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Hernando County School Board's John Sweeney to run for re-election

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Sweeney to run for re-election; Bonfield might

Hernando School Board member John Sweeney, in his first four-year term in the board's District 1 seat, said Friday he will run for re-election. "I think I'm a decent guy for a great job and it's a great honor," Sweeney said. Nilsa Colon Toro, a receptionist at Springstead High School, filed for the seat in November. Board member Sandra Nicholson has filed to seek a fifth term in the District 5 seat and so far has two challengers, Michael Bainum and Cynthia Moore. Board member Dianne Bonfield said Friday she is still contemplating a re-election bid. Bonfield has undergone treatment for lymphoma in recent months and at last check was cancer-free. Before she runs, she said, "I'm going to make sure I'm in tiptop shape, and I should be finding that out soon." Two candidates have filed for that seat, Vi Coogler and Keane Chapman. The qualifying period is June 14-18. Candidates must collect 1,230 signatures from registered Hernando voters or pay a fee of $1,316.48.

Clues send teams racing across area

Hernando Challenge, an event to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will start at noon May 22 at Veterans Park on Spring Hill Drive. Registration will be at 11 a.m. Hernando Challenge is similar to the reality television show The Amazing Race. Teams of two will solve a set of clues to find checkpoints in various areas throughout the county. The winning team receives a $500 cash prize. The entry fee is $20 per person. Those who register before May 15 through the Web site will receive a T-shirt. To register, visit www.hernandochallenge.com. Call (352) 684-2198.

Today's picks

Art N Market Walk: Downtown Brooksville activities include Market on Main Street, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; art sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; plein air painters, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; demonstration with artist Tom Jones, 10 a.m.-noon; and a plein air exhibit, 1-3 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

Chinsegut Birding and Wildlife Festival: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show: 1 p.m.-midnight, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Midway ride armbands $22. Parking $2. Admission $7 for adults, $4 for ages 4-12, free for 3 and younger. (352) 796-4552.

Reggae Sunfest 20X: 2-10 p.m., Linda Pedersen Park, 6400 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $5 for ages 12 and older (11 and younger admitted free).

The Shadow Box at Stage West: 8 p.m., Forum, Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $10. (352) 683-5113.

Winds of Change Campaign Community Spring Fling, Block Party and Picnic: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 345-5954.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 688-9622.

Correction

The Wisconsin Club of Hernando County's social outing will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Red Lobster, 2328 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. A wrong time was listed in Thursday's Clubs column.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

Hernando County School Board's John Sweeney to run for re-election 04/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 16, 2010 8:49pm]

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