Hardware store owner chosen for city honor
Joseph C. Weeks, owner of the Weeks Hardware store, is the 2009 Great Brooksvillian. The Brooksville City Council chose him from five nominees at their meeting Monday. Weeks, 82, was chosen over the unanimous recommendation of a citizens' committee to select lawyer Joseph M. Mason Jr. Vice Mayor Lara Bradburn, who made the case for Weeks, said she was pleased with the selection. "He really represents the best of Main Street America," she said. A Brooksville native, Weeks graduated from Hernando High in 1945, joined the Navy, graduated from the University of Florida in '51 and came home. He later took over the hardware store that his grandfather opened in 1913 on North Main Street. Weeks will be officially recognized in October during Brooksville's Founders Week.
Prostitution sting leads to 19 arrests
Nineteen men have been arrested by the Brooksville Police Department during a weeklong prostitution sting dubbed "Operation Working Woman II." The operation ran from July 29 through Tuesday, according to the agency, and 18 of the men arrested approached an undercover female officer and offered money in exchange for sexual acts. Each was charged with a single count of solicitation for prostitution, a misdemeanor. Officers targeted two areas: 101 Ponce De Leon Blvd. at the BP gas station and 664 Broad St. in Brook Plaza. Another suspect, Brian Myers, 32, who was arrested during a similar operation in 2008, faces charges of obstruction and resisting arrest and escape. Police said Myers tried to warn a man approaching the undercover officer that it was a setup.
Free meals to be served Sunday
People Helping People of Hernando will serve free meals to the needy from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. Meals are served each second and fourth Sunday. People Helping People is an interfaith, nonprofit organization that has formed to feed the homeless and hungry on the west side of Hernando County. Volunteers and donations are welcome. Call Diane Rowden at (352) 573-4178.
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Chorus will host free fashion show
Suncoast Harmony Chorus will host a Fashion Show/Member Recruitment event at 1 p.m. Aug. 13 at the River Ridge Clubhouse, 10930 Tall Pines Blvd. Fashions will be provided by Joey's Boutique of Tarpon Springs. There will also be entertainment, refreshments, door prizes and raffles. Admission is free. Reservations are required. Call (352) 597-4376 or (727) 236-9829, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The chorus is the west-central Florida chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a women's barbershop chorus open to women 18 to 80 who love to sing. For information, go to the Web: suncoast-harmony.com.
Florida Library Youth Program presents Magical Storyteller Scott Humston: 10:15 a.m., East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Free. (352) 540-6391.
Wine and cheese reception for artist Karen Heidler: 7-9 p.m., Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. Free. (352) 848-0177.