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Lori Drenth, food services director, said the program would guarantee four years of funding.

Hernando to provide more free meals for young students

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School Board has moved ahead with a federally funded plan to provide free meals for most the county's elementary and middle school students, regardless of need, starting next school year. Adoption of the program, called the Community Eligibility Provision, is expected to increase t …


  1. Live Oak Theater production of 'The Wizard of Oz' opens Friday


    BROOKSVILLE — "I'll get you my pretty ... and your little dog, too!"

    The wonderful land of Oz comes to life when the Live Oak Theatre production of 'The Wizard of Oz' opens this weekend at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville. Terry Edwards, left, plays the Tinman, and Lexi Allocco performs as Dorothy. [Photo by Gwyneth Mitten]
  2. Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting March 31



    It's a party downtown: The annual Chasco Fiesta continues through April 1 in downtown New Port Richey, in and around Sims Park, 5547 Main St. Festivities include a carnival with midway from 5 to 11 p.m. March 31 and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 1; ride wristbands are available for …

  3. Spring Hill motorcyclist, 21, killed in Palm Harbor crash


    PALM HARBOR — A 21-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash Thursday afternoon when another car turned in front of him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  4. Pasco deputies investigate shooting of New Port Richey teen


    NEW PORT RICHEY — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting of a 15-year-old boy on Thursday.

  5. High school teacher accused of sexual relations with Hernando student


    BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando County high school teacher was arrested Wednesday, accused of having sexual relations with a student.

    Valerie Michelle Valvo, 34, an art teacher at Central High School, told deputies she engaged in sexual activity with a 17-year-old studentfive or six times in her home. She was released from Hernando County jail Wednesday after posting $15,500 bail. [Photo courtesy of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
  6. Star-studded bluegrass festival returns to Sertoma for 40th year


    SPRING LAKE — In the world of bluegrass music, Balsam Range is among today's hottest artists. With six critically acclaimed albums since it formed in 2007, the group is among the genre's biggest award winners in recent years, with 10 International Bluegrass Music Association honors.

    Critically acclaimed Balsam Range will perform Saturday. The group “is definitely the No. 1 attraction,” said Debi Evans, president of Evans Media Source, the event organizer.
  7. Closing of SunTrust branch will make Ridge Manor more "lonely."


    RIDGE MANOR — Ridge Manor residents have long felt shunned by chain stores and county government.