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On Sept. 13, 2017 Hernando County along with a number of other counties was declared a disaster area. The disaster declaration has to be made by the Governor of the state affected.

The disaster designation is important because it allows Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to become more involved in the recovery efforts. The resources that can be made available are designated for the removal of debris, funding assistance for emergency services, possibly housing assistance, and more. A disaster declaration is also a necessary step to filing loss claims with FEMA.

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On Sept. 13, 2017 Hernando County along with a number of other counties was declared a disaster area. The disaster declaration has to be made by the Governor of the state affected.

Hurricane Irma passed over our area on Sept. 11, 2017, but its lingering effects are still being felt. There has been prolonged electricity outages, generator problems, large amounts of debris from the storm and mosquitos quickly multiplying, but perhaps

Cecilia Patella Hernando County Emergency Management Director addressed the County Commission on Sept. 19 to give them a briefing on the Emergency Operations Center/ Emergency Management efforts prior to, during and in the days following Hurricane Irma.

(Brooksville, FL) A Disaster Survivor Assistance Team (DSAT), provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), arrived in Hernando County today. DSAT provides information directly to survivors by canvassing the community door-to-door and at loc

Hernando County Budget Manager Pamela Lee updated the Board of County Commissioners ( BOCC) at the Sept. 19 meeting with regard to a tentative budget and millage rate reduction. The first budget hearing was held later that day. Last year the general fun

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Thank you, Hernando

Nearly three years ago, when the Tampa Tribune shut down Hernando Today, I wrote a column for the final issue titled “One Last Mile.”
That headline was a reference to a line often repeated in interviews by then Springstead head boys basketball coach Pat Kelly back in 2009, as his team made a stunning run to the state championship game.
At the time, I wasn’t sure what the future held for me. Thanks to Rocco and Julie Maglio and Hernando Sun, it turned out I still had a few miles left in the tank.

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The Little Lady Cafe

Photography By: ROCCO MAGLIO

Erin Carter Harvey (left) with owner Rory Steele (right)

The Little Lady Cafe is a red building between the Courthouse and Water Tower in downtown Brooksville. We reviewed the restaurant a year ago, but it has since changed hands. The restaurant is now run/owned by Rory Steele. She worked at the restaurant for nearly 18 months before she decided to purchase the business with the support of her partners Brent Gaustad and Pete Roberts.

Hurricane Irma

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Irma Preparedness

Governor's Press Office

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott received a full update on Hurricane Irma from the State Emergency Operations Center. The Governor is continuing to travel the state today to meet with local officials, ensure communities have all the resources they may need, and to encourage families and visitors to be fully prepared.

Hurricane Irma Suncoast Credit Union Branch Closures

Suncoast Credit Union

Due to the effects of Hurricane Irma and the safety of our employees, ALL Suncoast Credit Union branches and the Members Care Center will be closed at 1:00 PM on Friday, September 8th through Monday, September 11, 2017. We will reopen on Tuesday, weather permitting; however, this may change based upon the storm’s progression and emergency management recommendations.

If you need to use a non-Suncoast ATM, the Suncoast Foreign Transaction Fee will be waived until further notice.

Please be safe! For the latest information visit

Status of Circus Performance due to Irma

Loomis Bros. Circus

Friday September 8, 2017 3:30PM EST

Safety of our patrons, cast, crew, and animals is paramount at Loomis Bros Circus. Due to approaching severe weather conditions, performances originally scheduled for 7:00PM on Monday September 11 and 7:00PM on Tuesday September 12 at The Hernando County Fairgrounds in Brooksville have been postponed and rescheduled for Monday September 18 at 7:00PM & Tuesday September 19 at 7:00PM. These rescheduled performances will still take place at the Hernando County Fairgrounds and benefit The Florida International Teaching Zoo.


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4x in 5 years: Monster Transmission makes Inc. 5000 list

Making Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list is quite an accomplishment, but doing it for 4 times within 5 years is an even bigger one.

Businesses apply to be listed, but only the fastest growing companies in America make the cut. This is determined by a number of factors including gross sales over a three year time period (which cannot be under $1 million) and employee count. The figures submitted are certified by a CPA.

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THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 18, 2017......... Calling the deaths of eight seniors last week an “isolated incident,” a nursing-home industry group will hold a meeting Friday to discuss a move by Gov. Rick Scott to require nursing homes to be equipped with generators to power air-conditioning systems when electricity goes out.

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Cutting the cable cord

The price of cable has increased significantly over the years. Many cable bills are north of $200 a month, but that also includes phone and Internet. This means that customers can save around a $100 a month by cutting the cord.

Depending on your viewing habits, dropping cable may or may not be a major sacrifice. If you watch movies and older TV shows you may be able to replace cable with Netflix or Amazon Prime. These services usually cost around $10 a month depending on the options chosen.

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Upcoming Meetings in Local Government and Education

Hernando County School Board Meetings Sept 19th
2PM Workshop
5:01PM Budget Hearing
6PM Regular Meeting
District Office-Board Room
919 North Broad Street Brooksville, FL 34601

Board of County
Commissioners Regular Meeting; 9/19/2017 9:00 AM
Government Center
John Law Ayers Room 20 N. Main Street Brooksville, FL 34601

Brooksville Council
Meeting ; Monday, Sept 18, 2017, 7:00PM
Location City Hall

Brooksville Housing Authority Meeting; Tues, Sept 19, 2017, 5:00PM; Location City Hall

Firefighter’s Pension Board Meeting ; Wed, Sept 20, 2017, 5:00PM; Location City Hall

Good Neighbor Trail
Advisory Board; Thurs, Sept 21, 2017, 5:30PM; Location City Hall

Special Master Hearing Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 1:00PM; Location City Hall

Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting
9/26/2017 9:00 AM
Government Center
John Law Ayers Room 20 N. Main Street Brooksville, FL 34601

Board of County Commissioners Budget Meeting
9/26/2017 5:01 PM
Government Center
John Law Ayers Room 20 N. Main Street Brooksville, FL 34601

Planning & Zoning Commission
Wed, Sept 27, 2017, 5:30PM
Location City Hall

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