County airport stands out among its peers
Hernando County Airport has been named Florida's 2011 General Aviation Airport of the Year. This award marks the third time the local airport has won this distinction, having been named in 1993 and 2000. The airport, south of Brooksville, features more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space, and is home to more than 120 businesses and 2,000 employees.
Backpack project brings an honor
The city of Brooksville is among the winners of the Florida League of Cities' annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards Program, which is designed to recognize innovations and excellence in municipal government. The city has won the Florida City Spirit Award for its Operation Backpack project. Operation Backpack provides free backpacks filled with school supplies to underprivileged children in the community. Businesses, churches, organizations and individuals make donations toward purchasing the backpacks and school supplies. Since its inception in 2004, Operation Backpack has distributed nearly 4,400 backpacks.
Chance to donate in grad's honor
The Nature Coast Parrot Heads has teamed up with LifeSouth bloodmobile to host a benefit blood drive from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at Beef O'Brady's, 9201 County Line Road. The drive is in honor of Leah Ranger, a recent graduate of Springstead High School, who has been diagnosed with a rare blood cancer. Blood donors will be entered into a raffle to win a Beef O'Brady's gift card and a gift basket donated by the Parrot Heads. For information, call LifeSouth at (352) 596-2002.
The last name of Craig Toland, a Central High School Navy Junior ROTC cadet who recently was awarded a $500 Fallen Soldier scholarship by Standing Tall For Veterans, was misspelled on Wednesday's Hometown Hernando pages. Incorrect information was submitted to the Times.
Hernando County Commission/Teamsters Local Union 79, collective bargaining session, 1 p.m., Department of Public Works, 1525 E Jefferson St., Brooksville.
Florida Library Youth Program presents Make and Take Craft: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to stop by the library to make a special craft. (352) 540-6391.
Florida Library Youth Program presents Snip Snap Snout with John Hlivyak: 11 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.
Caribbean praise concert with missionaries Dan and Brenda Hopkins and the youth of the Bataca Church of the Nazarene: 7 p.m., Spring Hill Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 235 Cobblestone Drive, Spring Hill. An offering will be collected. (352) 683-0587.