Thursday, November 23, 2017
News Roundup

LifeSouth urgently needs blood donations

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BROOKSVILLE

Blood center urgently needs donations

LifeSouth Community Blood Center has an urgent need for donations of all blood types. From 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, the LifeSouth bloodmobile will be at the Lions Club Communitywide Yard Sale next to the entrance to Clover Leaf Farms, 880 N Broad St. It will also be at the Dollar Tree, 13120 Cortez Blvd., from 2 to 6 p.m. Blood donors must be at least 17 (16-year-olds may donate with written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and provide photo ID. For a full mobile unit schedule, or for center hours, call (352) 596-2002.

Giveaway for the needy Saturday

Second Chance Restoration Ministries will host a Free Day for the Needy at 10 a.m. Saturday at Killingsworth Plaza, 19235 Cortez Blvd. There will be a giveaway of new and used clothing, school uniforms, shoes, toys, electronics and other items. Complimentary refreshments, including hot dogs, chips and drinks, will be served. For information, call (352) 340-6857 or (352) 585-6881.

Voice concerns at Sen. Rubio event

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce invites Hernando County residents who are having issues with Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits, immigration, the IRS or any other federal agency to meet with a member of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's staff from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To RSVP or for additional information, call Rubio's gulf coast regional office at (813) 977-6450.

COUNTYWIDE

Applications open for home funding

Hernando County is accepting applications for funding assistance through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3. Assistance may be used for a down payment, mortgage buy-down, minor rehabilitation or for the purchase of eligible foreclosed homes. Those interested in applying must attend a mandatory orientation session and a home buyer's workshop. The next orientation will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the commission chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. For available home buyer workshops, visit hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm. Applications for funding are available at the county's Health and Human Services office, Room 161 in the government center, or at hernandodownpayment.com. For information, call (352) 540-4338.

Today's picks

Stage West presents 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee': 8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $8. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Music Night at Marine Corps League: 8-11 p.m., Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Free admission. (352) 597-7979. mcl708.org.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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