Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

Hernando County sinkhole repair company heads for receivership

BROOKSVILLE

Sinkhole repair company heads for receivership

One of the best known sinkhole repair businesses in the Tampa Bay area is headed for receivership while its owners try to settle an ongoing dispute over controlling interest. Hernando Circuit Judge Lisa Herndon on Friday granted Robert Brown's request to appoint a third-party receiver to oversee Universal Ground Services & Construction Co., which has its headquarters in Brooksville. Brown staged a hostile takeover last month, allegedly firing a dozen employees. Todd Smith claims that violated a shareholder agreement that gave him control of 51 percent of the company. Keith D. Skorewicz, an attorney for Brown, said Friday that both men agreed to the receivership. "Now the finances are going to be under control of a different party that has to report back to the court," Skorewicz said. "It's doing business in the sunshine."

SPRING HILL

Hospice offers help for vets' caregivers

HPH Hospice, in partnership with the county's veteran services office, will offer a one-hour program aimed at assisting caregivers to veterans. It will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the HPH Hospice office at 12260 Cortez Blvd. Matt Peters, veteran services manager for Hernando County, will facilitate. The program will cover service-connected disabilities, aid and attendance to veterans or their surviving spouse, and how the Veterans Administration covers hospice care. There is no cost to attend. However, seating is limited and registration is required. For information or to RSVP, call Carla Hayes at (352) 597-1882.

Cheer camp rolls out for students

The Little Eagles Cheer Camp will be offered June 8 and 9 in the gymnasium at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The camp will take place from 9 a.m. to noon for students who are completing kindergarten through second grade and from noon to 3 p.m. for students completing third through fifth grades. Participants will learn basic cheerleading skills, including motions, jumps, a cheer, a dance and simple stunts to perform for their family and friends at pickup on June 9. The cost is $35, which includes a T-shirt and pom-poms. Contact Heather Olejniczak, head coach for the Springstead Cheer and Stunt Team, at (352) 232-1169 or [email protected]

Quilt raffle helps nonprofit group

Tickets are available for a quilt raffle to benefit Lea's Prayers and Postage. The quilt, worth $800, was handcrafted at the Foothills Crafts Shop in Manchester, Tenn. The quilt, donated by Maggie Beck, has never been used and is kept in a Sterilite container. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be July 4. Contact Dee Mills at [email protected] Lea's Prayers and Postage is a nonprofit organization that provides postage for packages sent to troops overseas. Visit the website at leasprayersandpostage.com.

Today's picks

Hurricane and Safety Expo: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Free parking and admission. (352) 754-4083.

Brookridge Social Dance Group Father's Day sock hop: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. $5. (352) 597-0723.

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Hudson pedestrian killed while crossing U.S. 19

HUDSON — A Hudson man was killed Thursday night while crossing U.S. 19.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 59-year-old Gerald Berube was crossing the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 north of Stahl Drive around 6:40 p.m. when he walked into the path ...
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Forecast: Morning clouds yield to bright, warm weekend sunshine across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Morning clouds yield to bright, warm weekend sunshine across Tampa Bay

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Missing Child Alert issued for Port St. Lucie girl, 17

Missing Child Alert issued for Port St. Lucie girl, 17

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 17-year-old Port St. Lucie girl who was last seen on Thursday.Heaven Flores was last seen near the 1400 block of SW Cashmere Boulevard in Port St. Lucie, according to the Florida Department of Law E...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Bicyclist killed in Seminole Heights crash; portion of E Hillsborough Avenue closed

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Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Focus on free speech in colleges; Rays trades may still be coming; Katy Perry tonight in Tampa; remembering ‘The Fight Doctor’

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St. Petersburg’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement set to be complete in 2019

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Ybor City remembers Ferdie Pacheco, a true ‘Tampaiño’

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Updated: 9 hours ago
Howard Altman: Military-themed gifts for your holiday shopping needs

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Published: 12/15/17
Gain time: For many lifers sentenced as juveniles, it means they’ve done their time

Gain time: For many lifers sentenced as juveniles, it means they’ve done their time

When she was 15, Chantay Clark shot and killed a woman while trying to steal a car. Later, she took a man’s truck at gunpoint, forcing him to take cover inside a drain pipe.Circuit Judge Michael Andrews knew all about her.On Nov. 3, she stood shackle...
Published: 12/15/17
Clearwater down to two finalists for CRA director

Clearwater down to two finalists for CRA director

CLEARWATER — The next Community Redevelopment Agency director who will be tasked with trying to revive the long-struggling downtown has come down to two women, narrowed from a pool of 40 applicants. Emily A. Colon, 31, a Pasco County budget analyst a...
Published: 12/15/17