boy with airgun on bus faces no more charges
A 10-year-old Explorer K-8 student who brought an airgun onto the school bus last month likely won't face further charges, authorities said Wednesday. After a review of the bus surveillance video, the school resource officer was unable to determine whether the boy took aim or fired the airsoft gun on the bus or if a student was hit by one of the hard, plastic pellets, according to a report from the Hernando Sheriff's Office. Students can be heard telling the bus driver that the boy had a gun, and another student was crying, according to the report. The boy said the gun fell out of his bag and he denied firing it, the report states. The boy was removed from the bus and given a civil citation for disturbing a school function, Sgt. Donna Black, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said. He will face a misdemeanor charge in youth court, she said. As for school sanctions, the boy was suspended for 10 days and faced possible expulsion, Explorer principal Ray Pinder said the day after the incident. Current principal John Stratton would not say Wednesday if the boy received additional punishment, citing laws exempting student records from disclosure.
Father-daughter dances Feb. 5, 6
Tickets are available for the annual father-daughter dance hosted by the Hernando County Recreation Department and St. Anthony Catholic Church. Dances are scheduled 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, both at St. Anthony, 20428 Cortez Blvd. The event includes music, snacks and drinks. Photo opportunities are available; bring a camera. Tickets are $10 each and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Purchase tickets at the recreation office, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., or online at hernandocounty.us/parks_rec. Those who mail payment must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Call (352) 754-4031.
Fire commissioners meet to fill seat
Spring Hill Fire Rescue commissioners will conduct a special meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday at 3445 Bob Hartung Court. The purpose of the meeting is to interview prospective candidates and to appoint a replacement board member to fill the remaining term of the seat vacated this month by Gene Panozzo. For information, call (352) 754-5800.
Tourism unit needs help at State Fair
The Hernando County Tourist Development needs volunteers to work at the county's exhibit booth from Feb. 4-15 at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. Volunteers will receive free admission to the fair. All shifts are four hours. Shift times include 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Those interested should call Carole at (352) 754-4405 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (write "Fair" in the subject line).
Hernando County Tourist Development Council, 3 p.m., Quality Inn and Suites, 30305 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West.
Kids vs. Cops coed basketball game in memory of Capt. Scott Bierwiler: 6:30 p.m., Fox Chapel Middle School gym, 9412 Fox Chapel Lane, Spring Hill. $3 per person, which will benefit the Bierwiler Fund and Project Wisdom. Call (352) 279-5432 for more information.