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WOULD-BE BANK ROBBER TAKES DEAL FOR 5 YEARS IN JAIL

BROOKSVILLE

A 48-year-old Brooksville man who attempted to rob a bank before it opened took a five-year prison sentence Thursday. Michael Edmund Pride approached a female Center State Bank employee in the parking lot March 5. He ordered her to open the Broad Street bank door but was told the vault was sealed. Police said Pride then robbed the woman and fled. He pleaded guilty to robbery, attempted robbery and false imprisonment. The sentence was part of a negotiated plea deal with prosecutors.

Community cleanup set for Saturday

A communitywide cleanup in south Brooksville will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Eastside House of God, 827A--1/2 Twigg St. Volunteers should report to the church at 8 a.m. for their assignments. The effort is organized by the Community Initiative Team, a group of city and county officials and neighborhood representatives committed to make improvements and taking positive steps for the benefit of residents. The cleanup will be part of a Fall Festival that will start at 9 a.m. For information on the cleanup, call Hernando County Code Enforcement at (352) 754-4056. For information, call (352) 597-6698 .

Ridge manor

Methodist Church hosts fall festival

The annual Fall Festival at Ridge Manor United Methodist Church will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on church grounds, 34350 Cortez Blvd. Food from Brooksville's SOS Famous Bar-B-Que will be available starting at 11 a.m. and will include ribs and chicken dinners, slabs of ribs, sandwiches, desserts and more. There will be children's activities, hay rides, bounce house, face painting, pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting. Nonperishable food will be collected for the needy. For information, call (352) 583-3770 .

SPRING HILL

Volunteers needed for Waterfall Weed Out

The Spring Hill Garden Club needs volunteers for the Great Waterfall Weed Out, which will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Waterfall entrance at Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way. Bring gloves and garden tools to help prune, weed and trim the landscape beds. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or 686-2013.

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