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Library Time Limited by Lack of Media Specialist

May 07, 2016 - 12:40

The public school system within Hernando County has been struggling with funding despite the implementation of a half cent sales tax this year. Karen Jordan, Public Information Officer with the school district explains, "essentially, the state has reduced funding, other funding sources have not rebounded from the recession and enrollment has not increased significantly across the district."

Troubleshooting Hernando County Government Broadcasting

May 07, 2016 - 10:27

Hernando Sun Staff

Video down Saturday April 26, 2016

Hernando County Government Broadcasting has been facing difficulties keeping county meetings available online for public viewing. Often videos go down over the weekend which is problematic because there is no one available to troubleshoot the issue. Citizens who work during the week and wish to view the videos over the weekend are out of luck until the problem can be fixed on Monday. The problem has been ongoing for months.

City to Improve Notification Procedures for Commercial Exterior Grant Program

April 27, 2016 - 09:14

Hernando Sun Staff

Bill Geiger acting as the Executive Director of Brooksville's Community Redevelopment Agency explained that in June of 2009, a commercial exterior grant program was approved to primarily enhance aesthetics of the redevelopment area.

"It has been a successful program. We've had over 20 property owners take advantage of it to date," said Geiger.

Connecting to the Coast to Coast Connector

April 20, 2016 - 15:45
Coast to Coast Connector Map, FDOT

An initiative by Governor Rick Scott, the Coast to Coast Connector will potentially be a 275 mile paved trail for use by cyclists, skaters and pedestrians, extending from the Gulf of Mexico (St. Petersburg) to the Atlantic Ocean (Titusville). Fourteen existing trails form the Coast to Coast Connector. To be complete, the trail still requires 70 miles of connecting trails that will join seven existing gaps.

Arrest Made In Home Invasion Robbery

April 20, 2016 - 11:34

Hernando County Sheriff's Office

Carl Harris

On 04-13-2016 at approximately 6 a.m., Hernando County deputies were dispatched to a Home Invasion Robbery at 4456 Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill.

The victim, David Acebey, advised deputies that shortly after his girlfriend left for work he was awakened with a flashlight and a gun being pointied at his head. He immediately identified the suspect as a former roommate, Carl Harris, as Harris did not have his face concealed.

Detectives Quickly ID and Capture Carjacking Suspect

April 01, 2016 - 15:23

HCSO

20 year old John Henry Summerall

On 03-30-16, the victim, 87-year-old Lynne Tresness, was walking back to his residence from his shed when he observed a white male in his yard near his back door. The male said that his mother's car had broken down in the Croom Forest and asked Tresness for a ride. The male also asked Tresness for a drink of water.

Tresness took the male inside for a glass of water then the two left Tresness' residence on Thackeray Street in Nobleton to head to the Croom Forest. Tresness was driving his 2003 gold Buick LeSabre; the male, who never provided a name, rode in the passenger seat.

Proposed Use of ESL Funds for Hunters Lake Clean Up

March 29, 2016 - 16:49

Hunters Lake is a 302 acre lake in Spring Hill. The lake is experiencing encroachment by invasive plants including "tussock" (grass-like plants) and build up of organic material or "muck." The result has been a loss of public access into the lake and decreased health of the lake in general due to low oxygen levels.

Rezoning Proposal Approved for Ridge Manor Oaks and Country Club

March 23, 2016 - 20:02
Ridge Manor Oaks and Country Club Rezoning

The Hernando Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted 3-2 on March 8 to approve a request (H1510) for Master Plan Revision and rezoning submitted by Just So You Know, LLC. The Hernando County Planning and Zoning commission voted 5-0 to recommend denial of the motion.

The President of Just So You Know, LLC, Bob Carson, purchased the bankrupt golf course at Ridge Manor Oaks and Country Club in 2009,and restored it to a playable course. Carson testified before the BOCC that the plans for the park were purely for the sake of profitability and keeping the golf course viable.

Dukes Proposes ESL Funds to Remove Invasive Plants in Hernando Beach

March 18, 2016 - 09:17

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Hernando Beach, invasive plants

Commissioner Wayne Dukes shared photos with the Board of County Commissioners of lead trees and other invasive plants along canals and marshland in Hernando Beach. The trees are all on county property, growing along the right of way and obscuring the water. Commissioner Dukes stated that property owners usually keep their yards mowed, preventing the trees from taking hold.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis Proposes Percentage Based Budget

March 17, 2016 - 20:53
Sheriff Al Nienhuis

Many may recall that determining the Sheriff's office budget for the current fiscal year was not a smooth process. The county discussed implementing a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for the Sheriff's office on two occasions which would give the office its own line item on the tax bill. The Sheriff has been in opposition to this move, stating it puts all of the burden on those who pay property taxes.

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