Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

Hernando County events for Jan. 10

Events

Friday

Bird walk: Hike and see wintering birds. Bring binoculars and a bird book. 10 a.m. to noon. $3 park entry per car. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Hernando County Water Awareness Series: The topic will be "Winterize Your Florida Lawn and Landscape," presented by Citrus County extension director Jan Bradshaw, who will discuss winter landscaping, what types of plants to cover, when to fertilize and whether a winter grass should be planted. Light refreshments will be served. 10 a.m. Free. Hernando County Utilities Department, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 754-4705.

Historic Inverness walking tour: Explore downtown Inverness' parks and history. Benefits exhibition programs and operations at the museum. 10:30 a.m. $5; $2 children. Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, One Courthouse Square, Inverness. (352) 344-1531. cccourthouse.org/courthouse.html.

Ivan Parker concert: To pay by credit card, call toll-free 1-800-965-9324. Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert starts at 7 p.m. $10. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 686-9114.

Syrian awareness seminar: Hosted by students at Springstead High School. Speakers will include Dr. Ghiath Mahmaljy and Dr. Imad Jandali. Refreshments provided. Donations will be collected, to go to the Syrian Sunrise Foundation. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 797-7010.

'Gypsy': Loosely based on the memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, the acclaimed musical features hits such as Small World, Everything's Coming Up Roses and Let Me Entertain You. 8 p.m. $15. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Saturday

Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic: Participants will be taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that allow a rifleman to be accurate to 500 yards, with iron sights, standard rifle and surplus ammunition. Most of the instruction is conducted on the firing range. Students learn safe gun handling, proper use of a sling and Revolutionary War history. Bring ear and eye protection, a rifle with sling and ammo, a rifle mat, snacks and drinks. Lunch will be available for sale. This is a two-day course. Men pay $50 for one day, $80 for both; for women, $20 for one day, $40 for both; for youth 17 and younger, $10 for one day, $20 for two, or one free youth per paying adult; free for military (active, reserves or retired), law enforcement with ID, disabled people, elected officials and revolutionary re-enactors in costume. The club range fee is $14 per day for all participants. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration at 8 a.m. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. (727) 452-4650. appleseedinfo.org.

Nature Coast 9.12 Groups flea market: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hardee's, 6292 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Rain date is Jan. 13. (352) 597-6756.

Wildlife Jeopardy program: Jeopardy-style format to present information about Florida species. The topic is otters. Noon. Park admission is $13; $5 for ages 6 to 12. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. (352) 628-5343.

Soup-a-thon: St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus will offer four seatings: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1:30 to 3 p.m., 3:30 to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sixty-four restaurants will provide their signature soups. Tickets are $5 per person, which includes all of the soup one can eat, one cup at a time, during the designated ticket time. No carry-outs allowed. Tickets tend to sell out quickly. No tickets will be available at the door. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9666, (352) 686-9767.

Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social: DJ Dave will entertain. Bring your own snacks, beverages and ice. No lessons provided, but instructors will be on hand to give assistance. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 397-6088.

Johnny Roberts and the Aaron O'Rourke Trio: The first half of the show will feature the Aaron O'Rourke Trio, performing a diverse repertoire of music, including classically influenced compositions, Irish fiddle and old-time classics. The second half will feature Roberts, a comedian and singer/songwriter whose "clean" comedy appeals to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; showtime at 7 p.m. $25. Hernando Performing Arts Center at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 799-5577.

'Gypsy': Loosely based on the memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, the acclaimed musical features hits such as Small World, Everything's Coming Up Roses and Let Me Entertain You. 8 p.m. $15. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Comments
Woman dies after falling ‘several decks’ from a balcony on a Carnival cruise

Woman dies after falling ‘several decks’ from a balcony on a Carnival cruise

A woman sailing on a Carnival Cruise Line ship from Jacksonville fell from her cabin’s balcony and died Friday.Doral-based Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vance Gulliksen confirmed the death Saturday, saying in a statement that the incident occurred e...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Correctio...
Updated: 26 minutes ago

Leonard Pitts Jr.: One year later.

And here we are, one year later.If you are groping for markers by which to measure how profoundly we have been changed since Inauguration Day, here’s one you might want to consider:In January of 1998, reports surfaced of a sexual affair between Presi...
Published: 01/21/18
Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Lightning said all the right things about needing to look in the mirror and do some soul-searching during its recent funk. Veterans said they had to lead the way. Coach Jon Cooper believed this eight-game trip would "show us wha...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jalen Hudson came off the bench to score 17, and Chris Chiozza, Keith Stone and Kevarrius Hayes contributed clutch baskets down the stretch as Florida rallied to upset No. 18 Kentucky 66-64 Saturday night. "We were able to win it jus...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

ST. PETERSBURG — USF had expected to have four former players in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, but QB Quinton Flowers had to miss the showcase game after learning that his grandmother had died late last week."I most definitely ...
Published: 01/20/18
Late score gives West victory over East in Shrine Game

Late score gives West victory over East in Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — With less than a week to install a playbook, offenses can have it tough in college showcase games.And for 58 minutes on Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, the teams combined for just one offensive touchdown.But...
Published: 01/20/18
Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

For years, Edward Peachey has bragged about the number of jobless people he has helped find work.As president and CEO of CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, he’s in charge of the two main government agencies that provide training to the...
Published: 01/20/18
Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

WEEKI WACHEE — The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday investigated the death of a Hillsborough County man in the Eagle’s Nest, an underwater network of caves where at least 11 others have died since 1981.Even experienced divers have lost th...
Published: 01/20/18
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18