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Hernando County news briefs for Aug. 16

Published Aug. 8


Sheriff to offer 'Safe Surrender' on Sept. 7

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office will offer "Operation Safe Surrender" from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at the Hernando County Courthouse, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, in Courtroom D.

The program allows individuals with non-violent misdemeanor warrants a chance to have their warrants reviewed and potentially resolved, instead of being arrested. While Operation Safe Surrender is not an amnesty program, it will offer favorable consideration from the court.

There are more than 650 misdemeanor warrants on file at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. Individuals with warrants for non-violent offenses (retail theft, unlicensed animal, trespassing, etc.) are encouraged to contact the Warrants Division at (352) 797-3654 to determine if they qualify for the Hernando County Operation Safe Surrender.

Those who attend the event on Sept. 7 are reminded that no weapons or children are allowed, and a valid photo ID is required. Fines and/or fees may be reduced and collected at the event.

Representatives from a number of agencies are working together to coordinate this event, including the Sheriff's Office, Hernando County Courts, Hernando County State Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office and Hernando County Clerk of Circuit Court. For further information, call the Warrants Division at the number listed above.

PHSC Foundation receives $40,000 grant

The Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation recently received a $40,000 grant from the Edward K. Roberts Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

The contribution will provide scholarships to part-time Pasco-Hernando State College students this fall semester who may not qualify for other financial aid.

Roberts was a lifelong donor to PHSC. He had relocated to Sarasota and, upon his death in 2009, established the fund. Since 2011, the fund has donated $380,000, providing scholarships to more than 600 PHSC students.

For information about the PHSC Foundation, call (727) 816-3410 or visit

Upcoming events need vendors, crafters

• Fall Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21, at the North Tower lobby at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Outside vendors and crafters are welcome. The cost is $15 for a 5-foot table, $20 for a 6-foot table. Hosted by the hospital's Nursing Care Practice Council, with proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The deadline is Sept. 1. Contact Janine Conti at (352) 597-6397 or

• Feast of Mother Cabrini, Nov. 7-10, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Seeking artists, crafters, merchandise and food vendors. For details, call (352) 683-9666 or email to

AARP offers driver safety class to seniors

The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered at several locations in Hernando County in September. The course is open to drivers 50 and older who, upon completion, may receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. The certificate is valid for three years. The cost is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited; preregistration is required.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 4, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call Marge, (352) 678-1533.

• 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. Call Bill, (352) 556-3050.

• Noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 and 12, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Wayne, (352) 597-9590.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. Call Bill, (352) 556-3050.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 105, Spring Hill. Call Marge, (352) 678-1533.

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Academa Hernando to start its fall series

Academia Hernando has announced its Fall 2019 Lecture Series:

• Sept. 20, The Rise of the Ottoman Empire, Part 1, presented by Joe Menasce.

• Sept. 27, The Rise of the Ottoman Empire, Part 1, presented by Joe Menasce.

• Oct. 4, "The Big Easy"— The Colorful History of New Orleans, by Rick Kistner

• Oct. 11, Vietnam — 50th Anniversary, by Fred Tomasello

• Oct. 18, A New Year, A New Decade, A New Song, by Joy Katzen-Guthrie

• Oct. 25, Archeology — Just Diggin' in the Dirt?, by Jack Herman

• Nov. 1, Ernest Hemingway — Innovative Author, Daring Adventurer, by Deedee Aleccia

• Nov. 8, History of Tarpon Springs, by Tina Bucuvalas (docent from Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art)

• Nov. 15, bus excursion to Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College; this trip is for series subscribers only.

All lectures will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd. The series is sponsored by the Residence of Timber Pines and the Tampa Bay Times. The cost for the series is $65 and includes the bus excursion. Walk-ins pay $9 for individual lectures. Call (352) 686-4035 or visit

Ethnic fest offering banner sponsorships

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church has banner sponsorships available for the 28th annual Ethnic Festival, which will be Oct. 17-20 at the church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive. The vinyl banners are two feet by three feet, which will be hung at the big tent during the festival. The cost is $100.

The annual event attracts more than 30,000 visitors and features carnival rides, a boardwalk, live entertainment and a variety of ethnic foods. To learn more, call (352) 688-0663.

Contact Phyllis Day at or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.


  1. Glenn Woods, 62, shapes a decorative bottle made with a blend of porcelain clays at Pottery Boys Clay Studios on Nov. 18  in Palm Harbor. Woods and his partner, Keith Herbrand, 56, have created dozens of pieces, including holiday decorations, vases, coffee cups, bowls and platters for the Tour de Clay, a progressive tour of five pottery studios in the Tampa Bay area featuring the work of 33 artists from near and far. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes
    The annual effort supports working artists and benefits charity.
  2. Earlier today• Hillsborough
    Lynn Cristina is a Wesley Chapel momma with two girls and works full time as a marketing manager. Courtesy of Lynn Cristina
    After getting totally sucked into the commercialization of Santa and his Elves, I did something about it.
  3. One way to research options is through Medicare's online Plan Finder, available at THOMAS TOBIN  |  Tampa Bay Times
    For those who haven’t reviewed coverage for 2020, there is still time.
  4. Hernando County Government Center    Times (2018)
    The Hernando County Commission will have final say. Neighbors say they don’t want the traffic and interruption in their community.
  5. Hernando County community news Tara McCarty
  6. CAPTION: (09/14/2006, Largo, FL) Photo #3.
Students participating in the Plein Air Painting class at Heritage Village in Largo were asked to bring their own supplies including paint brushes.

(Times Photo by Thomas Whisenand)

A Plein Air painting class conducted by local painter Robin Popp at Heritage Village in Largo. Times (2006)
  7. The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for For Each 1 Reach 1. Cutting the ribbon is Lynette Mackey. This was taken in 2013 at her original location. SUBMITTED PHOTO  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Lynette Mackey says her students need her program and the faith she has in them.
  8. The intersection at Seminole Boulevard and East and West Bay Drive forbids drivers from turning right, even on a green light. FDOT
    The intersection at Seminole Boulevard and the East/West Bay Drive is the only one in the district where drivers are restricted on green-light turns.
  9. Trixie, Abby, Greta and Butterbeans are available for adoption at Tampa Bay area shelters. Times
    Tampa Bay area shelter pets are looking for permanent homes.
  10. Hernando County Government Center    Times (2018)
    Two months into the fiscal year — with the fruits of a 14 percent tax rate hike —Hernando County is making financial progress.