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Traffic app helps holiday shoppers

Before you head out to the mall this year for Christmas shopping keep in mind that you can take a look at what traffic looks like before you get on the highway.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has an app for that.

The Florida 511 app now features traffic camera views that show crashes, congestion and other incidents on all of Florida's interstates and roll roads. The app uses the iPhone's GPS tracking to provide you with traffic information within miles of your location.

Archeologist to discuss findings buried in Florida sinkhole

Archeologist to discuss findings buried in Florida sinkhole

Deep underground, swallowed up by a near 250-feet deep sinkhole, is evidence of what life was like in Florida thousands of years ago.

The Little Salt Spring Archeological and Ecological Preserve is a 112-acre piece of land located in South Sarasota County. The site contains the sinkhole where evidence of Florida's earliest inhabitants has been found in sediments.

Spring Hill students compete for classroom makeover

Spring Hill students compete for classroom makeover

 

Spring Hill, FL -- Joseph Groppe’s technology class from Crews Lake Middle School in Spring Hill is in the running for a complete classroom makeover provided by eInstruction, an educational technology company. 

To enter the competition, students submitted music videos explaining how they would use the technology and why they are most deserving. Groppe’s student’s video was chosen as one of fifteen finalists from more than 200 video submissions.

AT&T boosts mobile coverage in Highlands, Hardee counties

AT&T boosts mobile coverage in Highlands, Hardee counties

Customers in Highlands, Hardee and DeSoto counties are expected to experience improved mobile broadband coverage as AT&T announces it has upgraded cell sites in the area.

As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance wireless capacity and performance, the company added 4 cell sites in Highlands, 4 in Hardee and 6 in DeSoto County.

The areas benefitting from the wireless network upgrades include Sebring and Avon Park in Highlands County and Wauchula and Bowling Green in Hardee County.

AT&T increase network capacity again in Hernando Co.

AT&T increase network capacity again in Hernando Co.

Hernando County, FL -- AT&T has done it again! The company has announced that it has added more capacity to seven cell sites in Hernando County to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its local mobile broadband network.

The network upgrade involved adding additional layers of frequency, also known as “carriers,” to cell sites in the Brooksville, Spring Hill and Ridge Manor communities. The additional capacity makes it possible for the sites to accommodate more traffic, which helps improve the performance of mobile broadband data and voice connectivity.

“Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience. As part of the Hernando County community, we’re always looking for new opportunities to provide an enhanced customer experience and our investment in the local wireless network is just one way we’re accomplishing that,” said Rich Guidotti, vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets for West, Central and North Florida. “In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network. If approved, this deal means that we’ll be able to expand the next generation of mobile broadband – 4G LTE – from our current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to more than 97 percent.”

Text messaging and phone scams pop up in Hernando Co.

Text messaging and phone scams pop up in Hernando Co.

Hernando County, FL -- The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is investigating a rash of text messaging and/or phone scams that residents have recently encountered.

The sheriff's office reports that while the scam is not limited to a particular bank, a number of complaints have been reported to Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union.

The bank recently posted a message to its cutomers on their website explaining how the fraud works to obtain people's usernames, passwords, and credit card details. They stress that the messages are not being sent by Suncoast nor were they sent as a result of a release of their members' information.

Archaeologist to highlight Florida shipwrecks and treasures

Archaeologist to highlight Florida shipwrecks and treasures

The Kissimmee River Archaeological and Historical Conservancy begins its Speaker Series with archaeologist Juan Riera, on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Riera will speak on "Pirates, Treasure and Shipwrecks of Florida". He'll discuss environmental dangers to shipping in Florida, such as hurricanes and coral reefs; the wealth that was found on ships traveling Florida waters from the 1500s to the present (Spanish treasure, manufactured goods, modern day yachts); and the people who try to take away treasure - whether they are called pirates, buccaneers, or wreckers.

Characters such as Sir Francis Drake, Blackbeard Edward Teach, and Black Caesar will be remembered for their exploits. This lecture also covers famous, not-so-famous, and infamous shipwrecks in Florida caused by natural disaster, pirates, and modern sinkings for the artificial reef program.