For his winning encore, he takes $1 million prize
A Hernando County man took home a big prize in the Florida Lottery on Wednesday. Thomas Rhoads, 40, who lives north of Brooksville, claimed a $1 million top prize in the lottery's $200 million Spectacular Scratch-Off game. Rhoads took his winnings in a lump sum of $728,887.50. He told lottery officials he planned to continue to work, but hoped to spend some of his winnings on a boat and go fishing. Rhoads purchased his winning $10 ticket at Stop-N-Save in Crawfordville, south of Tallahassee. It was the second time this week that Rhoads had won a lottery prize. He claimed $500 for a Gold Rush Doubler scratch-off ticket he purchased Monday.
for kids' programs
Kids Central Inc. is accepting proposals from qualified agencies to provide summer programs focusing on abuse prevention to youth 17 and younger in Hernando, Sumter, Citrus, Marion and Lake counties. The deadline is noon May 11. Funds will be awarded on May 18. The "Request for Proposal" is available on the Web site at www.kidscentralinc.org. For information, call (352) 873-6332.
Students' group to host autism walk
Special Students of Hernando will host the 2009 Hernando County Autism Awareness Walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway. The family event includes music, games, face painting and food. Vendor spaces are also available. Preregistration, vendor details and other information available online at www.hernandoautismwalk.com or by calling SSH at (352) 232-1239.
Vendor space open for PTA's carnival
Vendor spaces are available for the J.D. Floyd K-8 School of Environmental Science PTA's Spring Carnival, which will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 2. The cost is $20 for a 10-foot by 10-foot space. The school is at 3139 Dumont Ave. Call Wanda Blanchard at (352) 428-1913 or Allyson Truman at (352) 232-0758.
Music celebration to benefit ministry
Spring Hill Community Association's "Joyful Music and More" celebration will be 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave. The event benefits the Nature Coast Christian Church Ministry and includes performances with area church bands, choirs, comedy and puppetry. Admission is free with a nonperishable food donation. Call (352) 666-4746.
"A Day of the Book!"
family event: 10 a.m.-noon, Mid Florida Community Services/Head Start, 835 School St., Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-2464.
Library to show The Perfect Storm: 2 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Rated
PG-13. Free. (352) 540-6391.
Detailed obituaries are
published in Section B.