wildfire risk factor high, says forestry center
The Withlacoochee Forestry Center is warning residents of the threat of wildfires resulting from the warm and dry weather, combined with recent hard freezes. Although there are currently no burn bans in effect, those who burn yard waste and debris on their property are advised to make sure they are familiar with state, county and municipal burning laws and to follow safe burning practices. Also, those who notice any suspicious activity are asked to call their local fire department or the arson alert phone number, toll-free 1-800-342-5869. For information or advice about safe burning practices, call wildlife mitigation specialist Don Ruths at (352) 754-6777, ext. 119.
Preserve plans a sparrow drive
A sparrow drive is planned for Feb. 4 in the Weekiwachee Preserve, 2345 Osowaw Blvd. This will be an opportunity to get up close with Henslow's, Le Conte's, Grasshopper and other winter sparrows during the banding process. There is no cost to participate. For the meeting time and location, call Marianne Korosy at (727) 772-7584. Visit the website at swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/areas/weekiwachee.html.
Literacy program offers GED testing
The HEART Adult Literacy Program has announced that GED testing in Hernando County will be offered Feb. 6 to 8 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Advance registration must be completed in person at the Adult Education office at the high school; office hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. The cost to take the General Educational Development exam is $70 (cash or check). Additional test dates will be: Feb. 21-23, March 5-7, April 2-4, April 16-18, April 30-May 2, May 14-16 and June 4-6. Stop by the office or call (352) 797-7091.
Gospel Sing with the Sunny South Trio, Lily Weatherford and the Weatherfords, and Dr. Jerry and Little Jan Goff: 7 p.m., Gulf Ridge Park Baptist Church, 20200 Manecke Road, Brooksville. (352) 650-1923.