First patient with swine flu is doing well
The Hernando County Health Department on Tuesday reported that the first case of H1N1 flu virus (swine flu) in the county has been confirmed. The patient is a 70-year-old woman who is responding well to treatment. No other details were released. The symptoms of the swine flu are similar to those of influenza, including chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort. There have been 166 confirmed cases of swine flu in Florida as of Thursday. To avoid spreading the illness, the Health Department recommends frequent handwashing.
Search for phone blamed in crash
A 20-year-old Spring Hill woman who lost control of her vehicle while trying to find her cell phone was cited for causing a head-on crash in Sumter County Monday morning that seriously injured herself and two others. The Florida Highway Patrol said that Jessica L. Balmer, 20, was driving north on U.S. 301 north of County Road 470, when she dropped her cell phone on the passenger floorboard of her 2002 Ford pickup. While trying to retrieve the phone, Balmer allowed the vehicle to drift over the center line into the path of a 1995 Chevy sport utility vehicle driven by Philip Trotman, 45, of Webster. Balmer, Trotman and his passenger, Barbara Trotman, 71, were taken to Orlando Regional Hospital and are listed in serious condition. Three other passengers in Trotman's vehicle received minor injuries and were treated at area hospitals. Balmer was cited for failing to stay in her lane.
Spring Hill man badly hurt in crash
A 21-year-old man from Spring Hill was critically injured Tuesday morning when his northbound pickup truck veered off of the Veterans Expressway north of Gunn Highway and struck a light pole and a tree before bursting into flames. Brett J. Hawkins was trapped inside the 2009 Dodge in the 8:22 a.m. accident but a motorist helped him get free, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Hawkins was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
Kathleen Nani owns Gionani Interiors LLC, a new design studio at 11242 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Her name was misspelled in Monday's Business Digest.
"Hurricane and Trees" free horticulture class: 10 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Free. (352) 754-4433.
Spring Hill Regional Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary Gold Exchange fundraising event: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive. (352) 666-8755.
Wine and cheese reception for local artist John Joab DeRoberts: 7-9 p.m., Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. Free. (352) 848-0177.