Hernando County third-graders led the Tampa Bay area in reading and math on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, according to scores released Wednesday. Some 76 percent of students passed the test in reading comprehension, 4 percentage points better than the state average and higher than their peers in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. In math, they hit the 78 percent mark, matched only by Pinellas students and 2 points above the state average. In both categories, Hernando third-graders gained 2 percentage points compared with last year's students, testing coordinator Linda Peirce said. For school and individual student scores, visit the Florida Department of Education on the Internet at fcat.fldoe.org.
County seeks input on budget cuts
County Administrator David Hamilton will conduct a budget workshop/meeting at 2 p.m. today at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St. The meeting is part of a series of community workshops to discuss the status of the 2009 Hernando County government budget as a result of the revenue reductions. Residents are encouraged to discuss their priorities for county government services and ways expenditures might be reduced. Hamilton's final meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. For information, call Brenda Frazier at 540-6780.
Golf event to raise scholarship money
The Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council, will host its annual scholarship golf tournament June 7 at the Seven Hills Golfers Club, 10599 Fairchild Road. A shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the K of C Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. The cost is $45 per golfer. Proceeds will go to the Knights' annual scholarship award program for Hernando County high school students. Reservations are required by June 2. Hole sponsorships are available. Call Mike Snoha at 596-2416, Jim Santore at 666-8697, Dick Doddie at 666-8009 or the council hall at 683-1227.
Library to show A Beautiful Mind: 2 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Rated PG-13. Free. 540-6391.
Rudy to be shown for Teen Movie Night: 5:30 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Rated PG. Free. 540-6391.
Springstead High School Band presents "Spectrum" concert: 7:30 p.m., Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. $8 for adults, $5 for students, available at the door. 797-7010.
"Thank You Veterans Night" fundraiser dinner-dance: 5 p.m., Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. $15 each. Tickets are limited. 597-7979.
Fynan, John Edmund
Murphy, Martin J. "Marty"
Palmer, Melbourne A.
Pickett, Elizabeth Frances
Sayko, Andrew F.
Shaffer, Constance M.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.