News Brief

HERNANDO COUNTY SCHOOLS - HURRICANE IRMA MAKE UP DAYS

Brooksville - In order to determine whether schools in Hernando County will need to makeup the days missed due to Hurricane Irma, district leaders have reviewed each school's master calendar ensuring that there are sufficient instructional minutes remaining in the school year to meet state requirements.

With the exception of one school, all others have sufficient time built-in to their schedules to offset the lost days. District leaders are working closely with that school administration to make necessary adjustments to their schedule.

NJROTC Cadets lend a hand in Irma prep

In front and center there are cadets Hallett, Torres, and Shreiber.  Hallett was shoveling, Torres was assisting and Shreiber tied up the bags.

In preparation of hurricane Irma, Central’s NJROTC cadets jumped at the opportunity to help the community. With only one day notice, the cadet in charge, Alexa Fiore, collected a group of twenty to volunteer. The event was held at the fire rescue stations 1 and 2, where the cadets spent their time filling sandbags for those living in low lying areas and assisting in carrying the bags to the vehicles. Several hundred of sandbags were distributed in the course of three days prior to the expected storm.

Central's Navy Junior ROTC Cadet Leadership Training

by CECILIA PANNONE

For 16 consecutive years, Central’s NJROTC cadets have been dragged from their comfort zones and thrown into the trenches. For a weekend, full of leadership training with the opportunity to develop each other’s strengths, abilities, and reasoning skills. One of several purposes of this Mini Boot Camp was to learn the position skills necessary for platoon commander, guide, and squad leaders. In order to correctly demonstrate to their subordinates back in the unit. The other developed skills dealt with team problem solving and collaboration, rather than individual workings.

Police-Involved Shooting Trillium Boulevard

HCSO

On 09-27-17 at approximately 4:50 p.m., Hernando County detectives along with members of the US Marshal's Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force were attempting to serve an arrest warrant in the Trillium subdivision.

The warrant listed several counts of Sexual Battery on a Child.

The suspect was located driving on Trillium Boulevard.

Law enforcement officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop and execute the arrest warrant. During this time, gunfire was exchanged between law enforcement officers and the suspect.

The suspect is deceased on scene.

County Disaster Assistance Center opens to help residents register with FEMA

Hernando Co. Gov.

(Brooksville, FL) Hernando County will open a "County Disaster Assistance Center" (CDAC) starting Tuesday, September 26, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and remain open daily through Friday, September 29, 2017. The Center will be staffed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel and will be located at The Mining Association Enrichment Center at 800 John Gary Grubbs Boulevard in Brooksville. No appointment needed.

Fee increase for Pine Island Park

Parks and Recreation Director Harry Johnson appeared before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) seeking modification of the parking fee structure at Pine Island Park.

The board voted unanimously to increase parking fees at Pine Island park from $3.00 to $5.00 during winter months, resulting in the same fee year-round. Fees will not be collected after 4:30PM, leaving 3.5 hours of free parking during summer months, and an extra hour during the winter.

Safe Route to School sidewalk projects scheduled for FY 2022

The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a board of combined Hernando and Citrus County elected officials. The federal government mandates that a local planning board helps in overseeing that transportation projects are designed and completed.

On Aug. 15, 2017, the MPO received an update on upcoming Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) projects in the Citrus and Hernando County area. The first project, set for Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) fiscal year (FY) 2019 will be in Crystal River, on Turkey Oak Drive, for a sidewalk leading to Crystal River High School.

Loan reduction for airport water reclamation facility expansion

Hernando County received approval for a $50,255,000 construction loan from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in State Revolving Funding (SRF) for the expansion of the Airport Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) and associated projects. The disbursed amount for the loan has now been reduced to $35,408,299.

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