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President Emeritus Katherine M. Johnson receives 2017 Wattenbarger Award

December 02, 2017 - 00:51

by HERNANDO SUN STAFF

Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) President Emerita Katherine M. Johnson, Ed.D., was recently honored with the Dr. James L. Wattenbarger Award by the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) Council of Presidents. The AFC Council of Presidents select a recipient annually who has advocated for affordable, convenient open access to higher education and who has made significant contributions to Florida’s higher education system. The award is named for James L. Wattenbarger, renowned as the architect of Florida’s internationally recognized community college system.

City of Brooksville against CRA bills that increase 'unnecessary regulatory oversight'

December 01, 2017 - 11:03

House and Senate bills dealing with Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) are currently working their way through committees in the Florida Legislature. CRAs are used by government entities to provide public monies as an incentive to encourage private investment in areas. In Brooksville these monies are provided to local business to encourage them to undertake renovations the the exterior of their buildings.

County plans to purchase generators for traffic signals

December 01, 2017 - 10:58

Hernando County plans to purchase 25 generators (for $896 apiece) in order to maintain the functionality of traffic signals during prolonged power outages. The county states, “Due to vast power outage caused by Hurricane Irma, the Department of Public Works (DPW) Traffic division was unable to maintain functionality of many traffic signals throughout much of Hernando County. There are currently 85 operational traffic signals in Hernando County, with an additional two signals going into service later this fiscal year (Mariner/W Landover and US19/Toucan).

Hernando Beach Shallow Reef Project

December 01, 2017 - 01:06

The Hernando County Port Authority in cooperation with the Aquatics Services Department deployed more reef balls off the shore of Hernando Beach last Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.

The reef locations are only seven miles offshore, in fairly clear water. Due to the close proximity to shore, and the Weeki Wachee and Hernando Beach boat ramps, the reefs are anticipated to provide an immediate benefit to anglers, as well as recreational and educational benefits to divers and students.

Council talks Quarry Golf lawsuit in closed session

November 30, 2017 - 01:53
Scenes from the now defunct Quarry Golf course in Brooksville.

In its 21 years, no one ever accused Quarry Golf Course of being an Augusta play-alike. Unfortunately the Masters never came calling to consider a change in venue from Georgia to Brooksville.

Now defunct since a late 2014 squabble between the operator and the city, the ignominy of going to the dogs, and/or to the discs, may be the final step for this once-entertaining golf course in the rolling hills and woods of Hernando County.

Niger Innis, Richard Corcoran keynote speakers at Reagan Day Dinner

November 30, 2017 - 01:39
Niger Innis speaks at the Annual Reagan Day Dinner, Hernando County Republican Committee

The 9th Annual Reagan Day dinner took place on Nov. 17 at the Silverthorn Country Club in Brooksville, Florida.  Reagan Day celebrations are fundraising events for the Republican party on local and state levels, and Friday’s speakers set the tone of diversity, with unified philosophy within the party.  

Christmas for Hernando County children in need

November 28, 2017 - 22:17
Blaise Ingoglia with wife Julie (left) and Legislative Asst. Ashley Hofecker at the Christmas for a Cause event.

On Tuesday November 28, 2017 at Rising Sun Market & Bistro in downtown Brooksville, State Representative Blaise Ingoglia for the fifth year running held Christmas for the Cause fundraiser to provide Christmas gifts for Hernando County children in need.

Rep. Ingoglia says this often, “It is as important to be a community leader as it is to be a legislative leader or political leader. We always say for everyone to get involved in your community, it's not rhetoric we actually get involved.”

City vote on MSTU expected at Nov. 27 special meeting

November 27, 2017 - 11:11

The much-debated and much-discussed Law Enforcement MSTU (Municipal Services Taxing Unit) concept continues to have life and could still make it to the Hernando County Commission. Several hurdles remain in the proposal's path. One is that it first must be placed on the BOCC (Board of County Commissioners) agenda for an up or down vote. Another is the stiff opposition from the Hernando County Sheriff. And a third, which will be settled Nov. 27, is a letter of request to the BOCC for the MSTU from the Brooksville City Council.

Accused sex offender commits suicide

November 27, 2017 - 01:39

by HERNANDO SUN STAFF

Bruce McAllister, who was facing multiple sex offense charges has committed suicide. He was the husband of former Hernando Christian Academy Principal Kathy McAllister.

Bruce McAllister was accused of molesting several young boys in the school sponsored foreign exchange program - who were staying with the couple at their home in Southern Hills.

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