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News and notes from Hernando County
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Published Jan. 13


Hospitals need adult volunteers

The volunteer auxiliary for Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill is in need of adult volunteers. The auxiliary is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to local students pursuing careers in the medical field.

A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. To learn about positions at the Brooksville hospital, call Alan at (352) 277-6349; for positions at the Spring Hill hospital, call Doris at (813) 390-6188.

State elections association offering scholarships

The Hernando County Supervisor of Elections office announced that local college and university students can apply for a scholarship through the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections.

The association will award three $1,200 scholarships to students majoring in political science, public or business administration, or journalism/mass communications, and who have completed two years of junior college or undergraduate work. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida.

Applications must be completed and submitted with two letters of recommendation no later than Feb. 28 to the Supervisor of Elections office in which the applicant is registered to vote. Guidelines, applications and further details are available at, or at the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections office at (352) 754-4125.

AARP class may lower insurance premiums

The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered at several locations in Hernando County in February. The course is open to drivers 50 and older who, upon completion, may receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. The certificate is valid for three years. The cost is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited; preregistration is required.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 5, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call Pat, (352) 586-2731.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. Call Murray, (904) 535-2999.

• 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 10 and 11, Salishan Retirement Living, 191 Astaire Lane, Spring Hill. Call Lawrence, (352) 835-7017.

• 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. Call Bill, (352) 556-3050.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. Call Bill, (352) 556-3050.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call Murray, (904) 535-2999.

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28, Downing Funeral Home, 1214 Wendy Court, Spring Hill. Call Dom, (352) 684-2524.

Residents asked to conserve on irrigation

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is reminding residents who irrigate their lawns to skip a week or more of watering during the cooler months of January and February.

According to research by the University of Florida, grass does not need to be watered as often during the cooler months; one-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10 to 14 days is sufficient. Grass needs water when the grass blades are folded on at least one-third of the yard; when grass blades appear blue-gray; and when grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.

Reduced watering will help conserve drinking water supplies for critical uses during the dry season. For additional information, visit the district’s website at


Art in the Park contest deadline extended

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council has extended the deadline to Jan. 30 for entries to its first artist competition for artwork to be featured at the 36th-annual Art in the Park, March 14 and 15 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane. The winning design will be featured in the souvenir program in 2020 Art in the Park advertising materials, posters and other items.

The contest is open to Hernando County visual artists of all ages; those younger than 18 must have parental consent. There is no entry fee. The design should reflect and represent the Florida lifestyle and the Florida Adventure Coast. Artists are encouraged to choose subjects they feel showcase the area’s beauty and uniqueness. There is a limit of three entries per person.

The first-place award is $250, an interview spotlight in the event program, a space in the online art directory for one year and 10 percent of the proceeds from products sold. Second place is $125 and an online art directory space for one year. Third place is $75 and an online art directory space for one year. The winners also will have their designs displayed at Art in the Park and featured at the Artists Feature Booth.

Entry forms are available at


Roadwork continues on Linden and Drysdale

The Hernando County Department of Public Works is performing scheduled drainage improvements at the intersection of Linden Drive and Drysdale Street through Jan. 27. This work requires a single, westbound lane closure on Linden Drive from Drysdale to Elmore Drive during this time. Both Linden and Drysdale will remain open to motorists, but traffic delays may be possible. For further information, call Public Works at (352) 754-4060.

People Helping People hosts health clinic

A health clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 22 at People Helping People in Hernando County, 1396 Kass Circle. The clinic is available for uninsured low-income clients, who can register and be evaluated by a nurse practitioner for general medical problems. For further details, call (352) 686-4466 or (352) 650-9006, or email to


  1. More than 44 percent of people who searched on for the Tampa Bay area from June to December were outside the region, according to a report from Apartment List. Percentages in the “Top Three Sources” box represent the share of searches coming from outside the metro area. (Apartment List map) [Apartment List]
    The region trails only Denver, Baltimore and San Diego for the percentage of people from outside the area searching for apartments on Apartment List.
  2. Hernando County's deputy fire chief has been chosen as the new fire chief in Groveland. [Hernando County]
    Hernando’s assistant fire chief gets kudos from Hernando County Commission.
  3. ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times
The Brooksville Blueberry Festival has attracted many visitors from outside the community. [ALICE HERDEN | SPECIAL TO THE TI  |  Alice Herden]
    Commissioners approve $22,630 in funds for community activities.
  4. Members of the  Brooksville Buffalo Soldiers brought up the rear of the parade along Howell Avenue Monday morning at annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Brooksville. Pictured in front is Trooper Richard Wilder (holding flag) and his grandson Trevon Douglas. In back is First Sergeant H.L. Williams and his grandson, Trevion Patterson. [PHYLLIS DAY  |  Times]
  5. Jaclyn Campbell, 23, left, braves the cold temperatures while walking with her colleague Tysjah Pitchford during their lunch break in downtown Tampa in December. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    Temperatures Tuesday reached the 30s for the first time since 2018. Wednesday will start there, too.
  6. Michael Maine is the Hernando County School District senior recruiter. [Hernando County School District]
    The district has on average 39 teacher openings.
  7. Carrie Wilson, a counselor at Challenger K-8 school, was named the 2020 teacher of the year for the Hernando County School District. [Hernando County School District]
  8. After a day spent out in the Gulf of Mexico, boaters pull their boats out of the water at the Bayport boat ramp in Hernando County. [Michele Miller]
    Responding to survey of boat ramp users, county plans to expand and improve coastal facilities.
  9. Greek-American musician Demetri Kousathanas, band leader of Demetri and the Islanders, plays the Bouzouki at the 2014 Hernando County Greek Festival, sponsored by the Chris the Savior Greek Orthodox Church. This year's festival will be Jan. 25, held on the church's new grounds on Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill. [JONES, OCTAVIO  |  Times (2014)]
    Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
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    News and notes from Hernando County