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Family pet dies in mobile home fire

The family dog was spared, but the pet parakeet died in a fire that damaged a mobile home Monday.

Sheriff's officials say neighbors heard popping as a mobile home fire began at 25422 Shamokin Drive.

About 8:30 a.m., East Hernando firefighters raced to the home and extinguished the fire before it spread from the kitchen, where it began.

Sue White said she and her husband, Robert, will not live in the mobile home, which was insured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters saved the couple's fox terrier, Harley, but Pretty Bird, a green Quaker parakeet, did not survive.

Social workers mark centennial

BROOKSVILLE _ In honor of 100 years of professional social work, Hernando County social workers will attend a breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. May 8 at Shoney's restaurant, 20133 Cortez Blvd.

A clergy member will perform the invocation; John Sanders, superintendent of the Hernando County School System, and Jim Knight, director of student services for the Hernando County School Board, will speak. Carlos Passy, a social worker with the Hernando County School District, will discuss the history of social work.

County Commission Chairwoman Nancy Robinson will speak and present a proclamation from Gov. Lawton Chiles. All social workers and allied professionals and friends are welcome. Those who attend are responsible for the cost of their breakfasts.