Water now okay to drink; Tests return clean

Published May 16, 2007


You can drink the water, said Jessie Goodwin, interim director of Hernando County Utilities Department. Three tests taken May 3 at the Cedar Lane Water System detected fecal coliform bacteria, according to a notice sent out by the department after it received the results May 8. The department is required by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to notify residents, Goodwin said. Goodwin checked two years' worth of test results and found no indication of a failure that would explain the contamination, and follow-up tests came back clean. For more information, call Mack Washington, water plants supervisor, at (352) 754-4490.

Man, 18, accused of sex with girl, 14

An 18-year-old Brooksville man was charged with sexual battery after he had sex with a 14-year-old girl at his home, according to an arrest report. Matthew Scott Johnson told police he engaged in sexual activity with the girl but said it was consensual. The girl told police she repeatedly told Johnson no and tried to push him off, reports state.


Dine out, dance on Armed Forces Day

AMVETS Post 24 will host an Armed Forces Day dinner-dance Saturday at the post, 247 Hallcrest Ave. Dinner will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. and will include roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and dessert. Dancing will be from 7 to 10 p.m. with music provided by Steve Daniels. The cost is $8 for dinner and dancing or $4 for dancing only. For reservations or information, call Suzie at 686-9667 and leave a message.

Public meetings

Hernando County Historical Advisory Commission, 3 p.m., Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

Hernando County Fine Arts Council Bandshell Bash Committee, 4 p.m., Main Street Eatery, 101 N Main St., Brooksville.

Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority, 4:30 p.m., County Commission chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Brooksville Housing Authority, 5 p.m., 800 Continental Drive, Brooksville.

Today's picks

Library to show "Million Dollar Baby": 2 p.m., Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Rated PG-13. Free. 540-6391.

Bicyclists to participate in Ride of Silence: Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Suncoast Trail off Cortez Boulevard, just west of the Suncoast Parkway, Brooksville. The ride will start at 7 p.m. and travel to the Hernando County Government Center at 20 N Main St. Free. Steve Diez, 754-4057.