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Hernando’s Class of 1970 plans 50th reunion

News and notes from Hernando County
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]


County selects library manager, commission officers

Hernando County Government announced the selection of Cynthia Loftis-Culp as its library services manager. Loftis-Culp, who has a master’s degree from the University of South Florida, has more than 25 years of library experience, with 20 of those years in library services management. She spent the past 2.5 years working for Lee County Library System/Northwest Regional as its principal librarian.

Also, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners recently elected its new officers for 2020: Chairman John Mitten, Vice Chairman John Allocco and Second Vice Chairman Wayne Dukes.

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Time closing to register for primary voting

Those wishing to vote in the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary must be registered to vote by Feb. 18. Since Florida is a closed primary state, only registered Democrats and Republicans are eligible to vote in this election, and for candidates in their selected parties only.

According to the Hernando County Supervisor of Election’s Office, 27 percent of Hernando’s voters are registered as No Party Affiliation or a member of a third party, and will not be eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary on March 17. Those who are registered to vote, but would like to change party affiliations, must do so by Feb. 18.

Online voter registration is available at (select "Register to Vote). Registered voters may check their status on the website (click on “Voter Lookup Tool” under the voters toolbar). Voter registration applications also are available at the Supervisor of Election’s offices, public libraries, county offices, city hall or state agencies that provide public assistance.

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.


Hernando’s Class of 1970 plans reunion

The Hernando High School Class of 1970 has planned several events to celebrate its 50th class reunion:

• There will be a gathering from 5 to 8 p.m. March 13 in the private room at Coney Island Drive Inn, 1112 E Jefferson St. Those attending can order off the menu. Following will be an after-party at Applebee’s on Truck Bypass 50.

• A family picnic will be from noon to 3 p.m. March 14 at Pavilion A at McKethan Lake Recreation Area of the Withlacoochee State Park, off U.S. 41, north of Brooksville. Admission to the park is $2 per person (cash only); children younger than 6 are admitted free. Those attending should bring a lunch, drink and lawn chairs.

• Gathering from 6 to 9 p.m. March 14 at The Bistro, 10 S Main St., in downtown Brooksville. Order off the menu.

For details, or to RSVP, email to Lydia Dodson at

Navy Band’s tour makes stop in Brooksville

The U.S. Navy Band will perform in concert at 7 p.m. March 6 at Hernando High School, 111 Ernie Chatman Run. The concert is one of only 20 stops throughout the country on the U.S. Navy Band Tour.

The Navy Band features the Concert Band, Sea Chanters chorus and Cruisers popular music group. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing for more than 95 years. Joined by the Sea Chanters, the ensemble expands to include music ranging from traditional wind band repertoire to Broadway showstoppers, rhythm and blues, pop and patriotic favorites.

The concert is free, but seating is limited and tickets are required. Tickets are available at Hernando High School’s front desk and band room, WWJB Radio, and at All About Music in Spring Hill. They can be reserved online at, then picked up at the high school. Tickets will not be delivered, and there will be no will-call. For information, call (352) 797-7015.

Brooksville students to sing at USF

Students of Brooksville’s Queen of All Saints Academy will perform alongside renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine in a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The Presidents Day concert will highlight the work of black composer and Mozart contemporary Chevalier Saint Georges, among others.

Tickets are $15-$40. Visit for tickets and details.


Fishing clinic available for children

The Weeki Wachee Anglers, a fishing and social club, will host the fifth-annual Kids’ Fishing Clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 at Linda Pederson Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd.

This is a free, non-competitive, educational, catch-and-release event open to children ages 5 to 15. It will be presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Hernando County Parks and Recreation. The first 300 children who complete each of the stations of the clinic will receive a free rod and reel.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is not required. For further information, email to


Community Center hosts events, activities

The Tri-County Community Center, 28444 Forbes St., will host the following events:

• A chili supper will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 29. No tickets or reservations are required, but donations will be accepted to help with the continued restoration and rebuilding of the center, due to fire damage.

• Donations are being accepted for a yard sale that will be held in March. All donations welcome, but no furniture.

Regularly scheduled events include: PoKeeNo from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday; hand-sewing and quilting with the Jolly Quilters from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and Bingo from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, which includes a potluck snack midway through the games. For further information, contact Dorrie at (352) 587-4818.


Smoking cessation class offered

Oak Hill Hospital has partnered with the Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center to offer a free seminar to help tobacco users quit. “Tools to Quit” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Oak Hill’s GME Conference Center, Rooms B and C, 11307 Cortez Blvd.

The program, sponsored by Tobacco Free Florida, will provide participants with the tools needed to help quit tobacco, including how to prepare a plan that works for them, ways to deal with cravings, what physical and emotional symptoms to expect and how to cope with them effectively. Participants receive four free weeks of patches, gum or lozenges while supplies last.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call (813) 929-1000 to register.

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