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THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, February 7, 2017......... An appeals court sounded skeptical Tuesday of a Leon County judge's ruling that the state and the Hernando County School Board erred in their approach to students who "opted out" of a state standardized test.

During arguments, at least two members of a three judge-panel at the 1st District Court of Appeal seemed to disagree, at times sharply, with Circuit Judge Karen Gievers' decision to order Hernando County to offer an alternative route for students to qualify for the fourth grade.

BOCC tackles Hernando County Fire Rescue funding problems


At the Fire Rescue MSBU (Municipal Service Benefit Unit) workshop on Jan. 24th, Chief Scott Hechler presented information to the board on the department, its recent insurance audit rating, the department's dire funding issues, the risk of eliminating staff and some of the ways the department is working to save money.

Chief Hechler began by explaining that the fire department responds to all hazards. They are prepared for all emergency incidents, which are very resource intensive.

Sheriff Nienhuis objects to county’s sanctuary status

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, Hernando is one of the 7 out of 67 counties in Florida that are sanctuary counties. The Center for Immigration Studies defines a sanctuary county as one that refuses requests from the federal government to detain individuals for possible deportation from the country. There are other jurisdictions that go even further and will not even allow the Federal government into their jails or support them in any way.

BB gun assault at Pioneer Park

Two adult males battered and assaulted, with a bb gun, an adult female at Pioneer Park on Friday, January 13.

According to the police report, the victim, Dominique D. told authorities that she was battered by the two suspects Ryan Treger and Brandon Mashburn. Dominique told the responding officer that she and Treger got into a verbal altercation that led to Treger striking her and pushing her; the police report also stated that she had markings on her face and body, as well as blood from her nose accurate to her statement.


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