Ban is lifted; Go ahead and burn yard waste
The Hernando County Commission voted Tuesday afternoon to lift the ban on the burning of residential yard waste, a ban that has been in place since February. Hernando Fire Rescue Chief Mike Nickerson said the recent heavy rains have helped alleviate the extreme drought conditions that had the county's drought index above 600. That index is now down to 55, Nickerson said.
Bowlers, sponsors needed for event
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office will host the ninth annual Bowling Extravaganza July 18 at Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way. Registration begins at noon and bowling starts at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $150 for a lane sponsorship and a team of four bowlers, $100 for a lane sponsorship only, $75 for a team only and $20 for individual bowlers. The deadline for sponsorships is July 2. For information or registration forms, visit www.hcso.hernando.fl.us or call (352) 754-6830, ext. 53671..
Worn flags will be properly burned
Two local organizations will host Flag Day events on Sunday: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 will conduct a flag-burning ceremony at 1 p.m. at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. This ritual is the prescribed manner in which to dispose of worn flags. Call (352) 596-9236. Also, Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 will host a Flag Day ceremony at 2 p.m. at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Flags will be presented by Boy Scout Troop 459 and Cub Pack 459. The flag presentation will be led by scoutmaster and Elks Leading Knight Bill Balderson. Refreshments will be served after the event. Call Bill Balderson at (352) 585-2713 or Angie Balderson at (352) 585-2730.
Hernando County administrator's budget workshop, 2 p.m., Withlacoochee Bicentennial Hall, 16257 Lingle Road, Istachatta.
Spring Hill Fire Rescue Commission, 7 p.m., 3445 Bob Hartung Court, Spring Hill.
"Groundcover Alternatives to Turf" horticulture class: 10 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Free. (352) 754-4433.
Library offers Rock Band Jam Session for teens: 1-3 p.m., East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Free. (352) 540-6391.
Nature Coast Orators Club 8122 hosts open house: 7-8:30 p.m., Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., in the room behind the cafeteria. (352) 277-2577 or (727) 512-0233.
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