Water service case returns to courtroom
When the Florida Supreme Court refused to hear a case concerning water regulatory fee refunds to Spring Hill customers in November, county officials had hoped the 5-year-old case would be done. But the case is back in court as attorney Joe Mason filed a new complaint in Circuit Court this week.
At stake is $3.5-million that has been held in escrow as the case has wound through the court system.
If Mason is successful, he and former Florida Water Services customers would benefit from the fund.
If the county, which bought the utility in 2003, succeeds, the money will fund service upgrades.
Social workers meet at hospice center
The Nature Coast Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers will meet at 10 a.m. today at Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 11260 Cortez Blvd.
The chapter welcomes state president Amanda Evans and executive director Jim Akin to the meeting. Akin will present the two-hour "Prevention of Medical Errors" class, which is required for licensed social workers.
Also, nominations to honor NASW members from Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties are now being accepted. Nominations for Social Worker of the Year, Student Social Worker of the Year and Retired Social Worker of the Year can be sent to Wendy Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information, call Hall at (352) 697-0705 or call the NASW Florida Chapter toll-free at 1-800-352-6279.
Volunteers needed for science fair
Volunteers are needed for the Hernando County Schools' District Science and Engineering Fair, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Hernando County Fairground, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville.
Professionals or retired professionals from science and engineering fields are needed to help with judging projects by students in the sixth through 12th grades throughout Hernando County schools.
Also welcome are those with strong interests in botany, animal sciences, behavioral sciences and/or environmental studies.
For information or to volunteer, call Colleen Doulk at Challenger K-8 School of Math and Science, (352) 797-7024, ext. 301.
Agriculture event set for fairgrounds
Those interested in agricultural production and marketing are invited to attend AGRItunity 2009, the third annual event hosted by the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. It will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.
The general session will highlight a successful food production program in Palm Beach County. Topics in the livestock breakout session will include: Breeding Cattle to Fit Florida Conditions; Chute Side Manner; Controlling Weeds Down on the Farm; and Poultry Flock Health Management.
Crop session choices include: Small Scale Organic Systems that Work; Blueberries and Blackberries; Let's Get Selling — Direct Marketing Options; and Extending the Season with Protected Culture.
A trade show featuring indoor exhibits of products and services, as well as an outdoor equipment show will continue throughout the event.
The conference fee is $10 if registered in advance and $15 at the door. The fee includes refreshments and all workshops. Students wearing 4H or FFA apparel will be admitted free.
Those wishing to attend and vendors can register online at www.co.hernando.fl.us/County_Extension/AGRItunity.asp. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Learn to take care of plants during freezes
A free horticulture class, Protecting and Caring for Cold-Damaged Plants, will be presented at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
The class will be presented by Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program coordinator John Korycki. From cold protection to understanding Hernando County's unique climate, this class will help participants keep their landscapes thriving and ready for the spring season.
No registration is required. For information, call (352) 754-4433.
Sharpei rescue group at Human Society
A Rescue Awareness event with Sharpei Rescue will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast, located on the corner of Wiscon and Mobley roads.
The rescue group is a nonprofit organization. Sharpeis will be available for adoption at the event. Information on the breed and the organization is available online at www.floridasharpeirescue.com.
For information, call the Humane Society at (352) 796-2711.
Workshop offered to help with pain
The Foundation for Wellness Professionals will offer its free workshop, "Natural Solutions to End Pain," from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.
The speaker will be Mary Bristow, acupuncturist and doctor of Oriental medicine. Participants will learn about natural, nondrug solutions to help relieve suffering.
Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (352) 799-1882.
NAACP offers events for King holiday
The NAACP Hernando County Branch will host the following events to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday:
• Ecumenical service, 3:30 p.m. Jan. 18, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 14266 County Line Road, Hudson. The theme is "Finding That Stone of Hope in a Mountain of Despair." The keynote speaker is the Rev. Bobby Patton of Tampa. Performing will be dancers from Grace World Outreach Church in Brooksville. The program will include a ceremony recognizing Hernando County NAACP Centennial Calendar Unsung Heroes. A reception will follow in the church hall. Those attending are asked to bring a personal item to support the New Hope Men's Shelter.
• A parade will be on Jan. 19, along a route to be determined in Brooksville. Food will be provided by the Brooksville Buffalo Soldiers.
• Dr. King's Day at Kennedy Park, 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19, 8000 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. The speaker will be Lorenzo Hamilton, retired educator and recreation supervisor. Entertainment will be provided. Sponsored by the Hernando County NAACP Youth Council.
For information, call Brenda at (352) 496-4378.