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Local students write on Veterans Day

Left to right: Wider Horizons School students Maximo Shane (kneeling), Madison Toll, Sydnie Mainella, Samara St. Leger, Michael McGrogan

How Can You Honor A Veteran?
By Sydnie Mainella,
age 10

There are many ways to honor a veteran from writing letters, to even the simplest tasks like buying them a coffee. Veterans are very important, so it is essential that we honor them on a day called Veterans Day.

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Here's the thoughts on Veteran's Day from some of the local students.

While the Board of County Commissioners meeting was cut short on Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017 due to two bomb threats to the courthouse, before evacuations the commissioners were fortunately able to proclaim Hernando County to be a Purple Heart County.

The second and final public hearing was held at the Nov. 7, 2017 Board of County Commissioners meeting regarding the repealment of an earlier ordinance (2016-05) which allowed for county control of medical marijuana growing and dispensing facilities.

Last Friday’s results from the Class 5A region quarterfinals was the last couple of games for any Hernando County teams remaining. Between Hernando and Nature Coast, who had to travel on the road to Baker County High School, both teams left everything on

Len Sossamon introduced the appropriation Requests for 2018-19 State Legislature at the regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on October 24th.

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Spring Hill ex-parachuter receives honor award

Mel Greene with his Medal of Honor

A Spring Hill man was recently honored as the 2017 82nd Airborne-All American Medal of Honor Award Winner.

Mel Greene, a resident of Hernando County since 1992, was "shocked" when notified of the award at the 82nd Army Airborne Association Convention this past August in Orlando. Greene's honor included leading a parade of approximately 300 troops and Veterans through Disney World down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Later that night, Greene addressed the convention, attended by more than 700 people, where he received the special medallion and official honor award.

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Spring Hill ex-parachuter receives honor award

Mel Greene with his Medal of Honor

A Spring Hill man was recently honored as the 2017 82nd Airborne-All American Medal of Honor Award Winner.

Mel Greene, a resident of Hernando County since 1992, was "shocked" when notified of the award at the 82nd Army Airborne Association Convention this past August in Orlando. Greene's honor included leading a parade of approximately 300 troops and Veterans through Disney World down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Later that night, Greene addressed the convention, attended by more than 700 people, where he received the special medallion and official honor award.

Local News

County to rely on state for regulating medical marijuana facilities

The second and final public hearing was held at the Nov. 7, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting regarding the repealment of an earlier ordinance (2016-05) which allowed for county control of medical marijuana growing and dispensing facilities. New legislation by the state preempts counties and municipalities from regulating the facilities.

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Hurricane Irma

IRMA

by Louise Brown

Mother Nature recently woke up on the wrong side of her bed. She didn’t realize that there would be loss of life, homes, prize possessions, devastation to many areas of Florida.

The very young don’t remember that we have been through this before, all the adults remember it all too well.

We mourn our loved ones and regain our strength and move on, Florida will rebuild.

Slowly the lights are on, thanks to the electric company and all the companies from other states that have come to help.

Sports

In massive thriller, Hernando almost pulls off major upset

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

HHS No. 53 Hayden Griffith before battling Clay on Nov. 10, 2017

For the first time in five years, the Hernando Leopards varsity football program was one of the 32 teams selected in the 5A class of the FHSAA playoffs. This time around, the team was district champions, riding a 7-2 record to 38 points in the new system. On Friday night at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium, fans packed the stands to watch Hernando take on their opponent in the first round, the Clay Blue Devils, who are located roughly three hours from Brooksville.

What transpired during this game arguably made it the game of the first round.

Business Spotlight

Cole's Farm Market expands to 3 locations

Hernando Sun Staff

Kim and Jim Cole, owners of Cole's Farm Markets.

To those traveling east on County Line Road or south on US19, Jim Cole’s produce stands are a familiar sight with their bright red and green tents. Now, the Cole’s have opened a new stand located at the junction of Twin Dolphin Drive and Sunshine Grove Road just off Cortez Boulevard.

Cole’s Farm Markets have been in Hernando and Pasco counties selling fresh fruit and vegetables for more than 11 years and have become an important part of local communities.

Cole has been in the business of selling produce all his life.

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Technology

Fact Check Labels

One of the new additions to the search aggregator Google News, Bing News, and others is a new fact check label. They are using a select group of news sites and including their articles marked as fact checks.

Fact checking can be very subjective, since often the statements are not purely measurable. To determine true or false, there is interpretation that is required to arrive at something that is measurable. This interpretation of the statement and distilling it down into something that can be verified is an area where these fact checkers fail.

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Upcoming Meetings in Local Government and Education

Brooksville Council
Executive Session; Nov 06, 6PM
Location City Hall

Brooksville Council
Meeting; Monday, Nov 06, 2017, 7:00PM
Location City Hall

Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting
11/7/2017 9:00 AM
Government Center
John Law Ayers Room 20 N. Main Street Brooksville, FL 34601

ELECTION DAY Nov. 7, 2017

School Board Meetings
11/7/17
Informal 11AM
Workshop 2PM
Regular 6PM
District Office-Board Room
919 North Broad Street Brooksville, FL 34601

Brooksville Planning & Zoning Commission; Wed, Nov 08, 2017, 5:30PM
Location City Hall

Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission Regular Meeting
11/13/2017 9:00 AM
Government Center
John Law Ayers Room 20 N. Main Street Brooksville, FL 34601

Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting
11/14/2017 9:00 AM
Government Center
John Law Ayers Room 20 N. Main Street Brooksville, FL 34601

School Board
Organizational and Regular Board Meeting
11/14/2017 2:00 PM
District Office-Board Room
919 North Broad Street Brooksville, FL 34601

(Meeting Cancelled) - School Board Organizational and Regular Board Meeting
11/21/2017 2:00 PM Rescheduled for 11/14/2017 2:00 PM
District Office-Board Room
919 North Broad Street Brooksville, FL 34601

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Dining Out

Popular brunch spot opens in Brooksville

By HERNANDO SUN STAFF

First Watch, the popular Sarasota-based breakfast, brunch and lunch concept,opened its newest restaurant on Monday, Oct. 9, in Brooksville. It is located  at 12314 Cortez Blvd. in the new Cortez West shopping center, and will employ about 25 people.

Customers at First Watch in Brooksville will be able to sample the eatery’s innovative menu, including popular dishes like Quinoa Power Bowls, Avocado Toast, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and options from the Fresh Juice Bar, which are juiced in-house daily using high quality fruits and vegetables.