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County to rely on state for regulating medical marijuana facilities

November 16, 2017 - 10:11

The second and final public hearing was held at the Nov. 7, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting regarding the repealment of an earlier ordinance (2016-05) which allowed for county control of medical marijuana growing and dispensing facilities. New legislation by the state preempts counties and municipalities from regulating the facilities.

Agenda item on county's 2018-19 appropriation requests leads to discussion on Withlacoochee flooding fix

November 15, 2017 - 00:16
Cyril Dr in Ridge Manor after Hurricane Irma

Len Sossamon introduced the appropriation Requests for 2018-19 State Legislature at the regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on October 24th.
State Representative Blaise Ingoglia asked the board to add two projects to the existing requests, due to his ability to secure funding for renovations to two existing firehouses. The money cannot be used to buy new apparatus or equipment, and cannot be used to build new stations.

Commissioners will seek 50 year lease from state for Chinsegut Hill

November 15, 2017 - 00:05
Chinsegut Manor House during the Music on the Porch event in October

At the Nov. 7, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Meeting, Chinsegut Hill leaders Lisa Callea, President of Friends of Chinsegut, Inc. and Natalie Kahler, Manager of the Chinsegut Hill Retreat and Museum sought a five year renewal of their license.

Spring Hill ex-parachuter receives honor award

November 14, 2017 - 00:40
Mel Greene with his Medal of Honor

A Spring Hill man was recently honored as the 2017 82nd Airborne-All American Medal of Honor Award Winner.

Mel Greene, a resident of Hernando County since 1992, was "shocked" when notified of the award at the 82nd Army Airborne Association Convention this past August in Orlando. Greene's honor included leading a parade of approximately 300 troops and Veterans through Disney World down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Later that night, Greene addressed the convention, attended by more than 700 people, where he received the special medallion and official honor award.

Prep your shoeboxes now for Operation Christmas Child collection week

November 10, 2017 - 01:43

“It’s a great honor to be part of this wonderful ministry,” says Barb Stanley of Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Barb and her husband Dave are local team leaders for the annual shoebox collections for Operation Christmas Child.

Chances are, you are familiar with the shoebox project, but for those who are not, each year churches, schools, families and individuals all over the world donate shoeboxes containing gift items to be delivered to children living in dire poverty worldwide.

1st public hearing: County will not ban medical marijuana facilities, state to regulate

November 09, 2017 - 01:28

At the Oct. 24, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the first public hearing was held to repeal a local ordinance governing the licensing and location of medical marijuana facilities. The ordinance that was passed in May 2016 is preempted by a new statute passed last June (2017). Ultimately, future medical marijuana facilities will be regulated by the state regarding licensing, use and location. The statute also includes a clause for cities or counties to ban dispensaries.

Storm debris pickup update from the county

November 09, 2017 - 01:18

(Brooksville, FL) Grubbs Emergency Services and Tag Grinding continue to collect storm debris throughout Hernando County. The contractors currently have 24 trucks in operation and have significantly increased their rate of collection. Nearly 50,000 cubic yards of debris have been collected with approximately 20 percent being picked up this past week. The first pass is expected to be completed within three weeks; a second pass will follow.

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