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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. Hernando Briefs for Jan. 30

    Briefs

    Neighborhood news calendar

    Countywide

    Free tax assistance program available

    With support from the United Way of Hernando County, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides free federal tax preparation assistance to people with a total income of $60,000 or less at the following locations:

    • Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only. Call (352) 200-3030....

  2. Hernando Business Digest for Jan. 30

    Business

    Business digest

    Briefly

    SPRING HILL TRAVEL AGENCY RECOGNIZED: My Paradise Planner of Spring Hill was honored during the 2014 Sandals Travel Agency Recognition Awards in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

    My Paradise Planner won "Sandals Best of the Best Agency" in the southeastern United States for the second year in a row.

    Owner Kira Solomon took home the Sandals Spirit Award, the Sandals Social Media Achievement Award and was the sole winner of the Sandals CEO's Award of Excellence. Solomon was also recognized as a Chairman's Royal Club member for the third year in a row, which includes the top Sandals specialists for annual sales achievements....

  3. Hometown Hernando for Jan. 30

    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.

    Woodfield Ladies celebrate Christmas:  The Woodfield Ladies in Timber Pines enjoyed a Christmas celebration at the country club. Instead of exchanging gifts, the women purchased gifts for the seniors at Tangerine Cove assisted living facility in Brooksville.
  4. Hometown Pasco for Jan. 30

    Human Interest

    We want your news!

    Hometown Pasco is devoted to everyday life in our county. Call Hometown Pasco news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax at (352) 754-6133, or email jhayes@tampabay.com.

    St. Nick’s Workshop held at Holiday church:  St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday recently hosted a St. Nick’s Workshop for children in the church’s Faith Formation program. The children were able to purchase gifts for their families and friends at low cost from the many items contributed and made by the staff. Purchases were wrapped by staff “elves.” Cookies and hot chocolate were available to all.
  5. Hernando Government Meetings for Jan. 30

    News

    Government meetings

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

    Monday

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

    Tuesday

    Hernando County School Board, 2 p.m. workshop and 7 p.m. meeting, School Board office, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville

    Wednesday

    Southwest Florida Water Management District, Cooperative Funding Initiative Northern Region, 10 a.m. district headquarters, 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville....

  6. Hernando Blood Mobile for Jan. 30

    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 4:15 p.m., Winding Waters K-8 School, 12240 Vespa Way, north of Weeki Wachee; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West.

    Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Goodwill Industries, 4750 Commercial Way, Spring Hill; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Publix, 19390 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville....

  7. Hernando Pet of the Week for Jan. 30

    Pets

    Pet of the week | CJ

    CJ is a handsome 2-year-old domestic shorthair mix. He's been neutered, microchipped and is current on his age-appropriate vaccinations, including rabies. CJ is an absolute mush. He loves to have his chin scratched, his belly rubbed and any attention you can give him. He would be great with all ages. Inquiries about adopting CJ or other cats and dogs 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. Visit the website at humanerescue.org....

    Humane Society of the Nature Coast
  8. Hernando Business digest for Jan. 23

    Business

    Business digest

    Briefly

    MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZED FOR LABORATORY SERVICES: Gulf Coast Medical Center has met all criteria for laboratory accreditation by COLA, a national nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement and accreditation. Gulf Coast Medical Center has two locations in Port Richey and one in Spring Hill. For information, visit gcmc1.com....

  9. Hernando Briefs for Jan. 23

    Briefs

    Neighborhood news calendar

    countywide

    No waiting list at Early Learning Coalition

    The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties has announced that there currently is no waiting list for school readiness services, which provide free and low-cost childcare.

    This is the second time within a year that the coalition has eliminated the waiting list and can provide immediate assistance to working families who need it. The coalition encourages potentially eligible families in Pasco and Hernando counties to apply. Eligibility is determined by comparing federal poverty guidelines to family size and income. Families may earn no more than 150 percent of the federal poverty level upon initial eligibility. As an example, a family of four in Pasco or Hernando may be eligible for a subsidy if earnings do not exceed $35,775 annually....

  10. Hometown Pasco for Jan. 23

    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.

    Law firm collects gifts for indigent seniors: The Hook Law Group in New Port Richey recently collected holiday gifts for distribution to unbefriended and indigent seniors. Area nursing home administrators were invited by the firm to provide wish lists for their residents. The lists were filled by members of the local professional community and distributed by the Hook Law Group. Shown, from left, are elder law attorneys Joan Nelson Hook and David Hook, with Selena Zugras, Stacey Meece, Shannon Caraccia, Caroline Posey and Samantha Martin.
  11. Hometown Hernando for Jan. 23

    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.

    Golf tournament raises funds to benefit This Ride’s for Them:  Texas Roadhouse sponsored a charity golf tournament for This Ride’s for Them on Dec. 13. This Ride’s for Them is a horseback ride from Colorado to Washington, D.C., to raise money and awareness about veteran suicides because of posttraumatic stress disorder. The more than $6,000 raised will be donated to Saratoga WarHorse. Many businesses and individuals donated hole sponsorships and door prizes, and 72 golfers turned out. Shown with golfers is Marine Dwayne “JoJo” Jojola, rider and committee chairman, along with committee members and Texas Roadhouse representatives.
  12. Hernando Pet of the Week for Jan. 23

    Pets

    Pet of the week | Bullet

    Bullet is a 7- to 8-year-old pit bull terrier mix and has been neutered, microchipped and is current on his age-appropriate vaccinations. Affectionately called "Bo," Bullet was surrendered because his owners were becoming allergic. He's a happy guy who was raised with children, but doesn't get along well with other animals. Inquiries about adopting Bullet 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. Visit the website at humanerescue.org....

    Humane Society of the Nature Coast
  13. Hernando Government Meetings

    News

    Government meetings

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

    Tuesday

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

    Southwest Florida Water Management District, governing board meeting, 9 a.m., Tampa Service Office, 7601 U.S. 301, Tampa.

    Wednesday...

  14. Hernando's Blood Mobile for Jan. 23

    News

    Bloodmobile locations

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

    Today (Friday): 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mariner Village, 11092 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sam's Club, 13360 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

    Saturday: 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Brooksville Elks Lodge, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Marshalls, 7143 Coastal Landings Shopping Center, Spring Hill....

  15. Pasco business digest for Jan. 16

    Business

    Business digest

    Briefly

    CAMPBELL & CO. OPENS SECOND OFFICE: Jacquelyn R. Campbell, along with partners Jim Wilhelm and Monica Haberlin, of Campbell & Co., certified public accountants and financial consultants, recently opened a second office at 8221 State Road 54, Trinity.

    The Trinity Odessa Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. today. A light lunch will be served. To RSVP, call (352) 683-7365....