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Brooksville Tampa-Bay Airport receives “Airport of the Year” designation, but financial situation could be better

Recently, the Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport was “Airport of the Year” by the Florida Department of Transportation.

“We are very proud of this recognition from FDOT,” County Administrator Leonard Sossamon said. “With FDOT and FAA assistance, we have worked hard to make airfield safety improvements and infrastructure upgrades for development.”

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Recently, the Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport was “Airport of the Year” by the Florida Department of Transportation.

The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County announces that Pine Island Beach, located at 10840 Pine Island Drive in Spring Hill, is currently closed to swimming due to high levels of bacteria.

Plans for a post and beam pavilion were presented to the Brooksville City Council on Monday, August 7 as part of the ongoing Water Tower Beautification Project.

The Board of County Commissioners received a letter from Ruben A. Acosta, Florida Department of State, Bureau of Historic Preservation, informing the county of the Richloam General Store’s nomination for listing in the National Register of Historic Places

For the past two decades, Springstead has prided itself on playing a disciplined, mistake-free brand of football.

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ROBIBERO, LINDSAY ELIZABETH
(01/29/1981)
Arrest Date:
08/17/17 21:42
Arrest Location::
279 HAMPSHIRE AVE
Offense:
893.13(1)(a) - POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

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Members of K-9 Partners for Patriots help Congress see benefits of service dogs

Mary Peter and Ron Flaville with K-9 Partners for Patriots, Inc. in Brooksville attended a conference in Washington D.C. last month. Held by the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans, the meeting took place July 17-20.

Peter and Flaville had several purposes in attending the meeting.

“We wanted to identify service dog issues with other veteran service organizations in order to share ‘best practices’ and come up with solutions to those problems,” Ms. Peter states.

Who built it? Artist Lewis Watkins of Brooksville

Sculpture by Lewis Watkins at the West Hernando Library

Lewis Boone Watkins was an accomplished artist from Brooksville. Internationally, his artwork is part of permanent collections in the National Museum in Santiago, Chile and the Vatican Museum in Italy. Nationwide his work is displayed at the West Virginia Fine Arts and Cultural Center, John Davis Fine Arts Center in West Virginia, Leslie Stephens Fine Arts Center in Alabama, Florida State Museum, in the State Capitols of Florida, West Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas and Tennessee, not to mention numerous other private, corporate college and university collections.

Local News

Pine Island Beach temporarily closed to swimming

by Hernando County Government

(Brooksville, FL) The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County announces that Pine Island Beach, located at 10840 Pine Island Drive in Spring Hill, is currently closed to swimming due to high levels of bacteria. This is a common occurrence in many areas of Florida during the heavy summer rains. The water will be re-tested next week and an announcement will be made when the beach re-opens for swimming.

Learn more about beach closures at www.floridahealth.gov/ environmental-health/beach- water-quality/index.html.

State News

$50 million from the state for springs across Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Water Management Districts have identified 40 springs projects that will receive $50 million as part of the 2017-2018 state budget. While none of the 40 projects appear to be in Hernando County, there are projects in neighboring counties that have been funded. Hernando County did receive a $400,000 allocation for a Weeki Wachee River channel restoration project which does not seem to be part of 40 projects.

Sports

Eagles overcome sloppiness to win classic

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Springstead sophomore Anthony Alexis runs for 142 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's preseason classic at Hudson. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

HUDSON – For the past two decades, Springstead has prided itself on playing a disciplined, mistake-free brand of football.
But preseason classics are rarely a showcase of crisp, fundamentally-sound performance. To that end, Thursday night’s exhibition at Hudson revealed plenty of ragged edges, though still yielded a positive result: a 32-6 victory.

Community

Richloam General Store aims for designation on the National Register of Historic Places

The Board of County Commissioners received a letter from Ruben A. Acosta, Florida Department of State, Bureau of Historic Preservation, informing the county of the Richloam General Store’s nomination for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The nomination proposal will be in front of a review board on Thurs. Aug. 10. If the board finds that the property meets the criteria, then a formal nomination will be submitted to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington D.C. for a final decision.

Crime

HCSO ARREST SUMMARIES 8-04-2017

In Plain View, A Clear Plastic “Gatorade” Bottle with a Liquid Meth

ABDALLAH, BRANDON ANTHONY
YOB: 1993
TATTOO: UNKNOWN WITH BUDDHA
CHARGES: TRAFFICKING IN DRUGS, POSSESSION DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
Arrested on 7/27/2017 23:20 7144 DAVENPORT LN, SPRING HILL

Arrest Summary Excerpt: “On 07/27/17, at approximately 2251 hours, located at 7152 Davenport Lane, Spring Hill, FL, affiant made contact with the defendant in reference to a stolen vehicle investigation.

Killingsworth Insurance
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Kids Central, Inc.

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Upcoming Meetings in Local Government and Education

City of Brooksville Council Meeting; Monday, August 21, 2017, 7:00PM
Location City Hall

City of Brooksville Total Budget Workshop
Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 4:00PM; Location City Hall

Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting
8/22/2017 9:00 AM
Government Center
John Law Ayers Room 20 N. Main Street Brooksville, FL 34601

School Board Meetings
8/22/2017 Informal meeting 1PM; Workshop 2:00 PM; Regular Meeting 6PM
District Office-Board Room
919 North Broad Street Brooksville, FL 34601

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Seniors who love to help seniors

Sue Simone of Seniors Helping Seniors® — helping to make life easier for seniors who want to stay as long as possible in their own homes.  Photo: Sue Quigley

Sue Simone started volunteering over 30 years ago providing helpful care to homebound seniors who needed help in the house in varying degrees.
“It was a powerful experience and gave me a tremendous sense of purpose to serve others,” she said.

But then her husband was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia called “frontotemporal dementia” and their life together was plunged into a world of uncertainty. His prognosis was not good.