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Internet-cable companies needed in Hernando to compete with Spectrum

January 23, 2018 - 04:52
The FCC Fixed Broadband Map shows where fixed residential broadband services of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is deployed and where it is not deployed. The graph on the right side shows the fraction of population with or without access to such broadband.

At the Jan. 9, 2018 Hernando County Commission meeting Chairman Steve Champion challenged staff to seek out other companies to compete with Spectrum’s cable/internet services in Hernando. He was responding to complaints on social media from people who were under the impress that the Commission had granted Spectrum (formerly Brighthouse) a monopoly.

Struttin’ their stuff

January 20, 2018 - 09:53

Photos by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Over a period of fourteen days, dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds “strutted their stuff” at Florida Classic Park in Brooksville. The event was the Florida Gulf Coast Cluster All Breed Dog Show. Owners, handlers and judges came from all over the United States, as well as Canada and other parts of the world.

Law enforcement collaboration leads to arrest of triple murder suspect from Spring Hill

January 17, 2018 - 20:29
 Christopher Cruz Olivo of Spring Hill, FL, a suspect in a triple homicide in Louisville, Kentucky

Collaboration of local and out of state law enforcement agencies on Friday Jan. 12, 2018 led to the arrest of 46-year-old Christopher Cruz Olivo of Spring Hill, FL, a suspect in a triple homicide in Louisville, Kentucky. The Louisville Metro PD say the murders took place sometime Thursday evening Jan. 11, 2018. Olivo is listed as residing on Jason Rd. in Spring Hill.

Review of the Brooksville Police Pension Plan

January 15, 2018 - 23:24

Patrick Donlan with Foster and Foster, the actuary for the city of Brooksville police pension plan, presented a summary of the police department’s pension fund to the city council on Jan. 8, 2017.

He explained that that back in 1996, everyone was in the Florida Retirement system and then the state allowed cities/ municipalities to opt out of the Florida Retirement system. New employees went to the locally controlled retirement system and existing employees would stay in the Florida Retirement system if the municipality decided to maintain a local pension plan.

P and Z Commission recommends reducing some regulations in proposed RV ordinance

January 15, 2018 - 23:21

On Monday Jan. 8, 2018, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended lightening up some aspects of a proposed RV ordinance that contains some pretty heavy regulatory language. RVs and travel trailers descend on the entire state of Florida during the winter months, so placing strong limitations on them may not be in the best interest of the county branded the “Adventure Coast” from a tourism perspective.

Deputies avert shoot-outs, arrest 2 in separate barricade incidents

January 15, 2018 - 23:13

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office recently defused two domestic violence cases in two separate incidents in Brooksville.

On Jan. 6, two HCSO deputies responded to a victim's call for police at 6223 California St. about 4 pm and confronted the subject, John Digangi outside the residence. According to Lieutenant John Cameron, the deputies retreated after they saw Mr. Digangi pull a what appeared to be a firearm, “putting them in fear that there was going to be an exchange of gunfire.”

And They’re Off! 2018 Coyote Hare Scrambles

January 15, 2018 - 23:09

Photography by CHERYL CLANTON

Weekend fun for the whole family. Off-road motorcycles and ATV quads took to the tracks off Mondon Hill in Brooksville on Jan. 6, 2018.

“The Coyote Hare Scrambles have been going on for years at this location; it's one of the best tracks,” said Rob Swann with the Nature Coast Trail Blazers. “It challenges the riders with hills, turns, just about everything a rider will encounter is on this track.”

One dead after Port Richey casino shuttle boat fire

January 15, 2018 - 12:07

Hernando Sun Staff

In this photo provided by Pasco County flames engulf a boat Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in the Tampa Bay area. The boat ferrying patrons to a casino ship off the Florida Gulf Coast caught fire near shore Sunday afternoon, and dozens of passengers and crew safely made it to land, authorities said. (Tambrey Laine/Pasco County via AP)

On Sundays, the Tropical Breeze Casino has three shuttle boat departure times to a casino ship about 45 minutes offshore of Port Richey, FL in international waters. The 3:30PM departure ended in disaster this past Sunday Jan. 14, 2018, as a fire quickly engulfed it around 4PM, sending passengers jumping overboard into the shallow Gulf on the chilly winter day. Luckily the shuttle boat was only 100 yards offshore and the passengers were able to wade to nearby homes for help.

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