Health officials seek woman scratched by rabid cat in Hernando

SPRING HILL

Jogger, exposed to rabid cat, still not found

Hernando County Health Department and Animal Services workers are still looking for a woman who was scratched on Thursday by a rabid cat. Rabies in humans can be fatal if treatment is not started within 10 days of exposure. The unidentified woman was jogging with another woman near Horizon Drive, south of Spring Hill Drive, when the cat became aggressive and jumped on her back. According to a bystander, the jogger was white, blonde and wearing a white sweater and blue pants. Residents who live in the areas around Geneva Street, Eldridge Road and Horizon Drive, south of Spring Hill Drive, are encouraged by officials to share this information with any individual fitting the description. The Health Department may be contacted at (352) 540-6800.

HERNANDO BEACH

Spaces still open at VFW flea market

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 Ladies Auxiliary will host its annual Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. Vendor spaces are available for $20. This is a fundraiser to help support veterans and active troops. To rent a space or make a donation, call Sharon at (352) 597-7907.

SPRING HILL

Best Buy ribbon cutting changed

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has changed the time of the ribbon cutting to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Best Buy, 1389 Wendy Court, off Commercial Way. For information, contact Bob Jost at (352) 797-1157.

BROOKSVILLE

Master Gardener slots are open

The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service is seeking new applicants for the 2009 Master Gardener's volunteer program. Those interested must attend a free mandatory "get acquainted" session at 9 a.m. March 5 or at 3 p.m. March 12 at the Extension office, 19490 Oliver St. Registration is requested; call (352) 754-4433. The in-depth 12-week training program will start April 12. It includes topics such as garden pest management, proper pruning, composting, vegetable gardening and citrus. The cost is $135, which includes all reference books and materials. Master gardeners must volunteer 75 hours of service their first year and complete at least 10 hours of continuing education. After the first year, 35 volunteer hours are required per year.

Today's meetings

Hernando County Housing Authority, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Spring Hill Fire Rescue Commission, 7 p.m., 3445 Bob Hartung Court, Spring Hill.

Today's pick

'Operation Migration, Whooping Cranes' free class: 10 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 754-4433.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries listed in Section B.

Health officials seek woman scratched by rabid cat in Hernando 02/24/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 8:13pm]

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