Early voting continues at two locations
Since early voting began Monday, 1,025 Hernando voters have already cast their ballots for the primary election. Early voting continues today as well as Monday through Aug. 21. Registered voters can vote early from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at either the main office of the Supervisor of Elections, at 20 N. Main St., Room 165 in Brooksville, or the branch office, at 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd. in Spring Hill. A photo and signature identification are required to vote. The supervisor has also sent out 8,000 absentee ballots. The current county voter registration is 122,484. Primary election day is Aug. 24.
Be sure to check new flood zones
Nearly 200 property owners attended the open houses this week to examine the new county flood maps, but many more area residents need to recheck their flood risk, Hernando County community relations coordinator Brenda Frazier said Friday. More than 24,000 parcels in the county that previously were not designated in the flood zones are now in flood zones on the new maps; that means thousands of area residents may need to purchase flood insurance. A 90-day period for filing protests about the flood zone designations will begin after a formal notice is published. For more information, visit www.co.hernando.fl.us/floodmap or call 540-6300.
Come celebrate 75 years of parks
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will host a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Florida state parks during park hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Special presentations and performances will be given at the park, at 6131 Commercial Way, including a history presentation about Florida state parks from the Civilian Conservation Corps, and special mermaid performances from both current and former park mermaids. Photo opportunities with the mermaids in retro mermaid tails and swimsuits will be available. Regular park admission is $13 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 592-5656 or visit the website at weekiwachee.com.
Garden Club hosts weeding event
The Spring Hill Garden Club invites volunteers to help out with its Weed & Feed event from 8 to 10 a.m. today at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., and at the waterfall entrance at Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way. Participants will learn about plants that crowd out native species, then help remove invasive plants and vines from the sites. A free brunch will follow. Call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastbotanical gardens.com.
'Charlotte's Web': 8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $10. (352) 683-5113.
Operation Backpack: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., American Legion Post 99, 208 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.
Operation Backpack 34606: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County, 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill.
Pancake Breakfast and Rummage Sale: 8 a.m.-noon, Brooksville First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 796-4228.