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Jean Hayes, Times Staff Writer

Jean Hayes started at the Times in 1998 working out of the Port Richey office. She currently works in the Brooksville office and is community news coordinator for the Hometown Hernando feature. Jean also handles the Hernando and Pasco business digests and the occasional Hernando Neighbor feature.

Phone: (352) 848-1438

Email: jhayes@tampabay.com

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  1. Hometown Pasco for Dec. 19

    Human Interest

    We want your news!

    Hometown Pasco is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Pasco news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    Saint Leo University celebrates Founders Week: Gary Mormino, the Frank Duckwall professor emeritus of history at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, led a panel of history experts at Saint Leo University’s recent Commemorative History Panel at University Campus. The event was part of the university’s Founders Week, the culmination of its 125th anniversary celebration. The theme for the program was “Florida’s First Catholic College: From a Dream to a University of International Consequence.” Carol Moon, reference and instructional outreach librarian at the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library, discussed the “Origins of San Antonio Judge Dunne’s Deals and Dreams.” Rodney Kite-Powell, curator of the Tampa Bay History Center, presented “Father Jerome Wisniewski: Saint Leo’s Most Celebrated Historian of Florida’s Past.” Marco Rimanelli, professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo, focused on “Saint Leo University’s Modern History.” From left are: Rimanelli, Mormino, Moon, Jack McTague, professor of history in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Kite-Powell.
  2. Hometown Hernando for Dec. 19

    Human Interest

    We need your news!

    Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Hernando news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    Haunted Trail on Golddust celebrates ninth year:  On behalf of Mike Witherow and his family, the Humane Society of the Nature Coast reported that the Witherows’ 2014 Haunted Trail on Golddust was the most successful in its nine-year history. More than 1,000 visitors flocked to the four-day Halloween-themed event. And once again, the Humane Society was the primary benefactor of the Witherows’ creativity, hard work and generosity. Mike Witherow, kneeling in front of the trail’s castle, presented a check for $2,300 to Dina Athanassie, the Humane Society’s executive director. Standing in back, from left, are: volunteers Peter Brack, Leo Krahula and Taylor Witherow, who also doubles as a shelter volunteer and her dad’s assistant at the trail. Keeping an eye on all of the excitement is Maple, a lab-rotty mix the Witherows adopted from the shelter a few years ago.
  3. Local hospitals recognized for safety

    Business

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    LOCAL HOSPITALS EARN "A" SAFETY SCORES: Medical Center of Trinity and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point have been recognized with an "A" safety score by the Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

    According to Leapfrog, the hospital safety score is one piece of information patients should use when planning a hospital stay. For additional information, visit HospitalSafetyScore.org....

  4. Hernando's Business digest for Dec. 19

    Business

    Business digest

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    LOCAL HOSPITAL EARNS 'A' SAFETY SCORE: Oak Hill Hospital was recently recognized with an "A" safety score by the Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

    According to Leapfrog, the hospital safety score is one piece of information patients should use when planning a hospital stay. For additional information, visit HospitalSafetyScore.org....

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  5. Hernando to recognize Great Brooksvillian

    Briefs

    Brooksville

    This year's Great Brooksvillian to be honored today

    This year's Great Brooksvillian, Jan Knowles, will be recognized during a ceremony at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

    The award program, established by the city of Brooksville in 2002, recognizes distinguished individuals nominated by citizens to be recognized and honored for their significant contributions to the history, culture and/or economy of the community, or have had connections and/or ties to the community. For information, call (352) 540-3810....

  6. Hernando's Blood Mobile for Dec. 19

    News

    Bloodmobile locations

    LifeSouth Community Blood Center will have blood drives at the following off-site locations during the coming week.

    Today (Friday): 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Mid-Florida Community Services (Head Start), 11245 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Hernando County Department of Public Works, 1525 E Jefferson St., Brooksville; 2 to 5 p.m., Hernando County School Bus Compound, 3339 California St., south of Brooksville....

  7. Hernando's Births for Dec. 19

    News

    Births

    Lacerra, Stephanie Nicole and Michael David Jenkins, Spring Hill, Gianni Nicholas Jenkins, 8 pounds 7 ounces, 6:54 p.m. Nov. 26, 2014, at Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

    Porter, Jennifer Lynn and Kirk Channing Porter, Spring Hill, Payton Reese Porter, 7 pounds 12 ounces, 12:17 p.m. Dec. 1, 2014, at Bayfront Health Spring Hill.

    Sutton, Tiffany Michelle and Edward M. Sutton, Spring Hill, Connor Edward Sutton, 5 pounds 12 ounces, 6:18 p.m. Nov. 21, 2014, at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg....

  8. Pasco's Business digest for Dec. 12

    Business

    Business digest

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    HOSPITAL EARNS RECOGNITION: Florida Hospital Zephyrhills was recently recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

    The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients....

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  9. Hernando's Business digest for Dec. 12

    Business

    Business digest

    FREE BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed across the nation, has partnered with the Small Business Administration and Counselors to America's Small Business to offer free counseling to both startup and established businesses. More than 26 former business owners and corporate executives are available to offer assistance to people in Hernando and Pasco counties. For information, visit score439.org or call (727) 842-4638. ...

    DIPLOMAT OF THE MONTH:  Judi Schreiner, left, owner of Take Time for Travel and Judi’s Creations, was named the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce’s Diplomat of the Month for October. Schreiner, who serves on several chamber committees, received the award from Sonia Gonzalez, chairwoman-elect of the chamber board.
  10. Hernando's Briefs for Dec. 12

    Briefs

    Santa and Mrs. Claus to visit Goodwill store Saturday

    The Goodwill Store, 4750 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, has announced that Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the store from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Families are invited to bring cameras to capture their children's visit with the jolly couple.

    Giving Trees set up at libraries to help less fortunate over holidays

    The Hernando County Library System has set up Giving Trees, with lists of needed items, at each library to help the less fortunate members of the community during the holiday season. Unwrapped items may be placed under each tree through Wednesday. Toys for Tots donations boxes are also available. For information, call (352) 754-4043....

  11. Hometown Pasco for Dec. 12

    Human Interest

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    Mathematics Educator of the Year: Jill Nielsen, former Pasco County math coordinator and past president of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics, was recently honored at the council’s 62nd annual Conference at Innisbrook Resort. Nielsen was presented the Kenneth P. Kidd Mathematics Educator of the Year Award in recognition of her many years of outstanding service to Pasco and Florida schools.
  12. Hometown Hernando for Dec. 12

    Human Interest

    We want your news!

    Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Hernando news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    Korean War Veterans enjoy river cruise: The social club and Ladies Auxiliary of Korean War Veterans Legion 5053 recently hosted a bus trip to Homosassa, where members enjoyed a cruise on the Homosassa River, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. The group cruised in a large, covered pontoon boat around Monkey Island, then traveled to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park before returning to the restaurant. Those attending included, from left: Ron and Maryann Webber, Lois and Bob Bestercy, Rich and Barbara Mellinger, Stacy Johnston, Lou Lessner, Janet and Bob Johnson, and Dotty and Roger West.
  13. Hernando's Pet of the Week for Dec. 5

    Pets

    Pet of the week

    Miss Honey

    Miss Honey is a friendly, 6- to 7-year-old Chinese shar-pei and pit bull terrier mix. Miss Honey has been spayed, microchipped and is current on all of her vaccinations. She is equally happy sitting on the couch or playing. She prefers human company over other pets, and would need to be the only pet in the household. Inquiries about adopting Miss Honey or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Visiting hours at the shelter are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is run strictly on donations; no government subsidies are provided. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs, $40 for adults cats and $65 for kittens, and cover the costs for all vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping. For information, call (352) 796-2711 or visit humanerescue.org....

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  14. Hernando's Government Meetings for Dec. 12

    News

    Government meetings

    Here is a listing of public meetings scheduled for this week:

    Monday

    City of Brooksville Firefighters' Pension Trust Fund Board of Trustees, 4 p.m., council chambers, City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

    Brooksville City Council, 7 p.m., council chambers, City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

    Tuesday

    Hernando County Commission, 9 a.m., commission chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville....

  15. Hernando's Blood Mobile for Dec. 12

    News

    Bloodmobile locations

    LifeSouth Community Blood Center will have blood drives at the following off-site locations during the coming week.

    Today (Friday): 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Subway, 19438 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

    Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Harbor Freight, 2418 Commercial Way, Spring Hill; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Walgreens, 20020 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Publix, 9595 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee....