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Fourth of July fireworks return to Hernando County Fairgrounds with community support


Gabriel Long, right, ponders a move in Magic Elder Dragon Highlander as competitor Joshua Downin riffles cards during casual play time at Colossal Comics in Spring Hill.Beth N. Gray | Special to the Times

Games, spin-offs are the draw at Colossal Comics in Spring Hill

SPRING HILL — Comic books aren't comical anymore, admits Andrew Heeley, manager of Colossal Comics, a collectibles shop that came to Spring Hill late last year "because there hasn't been a store here — forever," the 19-year-old said. The comic book designation is a tradition that has stuck since the pulp picture bo …


  1. FHP troopers will be patrolling Suncoast, Veterans toll roads for impaired drivers


    "Wolfpacks" of Florida Highway Patrol troopers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this July Fourth weekend on toll roads throughout the bay area: Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties.

  2. Fulfilling budget requests would require Hernando commissioners to approve higher tax rates, fees

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Standing at the microphone before the Hernando County Commission late last month were the passionate leaders of the First Hernando Youth Soccer Club and several of their young members.

  3. Classroom support key to improved test grades for students in Hernando schools


    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County students generally performed well on this year's statewide standard tests, according to a recent, limited release of results, including on science, U.S. history and civics end-of-course exams.

    Teacher Ed Finch touted enhancement programs’ effectiveness.
  4. Fourth of July fireworks return to Hernando County Fairgrounds with community support


    BROOKSVILLE — Eighteen years. That's how long it has been since the Hernando County Fairgrounds played host to Freedom Fest, a Fourth of July celebration that included a fireworks display. Due to dry spells, both meteorological and financial, the event fizzled out.

  5. Water park in Aripeka to open July 4


    ARIPEKA — SunWest Park will open to the public for a soft launch Saturday with limited water activities, two swimming areas and 250 parking spaces.

    Employee Austin Runman tries the Wibit Aqua Park, a floating obstacle course, at SunWest Park in Aripeka on Wednesday. The park in Pasco opens Saturday with water activities and 250 parking spaces. A cable system for wake boarding is planned.
  6. Hernando Business digest for July 3



    HOSPITAL EARNS FIT-FRIENDLY AWARD: Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill was presented the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Achievement Award for the seventh consecutive year. The award is presented to workplaces that meet criteria for employee wellness.

    CHAMBER PRESENTS PRESIDENT’S AWARD:   The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce presented the 2015 President’s Award for Education Excellence to retiring Pasco-Hernando State College president Katherine Johnson. Under Johnson’s leadership, the college has experienced tremendous growth. Her accomplishments include establishing the Spring Hill Campus and the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, expanding the college’s reach to five full-service campuses. The college recently transitioned from a community to a state college and now offers several bachelor’s degrees. During her tenure, PHSC’s enrollment grew by 37.5 percent, and graduation rates rose by 43 percent. Shown from left are Patricia Crowley, chamber president; Treavis Wellman, chamber immediate past chairman; Johnson; and Donna Burdzinski, PHSC provost.
  7. Peer pressure: What will Tampa Bay do now that Miami-Dade made pot possession a civil infraction?

    Local Government

    Starting this month, people caught with small amounts of marijuana in Miami-Dade County could walk away with a civil citation and no criminal charge.

    Miami-Dade police have the option of issuing citations for small amounts of marijuana.