Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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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