The Hernando County Salvation Army is collecting monetary donations for relief efforts in the 11 countries hit by tsunamis.
Salvation Army resources in Sri Lanka, the hardest hit area, have been exhausted and there is an urgent need for monetary donations.
In India, the Salvation Army has set up mass feeding centers and is providing shelter and clothing to those affected by the disaster. In Indonesia (Sumatra), the Salvation Army is working with government officials to coordinate relief efforts.
Donations of goods are not being solicited at this time. Monetary donations earmarked "South Asia Disaster Fund" should be sent to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1135, Brooksville, FL 34605.
The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) Health and Welfare system is operation and has been running since the start of the Southeast Asia disaster. Relatives or friends looking for loved ones in disaster areas can go to satern.org and fill out an application form under "Health and Welfare" and SATERN will attempt to find them.
For information, call 796-1186.
USF study series focuses on empires, emperors
BROOKSVILLE _ USF Learning in Retirement in Hernando will offer "Empires and Emperors II," a winter study series that will be from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Jan. 24 through March 21 in the County Commission meeting room, Room 460, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.
Topics of discussion will include the Mongolian Empire, French Revolution, Napoleon the Man and Emperor, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Dragon Ladies and Dowagers of China, Japan's Tenno Dynasty of 2664 Years, Servitude of Slavery and the American Empire.
The cost is $50. To register, call the University of Florida's toll-free number 1-866-541-7142. For information, call George at 688-5845 or Kay at 666-8471.
Group honors County Government Broadcasting
Hernando County Government Broadcasting is the recipient of a 2004 Crystal Award from the Florida Government Communicators Association.
The award was presented during the recent FGCA annual conference in St. Augustine. The local government broadcasting staff entered a video of a public service announcement that was produced for the 2004 Hurricane Expo. The video won second place out of 15 entries.