Blood center sends out
emergency call for donors
Life South Community Blood Centers reports an emergency need for blood donors in Florida. The center needs O-negative, A-negative and B-negative blood and is in urgent need of O-positive and B-positive donors. Blood donors must be at least 17, weigh 110 pounds or more and show a photo ID. Call the Inverness office (220 S Pine Ave.) at 344-5332 or the Lecanto center (1241 S Lecanto Highway/ County Road 491) at 527-3061.
Man who set home on fire
given 7-year sentence
INVERNESS _ Kent Vernon Hamilton, the Floral City man accused of setting fire to a home when his wife was inside, accepted a plea deal Thursday that calls for him to serve a seven-year prison term. Sylvia Hamilton was not injured in the September 2004 blaze. Her 52-year-old husband was charged with arson of an occupied dwelling, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and with violating probation on a previous drug case.