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Suzanne Kloess, left, arriving from Manchester, N.H., hugs her niece Lori Taylor after landing at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday. Kloess left 25-degree chill in New Hampshire and was welcomed by nearly 80 degrees in Tampa. ZACK WITTMAN | Times

Hugs and holiday spirit abound at TIA arrivals gate

TAMPA The three of them sat in the cool leather chairs, just outside Gate C on the third floor of Tampa International Airport, the bustle of holiday travel swarming around them. Austin Taylor, 9, was keeping the time. His twin sister, Emma, gripped the present she bought between her fingers. Their mom, Lori, checke …


  1. 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
  2. Hernando Events for Nov. 27



    27 Today

    'Beginning Birding': Participants will learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. 8:30 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. (352) 428-2629.

    28 Saturday

  3. Hometown Hernando for Nov. 27

    Human Interest

    We want your news!

    Hometown is devoted to everyday life in our county. Contact Hometown Hernando news coordinator Jean Hamilton at: PHONE (352) 848-1438, FAX (352) 754-6133, E-MAIL

    Theater troupe welcomed as in-house company for Elks lodge: The ProComm Theatre Troupe, led by Hernando resident Martha Velez, was recently invited by Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 in Hudson to be the lodge’s in-house theater company. The troupe’s first production was American Heartbeat. The troupe performed the show Nov. 13 and 14 at the lodge. More narrative driven than most musicals, the show features 20 songs drawn from Velez’s albums, recorded with Eric Clapton, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac), Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix) and the Van Morrison Orchestra. Shown from left are Mike Tranchida, Bickley Rivera, Joy Whitaker-Orr, Scott Tilson, Stefani LaPorta, Velez, Melody Craven, Tara Andrus, Gary Depp, Josephine Spallino-Climenti, Daniel Washington and George Dwyer. James Reid and Ed Brady were the producers.
  4. Hernando Business digest for Nov. 27


    Business digest


    BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR: Two Bon Worth stores in Spring Hill, at 12987 Cortez Blvd. and at 1416 Pinehurst Drive, will participate in Home Instead Senior Care's "Be a Santa to a Senior" project, which collects gifts for local seniors who otherwise might be …

  5. 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.

    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.  
  6. Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival offers an alternative to holiday bustle

    Music & Concerts

    SPRING LAKE — The turkey and fixings will be designated to leftover status and then comes the music.

    Sarah Harris, center, and the Trinity River Band play Friday at the Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival.
  7. Personal connection is impetus for Springstead student's diabetes awareness event


    SPRING HILL — Springstead High School senior Kaylee Ritzenthaler has lived with diabetes most of her life, diagnosed at age 2. So it was natural for her to consider that when she began work on her Creativity, Action and Service project, a requirement for the school's International Baccalaureate program, last …

    Springstead High School senior Kaylee Ritzenthaler, 18, helped raise $565 at her Nov. 14 event.