Lisa MacNeil

Natalie Kahler to challenge Jeff Holcomb for District 4 seat

October 24, 2017 - 21:39
 Natalie Kahler is currently a  Brooksville City Council Member

On Monday, October 16th, Brooksville City Council Member Natalie Kahler announced her candidacy for Hernando County Commissioner - District 4. Introduced by Commissioner Wayne Dukes, who “wholeheartedly endorses” Kahler, she addressed a crowd from the front walk of the historic courthouse.

Brooksville City Council selects city manager

October 11, 2017 - 07:43

On September 28th, the Brooksville City Council met with each of three candidates for the city manager position which included Bill Ed Cannon- Wildwood City Manager, Mark A. Kutney and William R. Whitson formerly Hapeville, GA city manager. Each council member then in turn conducted an individual interview with each candidate. Ultimately, Mark Kutney, formerly of Palm Beach was chosen for the position. Kutney is the former town manager of Loxahatchee Groves, FL (2011 - 2014).

Shooting at Spring Haven Apartments

October 06, 2017 - 13:57
Spring Haven Apartments

Shortly after 9:30 PM on Thursday, October 5th, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) responded to a shooting at the Spring Haven Apartments located on the West side of Mariner Boulevard, just North of County Line Road. The shooting occurred in a public area, between the clubhouse and pool. The victim, described as a female in her late teens, was struck in the face by the bullet. She is reported to be in stable condition and is expected to survive.

Higgenbotham Auctioneers approved to provide realtor and marketing agent services to county

October 04, 2017 - 08:05

During the regular Aug. 8, 2017, meeting the Board of County Commissioners voted 5-0 to revise existing ordinances pertaining to the lease or sale of county-owned property, which allows for the county to employ a real estate or other agency in order to sell or lease county property.

County to remove storm debris on private property; may be funded from reserves

October 04, 2017 - 08:01

At the Sept. 26, 2017 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, Chairman Wayne Dukes moved the agenda item regarding storm debris to the first topic of discussion. Mr. Dukes explained the reason for the agenda modification was to save time, and to “get this thing moving right now.”

Few law firms answer to represent Brooksville

September 27, 2017 - 08:58

The Brooksville City Council was disappointed in the number of law firms responding to a recent Request for Proposal (RFP). Earlier this year, Brooksville’s existing legal representation, The Hogan Law Firm, announced their intent to resign.

Mayor Robert Battista began the discussion, updating the council and public that a total of three firms responded, but only one met all of the RFP requirements. It is up to the discretion of the City Council to waive the requirements.

Stranded manatee rescued near Pine Island

September 26, 2017 - 10:27
Shamrock the manatee rescued near Pine Island photo by Deb Brown

Four days after Hurricane Irma caused floods and power outages, The Hernando Sun spoke to Andy Garrett, Manatee Rescue Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

On St. Patrick’s Day, last year, a female manatee with a watercraft injury and her two-year old calf were rescued in Tarpon Springs. Both were taken to Lowry Park Zoo, so the injured mom could be treated for her injuries. After her recovery, both were microchipped, then Shamrock and her calf, Emerald were released together into the open water.

County plans for 7% general fund budget increase and 1% millage rate decrease

September 25, 2017 - 09:01

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 fund portion of the budget was $103,585,994.

“We didn’t have to cut anyone’s budget,” Ms. Lee said as she showed the figures of the $111,192,906 general fund budget. This amount is roughly 7% greater than FY2017 budget.

The budget includes:

• A 1/10 millage rate reduction: $793,016

County plans for 7% general fund budget increase and 1% millage rate decrease

September 21, 2017 - 11:54

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 fund portion of the budget was $103,585,994.

“We didn’t have to cut anyone’s budget,” Ms. Lee said as she showed the figures of the $111,192,906 general fund budget. This amount is roughly 7% greater than FY2017 budget.

The budget includes:

Hazel Land’s years of legal service and activism

September 17, 2017 - 10:01
Hazel Land- photo courtesy of Ms. Land

Eighty-five year old Hazel Land has seen a lot of changes. Hazel was born and raised in Brooksville, grew up in the Jim Crow era and attended a segregated high school. The youngest of three girls, Hazel recounts her large family structure, noting that her grandmother had 15 children, which included a set of triplets.

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