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Tax office opens drive-through for collections

The Hernando County Tax Collector's branch office on Forest Oaks Boulevard will have a drive-through available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to collect current taxes.

Those using the drive-through must pay by check only; no cash will be accepted. The drive-through will be in the back of the Forest Oaks Government Center.

The 4 percent discount for November payment will be extended to Dec. 2 because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Call 754-4180.

Antiabduction group to meet public at Wal-Mart

SPRING HILL _ Members of PAAAS Silent Survival Signals will be at the Wal-Mart on Commercial Way from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Information will be provided about the national chapter of Parents Against Abduction and Abuse Signals. The program teaches and trains adults and children to silently communicate for help when abducted, held hostage or other emergency situations. PAAAS Silent Survival Signals is a division of Kidnapped and Hostage Program Inc.

For membership and information, call Jim, 544-1200; e-mail to infopaaas.org; or visit the Web site at www.paaas.org.

Calling all rockhounds to big gem show next week

SPRING HILL _ The 28th annual Withlacoochee Rockhound Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the SNPJ Lodge, 13383 County Line Road.

The show will feature minerals, gemstones, fossils, demonstrations, hand-crafted jewelry, lapidary equipment, gem and mineral auction, replica of Aaron's Breastplate and the Crown Jewels. There will be a demonstration each day on chain weaving. Also, there will be a demonstration on the art of carving ivory on Nov. 30. Admission to the show is $3 for adults, $1 for teens and free for children age 12 and younger. Parking is free. Call Jerry, 688-7810 or Joyce, 796-5899.

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