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Hometown Hernando for Aug. 23

United Way of Hernando County’s 13th-annual Stuff the Bus events took place July 12-14. United Way staff, school teachers, community partner, and volunteers collected donated school supplies at all Hernando County Publix locations, as well as two local Walmart locations. This year, there were 721 total hours logged by volunteers. This initiative brought in 8,306 pounds of school supplies which stocked more 158 classrooms in 23 schools. “We are so thankful to live in such a giving community that knows what it takes to live united and make a difference for Hernando’s youth,” said United Way’s executive director/CEO Angela B. Walasek. She thanks United Way’s Partners in Education, Oak Hill Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Care Center for sponsoring Stuff the Bus T-Shirts, and Chocachatti Elementary School for allowing United Way to use its cafeteria space to sort. United Way of Hernando County
Published Aug. 19

U.S. Air Force Airman Keenan M. Ruh graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman also earned four credits toward an associate's degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Ruh is the son of Nick Ruh and Hailey Smith of Weeki Wachee, and Heidi and Zac Lauenstein of Beatrice, Neb. He is the brother of Brittney Ruh of Beatrice. The airman is a 2018 graduate of Beatrice High School.

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  2. Larry Duran, a 12-piece Latin band, will perform at the Hispanic Heritage Festival of Hernando County Sept. 21 at the Lake House. Vivian Rivera-Hernandez
  3. A study found that two of the worst intersections in the country for running red lights are in the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay Times
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  4. Volunteers work to refurbish a home as part of the Fuller Center’s Greater Blessings Program in Pasco County in August. Fuller Center for Housing Nature Coast
    Comedy show and dinner will help raise money for ministry working in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties and beyond.
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  6. John McKitrick’s painting, Dubious Optimism, is among the artist’s works that are on exhibit at Gateway Gallery and Emporium in New Port Richey. Gateway Gallery
  7. Dad (Joe Santerelli) is showing the children how to efficiently take a bath using motion study. As he explains about grabbing a "cake" of soap, son Jackie (Cam Kennedy) tries to "eat" it. Meanwhile, Billie (Rachel George, far left) is mocking Dad from behind, in the Live Oak Theatre production of 'Cheaper by the Dozen.' Kristina Mitten
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  10. Members of the Live Oak Conservatory Pre-K 1 Combo Class rest after their first session of tap, jazz and ballet. The class includes children from 18 months to 5 years old. The conservatory kicked off its second year in August, offering performing arts classes for children and adults. The Live Oak Theatre Company is a nonprofit repertory company, located at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts in Brooksville. Visit Jane Russell Geddings
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