Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Things to do in Hernando County

PET ADOPTION EVENT: Hernando County Animal Services is offering its Home for the Holidays adoption program through Jan. 3. All pet adoption fees have been lowered to $10.

All pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites and licensed (for Hernando County residents only). Dogs have been tested for heartworm disease and cats for feline leukemia.

Those who are unable to adopt a pet can still help by making a donation of the following supplies: bath and hand towels, dog biscuits, bleach, dog shampoo, canned cat and dog food, large balls and toys, cat carriers, cat litter, dog collars and leashes, metal food dishes and laundry soap.

The Animal Services shelter is at 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. The shelter is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, go to or call (352) 796-5062.

CELEBRATE NEW YEAR'S IN HIGH POINT: A New Year's Eve party is planned for Tuesday at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., with music provided by Two Fold from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Guests may bring their own beverages. Coffee and ice will be available, and favors will be provided.

Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door. Call Sylvia at (352) 596-6006 for reservations and tickets.

POLKA DANCE: The Frank Moravic Band will entertain with American and polka music from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

Tickets are $10 for center members and $12 for nonmembers. Food and a cash bar will be available. For information, call (989) 768-0031 or send email to [email protected]

DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations. The cost for each six-hour course is $12 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $14 for nonmembers. These classes will be offered in January:

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 6 and 8, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill (behind the hospital). Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

• Noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 7 and 9, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Ginny Holohan at (352) 684-2126 or (570) 205-1261.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 8, Brooksville Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Call Marge Lingor at (352) 596-9193.

• 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and 14, Spring Hill Regional Hospital Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Michele Haenel at (352) 666-4044.

BATTLE RE-ENACTMENT: The annual Dade's Battle Re-enactment will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 4 and 5 at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. Battle re-enactments will be at 2 p.m. each day.

The event marks the 178th anniversary of the battle, when Maj. Francis Dade and 105 men were killed, setting off the Second Seminole War. There will be period soldier, Seminole and civilian camps; a sutler trade fair; historic arts and crafts demonstrations; full-scale cannon firing, tree cutting and barricade building, as well as 19th century games and activities for children.

Admission is $5, except for children ages 5 and younger, who will be admitted free. There is a $3 parking fee per vehicle. For information, call (352) 793-4781.

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS: Nature Coast Festival Music will award two scholarships, up to $1,000 each, to promising local musicians.

To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior in Hernando, Pasco or Citrus counties, and planning to enroll in a college-level music program; they must submit an audition CD and paper application before Jan. 31.

Scholarship winners must be available to perform a classical or sacred music selection for at least one of the spring concerts of the Nature Coast Festival Singers. The recipients must either provide their own accompanist or be available to rehearse with the festival singers' accompanist prior to the concert.

Winners will be chosen and notified during the last week of February. For information or an application, send email to [email protected] or call Jeanmarie Seabaugh at (352) 556-8549.

PLANS UNDER WAY FOR GREEK FEST: Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church will present its annual Greek Festival on Feb. 7 and 8 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville.

The indoor event will include a variety of Greek foods and pastries, such as gyros, spanakopita and baklava, as well as live music and dancing.

Vendor spaces and sponsorships are available. Proceeds will benefit the church and the Brooksville Rotary Club. For information, call Emily Thomas at (352) 650-0307.

BROOKSVILLE BATTLE: The Hernando Historical Museum Association and North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club will present the 34th annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

This year's re-enactment will mark the 150th anniversary of the raid. More than 1,500 re-enactors, 28 cannons, 60 horses and more than 50 sutlers are expected to participate.

There will be food concessions, Confederate and Union camp tours, anvil shoots, artillery demonstration, a ladies tea and battle re-creations. Admission is $8, $4 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger and Scouts in uniforms. Parking is free. Chair rentals will be available.

For information, call (352) 799-0129 or visit

JUDAH BEN HUR PERFORMANCES: Judah Ben Hur, the Musical will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.

Lew Wallace's musical, based on the story of Ben Hur, is co-produced by Youth With a Mission of Tampa Bay and Live Oak Theatre.

Proceeds will be used to send the show's cast to the Philippines to help build homes and provide free Judah performances.

Tickets are $15; $5 for students 13 and younger. Tickets include coffee, tea and dessert. Visit or call the box office at (352) 593-0027.

AUTHORS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN SHOWCASE: The Hernando County Public Library System invites local authors who have published books (either in print or online) to highlight their works in a Local Authors Showcase, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

Participating authors will have an opportunity to speak about their publishing experience, read from their books and have copies for sale.

To be selected, you must be published either in print or e-book format. The deadline to register is Tuesday. Selected authors will be notified by email or phone.

Those interested in participating in the showcase, or who would like additional information, should contact Sheryl at (352) 754-4824 or visit

DEMOCRATS HONOR KENNEDY: The Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee's 2014 Campaign for Democratic Success annual dinner will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill.

The theme will be "A Tribute to JFK . . . 50 Years." There will be speakers, a buffet dinner and dancing.

Tickets are $60 each or $450 for a table of eight. For information or tickets, send email to [email protected], visit or call (352) 556-4812.

JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE: Brookridge Entertainment will present a John Denver tribute with Tom Becker at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.

Becker, a former member of the folk group the New Christy Minstrels, will perform many of Denver's hits, including Thank God I'm a Country Boy, Annie's Song and Rocky Mountain High.

Additional concerts on the 2013-14 season include:

• A night of comedy and song with comedian Karen Rontowski and vocalist Steve Fowler, Feb. 13.

• The Edward Twins, March 13.

• Robin Roth, April 10.

Tickets are $20 each. For information or to purchase tickets, call Larry or Vivian Schmitz at (352) 610-4901.

CONNECT WITH UNITED WAY'S 2-1-1: The United Way of Hernando County offers a 2-1-1 resource line where people may seek help through local organizations.

The line offers information about a variety of services, such as support for children, youth and families; medical and mental health services; disaster recovery assistance; food pantries; financial assistance; mentoring and tutoring; support for seniors and those with disabilities; free tax preparation sites; prescription assistance; and youth sports assistance.

For information, call 2-1-1 or visit online at

Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as CEO

Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as CEO

CLEARWATER — A longtime IBM executive is becoming the new leader of Tampa Bay’s largest public company. Tech Data on Thursday named Richard "Rich" Hume as its new CEO effective June 6. Hume joined Tech Data two years ago and is currently the chief op...
Updated: 5 minutes ago

Updated: 1 hour ago

Sally Bradshaw, Kathleen Shanahan column: Barbara Bush was role model who loved Florida

Barbara Pierce Bush loved Florida.With a son as governor, she was practically an honorary Floridian! No one was prouder of former Gov. Jeb Bush than his mom, and no one a more honest critic when she felt he needed some constructive feedback! But we t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Hundreds mourn Durant High athlete killed at Brandon gas station

Hundreds mourn Durant High athlete killed at Brandon gas station

PLANT CITY — Many remembered Durant High School football player Grover Wills, 18, for his talent on the field, but almost as many remembered his penchant for bursting into dance and song. After practice or on team trips, Wills would mesmerize those a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Child, 19 months, hospitalized after being found in New Port Richey pond

Child, 19 months, hospitalized after being found in New Port Richey pond

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 19-month-old child was transported to a local hospital Thursday after being found unattended in a pond, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies said they were dispatched to a pond behind a home in the 4700 block of...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Column: No-win fishery bills would undermine businesses and innovation

The federal government delivered good news for anglers this week. Under newly approved two-year pilot programs, Florida and the other Gulf Coast states will manage red snapper fishing for private anglers. This means states can test ways to improve ac...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Hernando County Commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

Hernando County Commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested midday Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on multiple prostitution charges.Nicholson was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on one count of operat...
Updated: 2 hours ago
St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg Police on Thursday closed two assisted living facilities, citing "deplorable conditions," including no running water. The facilities are run by Tampa Bay Behavioral Health, located at 3434 Second Ave. S and 3418 Second Ave. S, accordin...
Updated: 2 hours ago
FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275 in St. Petersburg

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275 in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver from Pinellas Park walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevy Camero along Interstate 275 around 11:10 a.m. when he lo...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

For the first time since its season commenced, the USF baseball team enters a weekend as the Bulls' feature sports attraction.Basketball ended last month, and spring football ended last Saturday, meaning would-be baseball fans no longer have reason t...
Updated: 2 hours ago