Two die after car veers off road into canal
A 56-year-old Weeki Wachee man died Tuesday night after the vehicle he was riding in left the road and flipped into a water-filled canal, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Harlow Harless was taken to Oak Hill Hospital, where he died from his injuries. The vehicle's driver, 72-year-old Diane Harless, of Mount Pleasant, Mich., also died from her injuries Wednesday after being transported to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. A 6-year-old passenger from Weeki Wachee suffered minor injuries and was taken to Spring Hill Regional Hospital. The crash happened about 7 p.m. on Shoal Line Boulevard, north of Porpoise Street, according to an FHP crash report. Diane Harless was northbound when she drove onto the east shoulder of the road, then over-corrected. The vehicle crossed the south lane and went into a canal, where it flipped and submerged, according to the FHP.
Early Learning Coalition honor?
The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties Inc. is competing against top nonprofit organizations and companies within the Tampa Bay region in the hope of winning the "Be More Humble" award for the second time in the past three years at the WEDU "Be More" Awards. The award is driven by an online poll held in the WEDU viewing area in November and December. Winners will be announced at a Feb. 9 award luncheon at A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties oversees Florida's VPK program — voluntary prekindergarten — for local children as well as programs that provide assistance with child care costs for lower-income families.
Motorcoaches roll in, vendors needed
The Hernando County Tourism Bureau is seeking vendors for the Southeast Area Family Motorcoach Association's Rally Brooksville Bash on Feb. 4. The bash is an event created for the FMCA's annual visit to Brooksville, extending the weekly Saturday Market on Main Street (in downtown Brooksville) into the afternoon and early evening. The market will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the bash following until 7 p.m. Vendors interested can call Lisa Callea at (352) 848-0090.
Hernando County Community Alliance, 9 a.m., Hernando County Schools Facilities Department, 8016 Mobley Road, Brooksville.
Winter 2012 Senior Expo: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pasco-Hernando Community College, Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court. Toll-free 1-877-879-7422. phcc.edu/encore.
Brookridge Entertainment presents 'A Night at the 500 Club' starring Joey Arminio & the Family: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; showtime at 7 p.m., Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. $20. (352) 610-4901.
'A Streetcar Named Desire' opens at Stage West: 8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $15; $8 for students. (352) 683-5113.