County makes modest gains
in FCAT writing
Hernando County students saw modest gains on this year's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test for writing. About 57 percent of county fourth-graders and 52 percent of eighth-graders passed the test, up 2 and 3 percentage points, respectively, from last year. Tenth-grade performance was unchanged, with 50 percent of students passing. Results at individual schools were mixed, with 10 schools improving, 10 declining and one unchanged. For details on school or student performance, visit the Florida Department of Education's Web site at fcat.fldoe.org. Thursday's results are the first in a series of releases by the department, with additional scores coming this spring in math, reading, science and school grades.
for victim of fire
A pasta dinner fundraiser for Love Your Neighbor volunteer Kit Raymond will be from 5 p.m. until closing Monday at Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St. Baked ziti will be provided by Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, beverages and desserts by Chick-fil-A and Rising Sun Cafe. Music will be provided by Karen Romine. Also, various businesses have donated merchandise and gift certificates as door prizes. A donation of $20 is requested, but any amount is welcome. Raymond lost her Brooksville home, car and most of her possessions in a fire May 3. For information or to RSVP for the dinner, call John or Lisa Callea at 848-0090, 428-9434 or 428-9275.
Jazz Time Concert scheduled May 24
The Spring Hill Community Association will present a Jazz Time Concert with the Company Swing Band, featuring Lorri Hafer from the Les Brown Band and Eddie Lawrence, from 4 to 8 p.m. May 24 on the Lake House grounds, 1202 Kenlake Ave. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. The concert, which will be at the pavilion, will include the Vicki Belmonte Quartet as the opening act. General admission tickets are $10 and VIP tickets $15 if purchased in advance; all tickets are an additional $5 if purchased at the gate. VIP tickets include seats; those with general admission tickets are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Call the Lake House at 666-4746 or Cara at 650-1695.
Arc Nature Coast's Spring Fling Dance: 7-10 p.m., West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. $2. 232-5727 or 544-2322, ext. 100.
Hernando High School Band Kaleidoscope Concert '08: 7 p.m., Hernando High Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. $5. 797-7015, ext. 223.
Stage West presents Agatha Christie's Murder on the Nile: 8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $18, reserved seating. 683-5113.
Gwynn, Phillip L.
Howard, Maryellen G.
Kaelin, Ruth C.
McDowell, John P.
Page, Clara Cato
Pitta, Joseph Vito
Tavares, Antonio J.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.