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New precision cancer fighting technology unveiled

From left to right:  Dr. Sawsan Bishay, MD Florida Cancer Specialists, Dr. Vikas Malhotra, MD Florida Cancer Specialists and Dr. Niloufer Kero, MD Suncoast OB/GYN stand in front of the new linear accelerator at the Florida Cancer Specialists facility in Spring Hill.

The future of cancer treatment has arrived. Varian, the world’s leader in producing radiation oncology equipment, has manufactured a new linear accelerator called the “VitalBeam” and Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, located at 7154 Medical Center Dr. Spring Hill 34608, is the first in the area to obtain this impressive new technology. On Thursday, August 17, 2017, they held an Open House to introduce our community to the Varian VitalBeam Linear Accelerator.

Bayfront Baby Place renovations complete

In attendance at the Baby Place renovation celebration;  From left to right: Jillian McClare, WEHR, Joe Hall Bayfront Director of Plant Operations and Scott Thompson, Superintendent of WEHR

Bayfront Health Spring Hill recently completed $3 million renovation covering 23,000 square feet on their campus at 10461 Quality Dr. It was a four phase project which began in December of 2016. The first floor labor and delivery unit was renovated along with the 2nd floor Maternal Child Unit (MCU). In the OB department, the revamp included new flooring, lighting, new casework, added aesthetics and flat screen televisions in the maternity rooms. Newly purchased equipment includes maternal-fetal monitors. There is a new nursing area as well.

Lightning Strike Causes Fire While Family is Home


(Brooksville, FL) at 2:04pm on Friday, Sep. 1 Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR) responded to a residential structure fire at 13379 Potomac Ave. in Weeki Wachee. Initial reports that the fire was in the garage and kitchen of the home. Upon arrival fire crews found the garage to be fully involved in fire. The occupants of the homeadvised that all persons had evacuated the residence. They did advise that the family dog was not accounted for. Firefighters began a coordinated fire attack and primary search of the structure.

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.

Law enforcement take precautions to protect Confederate statue, ensure peaceful protest

Photography by CHERYL CLANTON

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017- In front of the Hernando County Courthouse

On Friday August 18, 2017, the Hernando County Sheriff and Brooksville Police Department prepared for what would hopefully be a peaceful protest. The object of this protest was protection of the 100-year-old Confederate soldier statue at the southeast corner of the courthouse. The monument which has stood since 1916 was commissioned by the Brooksville Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Would the statue be standing after the protest? Would it be peaceful?

Providence Blvd project waiting on Peck Sink watershed study

Aerial showing Providence Blvd penciled in running adjacent to Cortez, acting as a frontage road; from Amended Agenda-August 21, 2017 Council Agenda Packet

Cliff Manuel, Coastal Engineering, spoke to the Brooksville city council on the Providence Blvd project which would create a frontage road for businesses and properties along Cortez Blvd including Suncoast Credit Union, Tractor Supply, Sims Furniture and the Post Office.

There is property acquisition involved in the project so it has not moved forward for a number of years. Mr. Manuel explained that the project would encourage commercial infill in that area.

BOCC loosens restrictions on All Terrain Vehicle use on unpaved county roads

The Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance on Aug. 22, 2017 allowing All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) to “be operated upon any unpaved roadways in Hernando County where the posted speed limit is less than 35 miles per hour,” thus opting out of the state’s statute restricting ATVs from county roads. ATV operation is restricted to daytime hours.


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