Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Flood stage will linger for Withlacoochee River

RIDGE MANOR

Flood stage will linger for Withlacoochee

The Withlacoochee River will hover slightly above flood stage at Trilby well into next week, according to an updated forecast from the National Weather Service. Swollen by rainfall from tropical storms Debby and Isaac, the river gauge near the Hernando-Pasco line surpassed flood stage — 12 feet — on Sunday. The river is expected to crest at 12.4 feet this week and then start to recede by Saturday. Though some roads had flooded in Talisman Estates, and most of Riverdale Park was underwater, officials said they did not expect the river to inundate homes.

BROOKSVILLE

Citizens Academy grads to chat

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office invites graduates of its Citizens Academy to a focus group meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Emergency Operations Center, 18900 Cortez Blvd. The goal of the group will be to determine the level of interest in community outreach ideas and projects. Call Lt. Cinda Moore at (352) 754-6830.

Mentors needed to help at-risk kids

Communities in Schools of Hernando County is seeking mentors and volunteers. The goal of the local nonprofit organization is to reduce the dropout rate by providing community resources for at-risk students. A mentor/volunteer training session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. For information, visit cishernando.org. RSVP to [email protected] or call Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322.

Girl Scouts plan recruitment fair

The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida will host a recruitment fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St. There will be exhibits, hands-on activities and on-site registration. Troop leaders will be on hand. Contact Roni Francois at [email protected] or (813) 325-9086.

PINE ISLAND

Dogs get a play date at the beach

The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will kick off the Bark Island season from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at Alfred A. McKethan Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive. Dogs and their owners are welcome to play and enjoy the beach. Pets must be kept on a leash and be current with their vaccinations, and tags must be provided. Owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. The cost is $7 per car or walk-up patron. To register or for information, call (352) 754-4031. Additional Bark Island events will be on Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Nov. 3 and 17, Dec. 1 and 15, Jan. 12 and 26, Feb. 9 and 23 and March 2 and 9.

HERNANDO BEACH

Home show is a cancer fundraiser

An indoor home show and fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd. The event will include home vendors, fine arts and crafts, demonstrations and giveaways. A portion of proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Call (352) 279-0528.

Today's pick

Veterans history workshop: 11 a.m., Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-4042.

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