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Candidate to face Rowden in 2008 Primary

By TIMES STAFF
Published March 31, 2007


COUNTYWIDE

Commissioner Diane Rowden has competition for County Commission District 3. Hubert "Wayne" Dukes, 61, jumped into the ring Friday to face Rowden in the 2008 Democratic primary. Dukes, of Hernando Beach, lost a three-way primary in September for the seat now held by Commissioner Rose Rocco. Dukes doesn't live in District 3 "at the moment," but he promised with a laugh to abide by the law - as soon as he knows what the law is. Dukes was referring to Rocco's ongoing legal battle with ousted Commissioner Hannah "Nancy" Robinson about whether a county commissioner has to live in the district on Election Day, or when the results are made official. Dukes, a Hernando County native, worked for the federal government for 32 years in civil engineering and fire protection. "We need to immediately cut the cost of county government and make it less of a burden on the county's taxpayers," he said.

BROOKSVILLE

Deadline nears for fair vendors

Monday is the deadline for vendors wishing to participate in the Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show, which will be April 20-29 at the county fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St. A limited number of indoor and outdoor spaces are still available. Completed applications must be received by the fairgrounds office no later than Monday, and must include a picture of the booth or display. For details and applications, stop by the fair office, call 796-4552 or e-mail info@hernandocountyfair.com.

Today's picks

Cosmetology students offer services: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., Brooksville.

AMVETS host dinner and dance with Steve Daniels Band: AMVETS Post 24, 247 Hallcrest Ave., Spring Hill. $8. Dinner at 6, music 7-10 p.m. Bob, 232-1637, or Hutch, 428-7666.

Community planting project at Country Club Estates: 10 a.m., at the entrance at Howell Avenue and Oakwood Drive, Brooksville.

Greek pastries bake sale: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the entrance to Wal-Mart Supercenter, 13300 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Easter egg hunt: 9 a.m., Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. The hunt will begin at 9 a.m. for ages 2 to 4, 9:15 a.m. for ages 5 to 7 and 9:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 10. Free. 754-4031 .

Hernando Sportsman's Club hosts Gun and Knife Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Admission is $6; ages 16 and younger admitted free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

ABATE hosts March Madness Dice Run: Sign-ups at 11 a.m., last bike out at noon, VFW Post 8173, 1681 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. $5 per score card or three cards for $10. Chris, 398-9542, or John, 397-5005.