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City officials are preparing for Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin to speak at 9 a.m. Saturday at Sims Park. City Manager Tom O'Neill said he got a phone call Wednesday afternoon from campaign officials who say they want Palin there but have not worked out all the details. Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden held a rally at Sims Park on Monday. Campaign officials have yet to confirm Palin's appearance. The only public event on her schedule for Saturday is 4 p.m. in Raleigh, N.C. It's also unclear how Palin's appearance would be coordinated with a local church's fall festival, which is also scheduled at the park that day. The festival begins at 11 a.m., but O'Neill said Calvary Chapel Worship Center needs time to set up. City police, the Sheriff's Office and Secret Service officials are expected to finish plans today, said state Sen. Mike Fasano. But, if the campaign sends Palin elsewhere, the event is off, Fasano said.


County, Swiftmud meeting tonight

Hernando County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District will conduct a public meeting to present preliminary floodplain information on Blue Sink, Croom and McKethan watersheds from 4 to 7 tonight at the district's headquarters, 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville. Data gathered at this workshop will go toward the development of preliminary Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Call Swiftmud at (352) 796-7211, ext. 4297.

Kennel Club show, trials set Nov. 8-9

The Hernando County Kennel Club will present the All-Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trials 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 8-9 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, off Cortez Boulevard. Canine good citizen testing will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7. The cost is $5 per dog, plus a $5 parking fee. To participate, dogs must be AKC-registered (or eligible), at least 6 months old and current on their vaccinations. A microchip clinic will be offered 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days for $25. Spectator admission is free, but there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee. Visit online at or call (352) 754-9030 or (352) 238-0661.