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Jesse Crom orders his dog, Chris, to stand as he prepares to fit a muzzle on the service animal at Happy Tails Pet Supply Outlet.  Beth N. Gray | Special to the Times

Brooksville pet store owner knows thing or two about dogs and cats

BROOKSVILLE — The merchandise is shiny, alluring or I-never-knew-there-was-such-a-thing at Happy Tails Pet Supply Outlet. And the pleasantly shared knowledge and advice offered by owner Jason Holt are a rarity at competing big-box stores. This summer, Holt moved around the corner from his previous location into mor …


  1. Spectacular solos bring holiday cheer to Show Palace Christmas show


    The opening moments of A Show Palace Christmas Spectacular, playing through Dec. 25 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson, seem more like a Christmas cantata than Christmas spectacular.

  2. Christmas concerts, light displays and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast


    Musically inclined

    A Saint Leo Christmas: A family-friendly Christmas concert will take place at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. Admission is free, but reservations are required …

  3. Fair association's Candy Cane Acres kicks off busy holiday season in Hernando


    BROOKSVILLE — The animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a holiday staple since it debuted in 1965. And with the recent release of The Peanuts Movie, the lovable loser and his friends are more popular than ever.

    A decorative Santa sits among the holiday lights at Candy Cane Acres at the Hernando County Fairgrounds in Brooksville.
  4. One year after a cancer diagnosis, foster family is thankful for a normal Thanksgiving

    Human Interest


    Pat Hoins hasn't completely given up on his dream. "I want a beach chair," Hoins said last week. "Sit under a palm tree with a coconut drink or something." In the meantime, he's content to be cancer-free and last week was looking forward to the dream of his wife, Linda: a normal Hoins family …

    Pat and Linda Hoins, right, sit on their patio in Brooksville with two of their adopted children, Tony and Anastasia Hoins Piccirilli. In July, Pat Hoins, who has taken in more than 100 foster children, was told his cancer was remission.
  5. Infighting at Stage West leads to cancellation of January musical; revue will take its place


    SPRING HILL — From time to time over the years, discord has simmered at Stage West Community Playhouse, something not all that unusual in theater, where feelings and emotions are often close to the surface and volunteers sometimes misunderstand, or overestimate, the limits of their authority.

  6. Coastal residents urged to get behind push for return of advanced life support services

    Public Safety

    HERNANDO BEACH — On one point, there is little debate: When coastal residents call 911 for a medical emergency, they expect a quick response by trained medics.

  7. Hernando Pet of the Week for Nov. 27


    Pet of the week | Aster

    Aster is an 8-year-old Jack Russell mix and still has a lot of spring in her step. She has been spayed and microchipped and is current on all her vaccinations. Since Aster is a senior dog, her adoption fee is only $30. Inquiries about adopting Aster or other dogs and cats can …

    Humane Society of the Nature Coast