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Help plan the future of Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

June 27, 2016 - 14:36

From Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

Photograph by Alice Mary Herden

A 10-year plan for the management of Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area will be presented at a public hearing in Hernando County on Tuesday, June 28. People are invited to the 7 p.m. hearing at The Lake House, a Hernando County Parks & Recreation facility, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

Tropical Storm Colin Impact

June 27, 2016 - 14:19

Whenever there is a local emergency declared, such as from a severe weather event, the county’s Emergency Management Director is required by municipal code to give a report to the BOCC at their next meeting. Cecilia Patella, Hernando County Emergency Management Director, described the “minimal impact” from Tropical Storm Colin as compared to the potential effects that were expected. Some of the earlier forecast tracks predicted landfall along the Adventure Coast, with anticipated wind speeds of up to 50 mph and a storm surge of four feet.

County donates property to National Association of Mental Illness

June 27, 2016 - 13:17

SPRINGHILL- Next to the Health Department building on Forest Oaks Boulevard is an empty lot that used to be a wastewater treatment facility. The facility has been torn down and part of the land is in use as a parking lot for the Health Department.

Hernando Property Management attorney Paul Molle’ explained that the local chapter of National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) has contacted the County with an offer to buy the property for $8,000. Molle’ admitted that amount is lower than the value of the property, but a portion has already been converted to a parking lot.

Evaluations of Hernando County School District Superintendent Dr. Lori Romano

June 27, 2016 - 12:45

The board members completed evaluation forms to “grade” Superintendent Dr. Lori Romano’s performance over the past year and each was given the opportunity to meet privately with Dr. Romano before the public board meeting. The highest rating in each of the nine categories is “outstanding” performance, for which Romano could receive three points. A rating of “proficient” awards two points, and “needs improvement” earns one point.

Thousands of Dollars in Stolen Electricity Leads to Three Search Warrants

June 23, 2016 - 15:49


JUNE 22- Thousands of dollars in stolen electricity kept Hernando County Vice and Narcotics detectives busy with three separate search warrants over a 13 day period.

Working closely with representatives from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC), detectives identified that in each case, power was being diverted (stolen), resulting in the execution of the search warrants.

The first search warrant was executed at 18303 Macek Road in Brooksville (Royal Highlands) on 06-08-16 at 9:30 a.m.

K-9, Aviation Units Aid in Capturing Fleeing DUI Suspect

June 22, 2016 - 19:56


On 6-21-16 at 9:55 p.m., the Hernando County Sheriff Office Aviation and K-9 Units responded to the area of U.S. 41, in Masaryktown, to assist the Florida Highway Patrol with a driver who failed to pull over for a traffic stop.
The pursuit originated along Emerson Road where the driver, later identified as Justin Byrd W/M DOB/8-14-92, attempted to elude Troopers by traveling along U.S. 41 and Powell Road and eventually reaching Ayers Road.

Oak Hill Maternity Suites to deliver family centered care

June 20, 2016 - 23:07

Hernando County expectant mothers and fathers now have an additional local option to choose from when deciding where to bring their baby into the world. Located on the 3rd floor of the North Tower at Oak Hill, there are six Labor and Delivery Suites, ten Postpartum Recovery Suites, two Antepartum Labor Suites, and a Cesarean Surgical Suite located in Labor and Delivery in the event a surgical delivery is necessary.

Oak Hill Hospital Announces its 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award Winner

June 19, 2016 - 20:55

Oak Hill Hospital is particularly pleased to announce that Richard Linkul, Marketing Director, is this year’s recipient of the Frist Humanitarian Award. The Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer services. Named in honor of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., founder of HCA and renowned humanitarian, this award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and care giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.

Hernando County Education Foundation Receives AT&T Grant

June 19, 2016 - 12:51

Students at Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology will benefit from a statewide investment by AT&T this year, once that seeks to increase understanding of how classroom curriculum translates into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.

To provide a critical link from classroom to careers, AT&T is once again partnering with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) to provide experiential learning opportunities for students in school districts across Florida.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office proposed FY 2016-2017 budget

June 19, 2016 - 12:32

The Sheriff has proposed a 3.99% budget increase for fiscal year 2016-2017. Earlier this year, Sheriff Al Nienhuis proposed using a percentage based budget structure which has not been approved.

Nienhuis identified the following needs, which the increase would support:

" An additional Major Case Detective to assist in monitoring sex offenders and predators and the investigation and arrest of violators;

" An additional K-9 Deputy to provide more shift and area coverage of this important tool that helps apprehend criminals and locate those in jeopardy;


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