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Volunteer unit Sheriff's Traffic Aides begins operation


Sheriff's office volunteer unit begins duties

A new group of volunteers began operating with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. The Sheriff's Traffic Aides (STAs) will handle duties that do not require a sworn deputy's attention, such as directing traffic, according to Sheriff Al Nienhuis. The STAs will handle duties that have been performed in Spring Hill by the Spring Hill Fire District's Fire Police unit, which will be disbanded as the district consolidates with the county. A second team is being recruited to serve the remainder of Hernando County. For more information, call (352) 754-4083.

Health Department to close for moving

Several Health Department offices will be closed during the week of Sept. 19 as staffers move to a new office at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., which will open on Sept. 26.

• Spring Hill medical and dental offices: Closed Sept. 19-23.

• Spring Hill WIC and nutrition services: Closed Sept. 20-23.

• Airport environmental health office: Closed Sept. 22-23.

• Airport vital statistics office: Closed Sept. 22-23.

The Brooksville Health Department medical and dental offices will maintain regular business hours. Call (352) 540-6800.

Adopt-a-thon today

Home at Last Pet Adoptions and Petco are joining to celebrate Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Month in September. Home at Last will have adopt-a-thon featuring these "less adoptable" pets from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today and Saturdays throughout the month at Petco, 7223 Coastal Blvd. Some pets include: Muffin, a 4-month-old female kitten who walks with a limp from an already-healed broken leg; and Luther, a 3-year-old overweight tabby who is a bit mentally challenged, but is well behaved and issue-free. There will be "normal," healthy cats and kittens also available. Pets can be viewed online at For information, call (352) 476-6832 or e-mail to

Today's meeting

Hernando County Commission/IAFF Local 3760, contract negotiations, 8:30 a.m., Hernando County Fire Rescue Headquarters, 60 Veterans Ave., Brooksville.

Today's picks

Toddler Time/Storytime preschool programs: Toddler Time, for children ages 18 to 35 months, starts at 10 a.m., followed by Storytime, for children ages 3 to 5 years, at 11 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.

Reception for artist W. "Charlie" Hage: 1-3 p.m., Art, Craft Bridal & Frame at Town Square Shopping Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 799-9690.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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