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The Homeschool Option in Hernando County

Have you ever thought about homeschooling your kids but had no idea where to start? Long gone are the days of parents spending countless hours with books and workbooks going through page after page. In today’s technically advanced time homeschool can open an entire world you didn’t know your kids needed. Sure homeschooling isn’t for everyone and lots of people and kids love what they get in the local public or private school, but it you have wondered about this third option, it offers many different varieties.

Boating in Florida makes their case for Rogers Park concession license

Parks and Recreation Manager Harry Johnson opened the discussion at the August 22, 2017 Board of County Commissioners meeting by introducing Guest Services Management, LLC. Doing business as Boating in Florida, Michael Aghajanian and Matt Smith appeared before the board to discuss their business model and plans for improvements to kayak-renting practices on the Weeki Wachee River. On Aug. 22 the company sought Board approval for a “concession license agreement” to operate at Rogers Park.

BKV to start taxiway repairs, gains tenants

At the August 22, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, Airport Manager Kevin Daugherty brought three items of airport business before the board for approval. The first being the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant offer for the repairs of Taxiway B at the Brooksville Tampa Regional Airport (BKV) this fall. The grant of $1,382,517 will cover 90% of the project. Design and permitting phases have already been completed, and the repairs are estimated to take place over 130 days sometime this fall. The approval of the grant offer passed unanimously.

One tenth of a mill reduction may come from county’s share of Federal Inmate Housing dollars

“I am proposing a tenth of a mill rollback of the property tax rates to be shared evenly between the General Fund and the Sheriff’s Department,” said Chairman Wayne Dukes at the Aug. 22, 2017 regularly scheduled County Commission meeting.

He said this would be just under $800,000.

Dukes cited the Sheriff’s Office return of funds during the past three years: $1.3 million, $1.3 million and $800,000. “So if we do that, he won’t have to turn back so much,” said Dukes.

Commissioners disagree on five year Federal Inmate program capital plan

On July 11, 2017 the Board of County Commissioners instructed Sheriff Nienhuis to transfer revenues from the Federal Inmate Housing program to the county, due to concern over state statutes mandating the monthly remittance of earned revenues. The Sheriff’s Office followed through with this request on July 14, 2017, transferring $2.2 million in Federal Inmate Housing program revenues to the county’s General Fund.

Hernando County prepares for Hurricane Irma

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(Brooksville, FL) Sept 5, 2017- Hernando County Emergency Management continues to monitor Hurricane Irma. Government leaders are assessing current and forecasted conditions to determine the need for additional emergency protective measures. PROCLAMATION NO. 2017-01, Declaration of State of Local Emergency, has been enacted by the Hernando County Executive Policy Group. This will enable Hernando County to make effective preparation in discharging emergency responsibilities for the management of several conditions of possible disaster and promote rapid recovery from the effects thereof.

Deputies and their K-9 partners take to the springs

Photography by CHERYL CLANTON cheryl@hernandosun.com

The Annual Law Enforcement K-9 Water Training event took place at Weeki Wachee Springs, Buccaneer Bay on Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017.

After the park closes, here they come. Sheriff’s Deputies with their K-9 partners arrive at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park/ Buccaneer Bay to have some fun and gain critical skills on Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. Law enforcement teams from Hernando as well as surrounding counties participate each year. On Tuesday, 20 to 25 handlers and their K-9 partners participated in the training exercises.

Local groups partner to address opioid problem

From Left to Right: Steve Snider, Barbara Sweinberg, Tresa Watson, Dr. Linda  Lepik, Adam Shehub, Danish Hasan; Photo provided

There has been a lot of focus recently on the growing “opioid epidemic” in the United States – from politicians talking about how best to solve this serious problem to television networks featuring programs about this important health and social issue.

As the name implies, opioids are drugs derived from opium. They act on the nervous system to relieve pain, but continued use and abuse can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Most such as OxyContin, Oxycodone, Percodan and Tylenol with Codeine are legal, with a prescription. Some, like heroin are illegal.

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