Community

Bodyslams for Charity

(L-R) Kimberly, Dawn, Diana, Emmalee, and Tina running the donation tent.

Sunday, Feb. 25 saw Brawl USA team up with Ability Tree Florida to bring the Golden Ticket Rumble to Spring Hill.

This was the rescheduled event that was originally anticipated to take place on Jan. 28, but was cancelled due to inclement weather. This time, the weather held and the fans and performers were treated to clear skies and warm temperatures. It could not have been nicer weather.

City PD Workshop 2/26/18

Another full chamber of concerned citizens and Brooksville Police Officers convened at the Brooksville City Council’s workshop meeting on Feb. 26, 2018.

At the beginning of the meeting Council Member Natalie Kahler objected to the presentation on the agenda to be given by Duane Chichester, on the basis that Chichester is not a city resident, and not an expert in law enforcement or finance. After some discussion, the majority of council members agreed to allow the presentation.

County and School District approve funding for additional SROs

Sheriff Al Nienhuis, School Board Chairman Mark Johnson, Dr. Lori Romano School District Superintendent and Capt. Harold Hutchinson Jr. who oversees the SRO Unit in attendance at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Feb. 26, 2018 to finalize additional SRO funding.

On Feb. 27, the BOCC approved funding for the immediate addition of 10 School Resource Officers, a SRO Sergeant, a floating SRO and a SRO Training Officer through September 30, 2018 (Remaining amount of the County's Fiscal Year). They gave approval contingent on the school district funding 50% of the $887,107 expense, which was approved unanimously by the School Board during a packed regular meeting later that day.

Prom dreams can come true

Over 1,300 prom gowns, along with accessories and a spa experience on the day of your prom to be offered free by Citrus Cinderellas.    Photos COURTESY OF CITRUS CINDERELLAS

With the rustle of taffeta and tulle, the lustre of silk and charmeuse, glittering sequins and jewels and rack upon rack of beautiful gowns, Cinderella’s Closet is taking the stress out of prom dress shopping by removing the cost.

Cinderella’s Closet, an outreach ministry of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness, Citrus County, aims to provide prom dresses, accessories and spa services to graduating high school teens — not only in Citrus County but Pasco and Hernando counties too.

Nonprofit geared up to benefit animal causes

The Thrifty Dog, in a large warehouse on the west side of US 19, a couple of miles north of Cortez Boulevard, offers appliances, furniture, kitchenware, clothes, ceramics, books, toys and more. The Thrifty Dog is a non-profit organized to benefit animal treatment.

Thrifty Dog owner Anthony Loffler was a student at USF St. Pete when he became interested in animal causes. To get involved, he joined and helped organize the Puppy Love Club at USFSP. The Puppy Love Club has volunteers to raise puppies, helpers and members.

Filling up the mason jars

(L-R): Elijah Torres, Stephania Torres, Jane Russell Geddings (Miss Jane) holding “Mudpie” - the piggy bank, Samantha Sanborn, Aaron Trombley.

Live theater is alive and well in Hernando County. This is evidenced by the fact that Live Oak Theatre is celebrating its eighth year entertaining local audiences and has ambitious plans to expand.

With more than 150 people in its company, most of them young people ages seven to twenty-two, the troupe performs three shows a year. Its last show Annie was such a hit that they held eight performances. This was both a blessing and a challenge.

Spring Is Here- Along With The Jadera Bugs

by Dr. William Lester, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County

A group of Jadera bug nymphs and an adult on a palm tree trunk in Spring Hill. Photo by William Lester

Every spring our office is deluged with phone calls and visits about hordes of small insects that cover exterior walls of homes, devour every plant in the landscape and destroy homes. Many times we can identify them without actually seeing a sample, just from their description. These small black and red insects turn out to be the Jadera bug, also known as the goldenrain tree bug or red shouldered bug. Here in Central Florida, they emerge in great numbers for a few weeks to a month every spring.

Dispose of tires for free at Tire Amnesty Day

(Brooksville, FL) The Hernando County Mosquito Control Department (MCD), in conjunction with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will be hosting a Tire Amnesty Day on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hernando County Fairgrounds located at 6436 Broad Street in Brooksville. During this event, Hernando County residents will have the opportunity to dispose of an unlimited number of tires, free of charge, to reduce container breeding mosquitoes and discourage illegal dumping and storage.

Texas Roadhouse Gives Ten Percent to Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund

On Monday, February 26, Texas Roadhouse restaurants across Florida (not St. Petersburg location) and select locations in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri will host a special fundraiser to benefit the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund. The fund was created by the Broward Education Foundation to aid the victims and families of the February 14 tragedy. The restaurants will donate 10% of all food sales that day to the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

When:
Monday, February 26
4:00 - 10:00 p.m.