District 2 seat attracts early contenders
Elections are more than a year away, but there has already been a flurry of activity with candidates prequalifying to run for the County Commission District 2 seat now held by Rose Rocco. This week, Republican Wayne Dukes added his name to the list. Dukes lost to John Druzbick in the primary for the District 3 commission race last year. Another Republican, Spring Hill resident William Kingeter, has also prequalified to run for the seat in 2010. And Rocco herself prequalified to seek a second term earlier this month. She is the sole Democrat on the commission.
Monster Jam sets up a truck stop
A monster truck from Monster Jam will make a stop from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Dairy Queen and Fun Zone, 370 Suzanne Drive, off Commercial Way. Children and adults will be able to take pictures with Out of Control, a Dodge Ram monster truck. Monster Jam will be on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. For information, call the local Dairy Queen at (352) 684-2828.
Home exemption deadline March 2
The Hernando County property appraiser will extend office hours to 6 p.m. next week and on March 2, by appointment only, at the Westside Government Center, 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., to accept homestead and other exemption applications. March 2 is the deadline to file for all exemptions for the 2009 tax year. For an appointment, call Paulette Stearns at (352) 754-4190, ext. 25121.
Greyhounds will be up for adoption
As part of Animal Rescue Appreciation Days, Greyhound Pets of America's Senior Sanctuary of Florida will feature available pets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, 7224 Mobley Road, at Wiscon Road. Several fostered senior greyhounds will be available to meet and possibly adopt. The Animal Rescue Appreciation Days program was initiated by the local Humane Society so breed rescue groups can feature available pets on the first and third Saturdays each month. For information, call Dennis Schoch or Kim Marks at the shelter, (352) 796-2711.
Baseball program takes kids 3 to 5
Brooksville Parks and Recreation will offer Start Smart "Little Buddies" Baseball for children ages 3-5 and their parents. The eight-week program will be from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays, starting March 3, at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane. The cost is $50, which includes a program T-shirt. The program brings parents and children together to work on presport skills such as catching, throwing and batting in a noncompetitive environment. To register or for information, call (352) 540-3835.
Green Screens to show 'Prince Among Slaves': 7 p.m., Saturn Studio South, 314 E Liberty St., Brooksville. Free. 666-7576 or 683-3151.
Relay for Life Carnival:
4-11 p.m., Towne Center parking lot, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The carnival continues through Sunday. Kim, (352)
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