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Deputies avert shoot-outs, arrest 2 in separate barricade incidents

January 15, 2018 - 23:13

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office recently defused two domestic violence cases in two separate incidents in Brooksville.

On Jan. 6, two HCSO deputies responded to a victim's call for police at 6223 California St. about 4 pm and confronted the subject, John Digangi outside the residence. According to Lieutenant John Cameron, the deputies retreated after they saw Mr. Digangi pull a what appeared to be a firearm, “putting them in fear that there was going to be an exchange of gunfire.”

FIRST NEW PLAN SINCE 1990

January 01, 2018 - 12:08

No law mandates a definite date for the Hernando County Commission to adopt a Comprehensive Plan. However, it is titled the Comp Plan for 2040, so hopefully, all parties involved can settle on a blueprint or game plan for the county for the next 23 years before Auld Lang Syne rings in 2040. It's actually been longer than that, some 27 years, since the previous comprehensive plan was adopted locally and approved by the state back in 1990.

Charter school organizers withdraw charter application, vow to return with another by February

December 04, 2017 - 08:11

After three hours of somewhat contentious discussion between the Hernando County School Board and Michael Maynard, an applicant for a charter school, the gifted, high-impact but controversial educator withdrew the application, claiming he (Maynard) and his "excellent" staff were " blindsided" by the school board's tough grilling in the nonvote workshop.

City hopes workshop sheds light on MSTU proposal

November 24, 2017 - 11:31

One of the top experts in the state of Florida has been called in to shed light on the controversial proposal for implementing a Law Enforcement MSTU (Municipal Service Taxing Unit) in Hernando County. Brooksville mayor Robert Battista told The Sun that Ken Small, formerly of the Florida League of Cities and a specialist on local financing, has agreed to share his expertise at a City Council workshop Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Three principals share details on improving school grades

November 24, 2017 - 11:26

Principals from three schools in the Hernando County School District shared unique, wide-ranging, and multiple initiatives utilized in their respective schools to improve school grades at a Hernando School Board workshop last week.

The "secrets to success" implemented over the last few years were not held back in detailed presentations compiled by the three principals which ranged from relationships to data crunching to attitudes.

The first presentation featured Spring Hill Elementary, currently an "A" rated school of excellence with Michael Maine as principal.

Hernando Schools grapple with speech therapist & media specialist jobs

November 01, 2017 - 01:14
Students read in the Spring Hill Elementary media center during literacy week 2017, photo by Sarah Nachin

OCT. 27, 2017- Hiring additional speech therapists and eliminating librarians (or media specialists) continue to be challenges for the Hernando County School District.

The public schools continue to look for speech therapists for students with communication problems. At the start of this school year, the District had five open positions for SLPs (Speech Language Pathologists). The district has contracted with outside agencies to fill those needs.

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