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Hernando briefs

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 20, 2001

Temperatures drop below freezing in some areas

Temperatures dipped below freezing early Thursday morning in some parts of the county, but quickly rose.

The Hernando County Airport, south of Brooksville, hit 32 degrees. A University of Florida monitoring site off Lake Lindsey Road dropped to 28 degrees. Forecasters with the National Weather Service said these lows likely were a record, but neither site has been monitoring temperatures long enough for scientists to know for sure. The one monitoring site that has historical data, located at Chinsegut Hill, did not report its temperatures Thursday.

65-acre brush fire battled in wildlife area

Firefighters battled a 65-acre brush fire Thursday. Officials suspect that someone set the blaze west of U.S. 19 and Centralia Road in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, but they have few leads.

Dry weather and high winds have encouraged the spread of the fire, said Ray Reid of the Division of Forestry.

Because of the fire's remote location, no structures are threatened.

Car explodes, burns in auto repair shop

A car exploded and caught fire in an auto shop Wednesday, causing about $25,000 in damage.

The explosion, which occurred at 98 Auto at 29119 Cortez Blvd., appeared to be accidental, according to a Hernando County sheriff's report.

Firefighters from the county and city of Brooksville were able to put out the blaze and no one was hurt.

Relay for Life Cancer Walk to begin at 6 p.m. today

SPRING HILL -- The American Cancer Society will sponsor a Relay for Life Cancer Walk at Springstead High School on Mariner Boulevard beginning at 6 p.m. today and ending at noon Saturday.

Participants in 42 teams have raised money for the society, and some will sell various items, including food and beverages, during the walk to raise additional funds.

The high school's Junior ROTC will sell drawing tickets for a chance to win a boom box, cellular phone, tickets to a Devil Rays vs. New York Yankees game, and foursome golf games. There will be entertainment during the event.

Tickets remain for Elks' Saturday banquet, show

BROOKSVILLE -- Tickets are still available for the Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 bowling league banquet and show on Saturday at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.

Cocktails begin at 4:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 5:30, the show begins at 6:30 and dancing begins at 7:30.

The menu will be a choice of prime rib or chicken piccata. The show will feature a performance by the Strings and Strutters.

Tickets are $12 per person and include dinner, the show and dancing. The public is welcome. For information, contact the lodge at 596-2582.

Herbicide to be applied to Weeki Wachee River

WEEKI WACHEE -- The Southwest Florida Water Management District will apply the herbicide Sonar A.S. on portions of the Weeki Wachee River from Monday through Thursday.

Treatment is for isolated infestations of hydrilla in the Weeki Wachee Estates canals between Arbutus, Finance, Seabreeze, Theresa and Bass avenues.

Water use restrictions include no irrigation for 14 days. Treatment areas will be posted with warning signs displaying treatment dates and the applicable restrictions.

There is a chance that operations could be canceled because of environmental conditions, staffing levels and equipment availability. For information, call Brian Nelson, aquatic plant manager, at 796-7211.

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