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Because of long lines at many early voting sites, Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday issued an executive order extending voting hours for the rest of the week. In Hernando County, elections offices will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Saturday in Room 165 at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, and at the Westside Government Center, 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call the elections office at (352) 754-4125.


Transient charged with theft, assault

Hernando deputies on Monday arrested a transient man for stealing items from five vehicles in the parking lot of the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and then pulling a knife on one of the car owners. Michael Magee, 26, faces charges of aggravated assault, attempted grand theft, attempted burglary of a conveyance and three counts of burglary of a conveyance. He remained in the Hernando County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of a bond of $19,000.


Youth shelter plans open house, tour

Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc. will host an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the New Beginnings Youth Shelter, 18377 Clinton Blvd., behind the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. The event is to thank corporate sponsors, community leaders and donors who, led by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Hernando Class of 2008, retiled the shelter's Great Room. Tours of the facility will be provided and refreshments will be served. The shelter provides food, clothing, shelter and counseling services to runaway and at-risk youth ages 10-17 from Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties. For information, call (352) 797-7566.

Pet vaccines are offered at low cost

Florida International Teaching Zoo's veterinary staff will provide a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tractor Supply, 18741 Cortez Blvd. Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $5. Dog distemper/parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots are $14, and dog kennel cough/bordatella shots are $14. All vaccinations will be administered by the veterinarian. Documentation will be provided. Proceeds benefit Teaching Zoo programs, including endangered species propagation, veterinary assistance distance learning and elephant survival programs. For information, call Dr. Wilson at (352) 867-7788.