trucks and cars, vendors and food. There will also be a free Shriners kids ID booth.

Admission is $5; $3 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for ages 3 and younger. The maximum cost per family is $25. Proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. For information, call the HBA office at (352) 596-1114.

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

LARGO — A 60-year-old man who police said was the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on East Bay Drive from three days prior was arrested by Largo Police on Saturday, the department said.Victor Bonavita was arrested on three charges in relation...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

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Updated: 10 hours ago

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Updated: 11 hours ago

Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

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Updated: 11 hours ago

‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

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Updated: 11 hours ago
Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

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Updated: 12 hours ago

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Call her more than just a survivor

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Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

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Published: 02/24/18
Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

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