Where's the line? Theme parks aiming to eliminate them

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — At Universal Orlando Resort’s new “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it’s time to enter the ride.

Universal is leading the theme-park charge into “virtual lines” that give visitors options for exploring a park or watching live entertainment instead of the tedium of looking at someone’s back as you inch forward step by step to the thrill ride.

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Chamber to Host 43rd Annual Student Recognition Banquet

The 43rd Annual Student Recognition Banquet will be hosted by the Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce at the Palace Grand in Spring Hill on Thursday, April 27 from 5:30pm-9pm.
This year’s Keynote speaker will be Lynn Mueller- Nissen, celebrated author and a 1984 graduate of Springstead High School. Our Master of Ceremonies will be Steve Schurdell , Managing Partner of HITS 106.

A Family Affair

By Kym Voorhees Raque
Special to Hernando Sun

The Black Family at Texas Roadhouse in Brooksville

For the Black family, working at Texas Roadhouse in Brooksville, Florida is a family affair. Mom, Linda Black, joined the store when it first opened in January, 2009, while her son, Taylor came on board 3 weeks later, and daughter Lyndsey hired on in 2012.

“When Texas Roadhouse first came to Brooksville, we didn’t know what it was. We had never heard of it, but my son who was 16 at the time, wanted to apply for a job,” said Linda Black.

Opening a connection to our past

Donna Burkes and Kylee Hill ring up customers at the  Richloam General Store grand opening on Feb. 25th, 2017.

On the eastern outskirts of Hernando County, a few miles east of 75, about a half mile south of 50, down a limerock road stands a small general store and post office whose history is connected to several early industries of Florida: timber, turpentine, the railroad and agricultural development. Proprietors Eric and Donna Burkes, who also operate a sign production business, rebuilt the structure in 2016 as a way to attract customers. The Burkes began the sign business in their home next door three years ago, following Eric’s retirement from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Acupuncture: The crown jewel of alternative healing

A form of natural therapy, acupuncture is a respected, powerful alternative method of healthcare

Attitudes about acupuncture have changed dramatically. It wasn’t that long ago when the very thought of treating a condition with acupuncture, or perhaps hypnosis, would raise an eyebrow or two within the medical mainstream. But not any more.