Scores average in first step away from FCAT
Hernando County's middle and high school students performed about average on their first-ever Algebra I end-of-course exam, according to results released by the state Wednesday. The mean score for the 2,189 students who took the test was 48 on a scale of 20-80. That's a point under the state mean score. The test is the first step to shift away from the general knowledge Florida Comprehensive Assessment exam at the high school level and toward specific assessments of what students know on individual subjects.
Dredging project back on track
Dredging in the Hernando Beach Channel began again on Tuesday after the work was idled for more than a week to replace broken equipment, including the transmission for the dredge itself. As of Wednesday afternoon, the work was continuing and the operation was meeting water quality standards, according to county spokeswoman Brenda Frazier.
Public hearing set for mosquito plan
A public hearing on the creation of a Hernando County Mosquito Control Municipal Service Taxing Unit will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the commission chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St. The MSTU is being considered to provide financing for mosquito control. The public will be welcome to comment during the hearing. For information, call (352) 754-4060.
'Taste of the Arts' at City Hall today
The Spring Art Exhibit and "Taste of the Arts" will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Meet the artists and taste culinary delights from local restaurants and the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. For information, call Terri Carter or Lindsay Morgan at (352) 540-3810.
Counseling offered to quit smoking
The Hernando County Health Department, in cooperation with Gulf Coast Area Health Education Center, offers free one-on-one counseling to help residents kick the tobacco habit. Trained tobacco cessation specialist Veronique Polo is available every Wednesday at the Brooksville clinic, 300 S Main St. She provides education, quitting strategies and support, and information and access to free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, lozenges). For information, call (813) 929-1000 or visit gnahec.org. To schedule an appointment, call (352) 540-6800.
Hernando County Aviation Authority, 3:30 p.m., Airport office, 15800 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville.
Library to show 'Hildago': 2 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Rated PG-13. Free. (352) 540-6391.