Lisa MacNeil

2017 Audubon Christmas Bird Count

January 05, 2018 - 09:46
Eastern Phoebe perches at Lakewood Retreat during the yearly Christmas bird count.

On Dec. 14, 2017 the 118th annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count took place in Hernando County. Birders of all ages participated in the dawn to dusk count. Nationwide counts take place between Thursday Dec. 14, 2017 and Friday Jan. 5, 2018. The Christmas Bird Count was started by Dr. Frank Chapman, founder of the predecessor to Audubon Magazine as a way to promote conservation during Christmastime. Instead of hunting birds, he urged people to count them.

Habitats for Kestrels

December 22, 2017 - 08:54

Photos by Alice Mary Herden.

Bird box building for the Southeastern American Kestel.

Brendan O’Connor, the Southwest Regional Volunteer Coordinator with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) led a group of local volunteers, which included students from an Odessa private school in building some rather large birdhouses at the Chinsegut Conservation Center last week.

In 2009, the FWC initiated a nest box monitoring program in north-central Florida to expand nesting opportunities for Southeastern American Kestrels (SEAK).

Remembering Doc Hensley: Service to God, Family, Community

December 12, 2017 - 13:13

Family, friends and community members gathered Monday night, Dec. 4, 2017, nearly filling the First Baptist Church of Brooksville to say goodbye to prominent Chiropractor Donald “Doc” Hensley. Doc was also known for his service to Brooksville in other capacities, serving for seven years as Director of Hernando Youth League, a member of the Hernando County School Board for eight years and football team doctor for over thirty years at Hernando High School.

Council votes 4-1 to not send letter to county commission for MSTU

December 04, 2017 - 07:55

Nov. 27, 2017 - Mayor Robert Battista began a special meeting, acknowledging a “real data dump that came in (Monday) afternoon” as he called on members of the council to approve or modify Monday night’s agenda. The agenda was approved as published, with the objective of deciding whether or not a letter would be sent to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) requesting consideration of an MSTU (Municipal Services Taxation Unit) for Sheriff’s Office services. This meeting followed an informational meeting last week (Nov. 22) with Ken Small, an expert on the use of MSTUs.

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.

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.  

County to rely on state for regulating medical marijuana facilities

November 16, 2017 - 10:11

The second and final public hearing was held at the Nov. 7, 2017 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting regarding the repealment of an earlier ordinance (2016-05) which allowed for county control of medical marijuana growing and dispensing facilities. New legislation by the state preempts counties and municipalities from regulating the facilities.

Agenda item on county's 2018-19 appropriation requests leads to discussion on Withlacoochee flooding fix

November 15, 2017 - 00:16
Cyril Dr in Ridge Manor after Hurricane Irma

Len Sossamon introduced the appropriation Requests for 2018-19 State Legislature at the regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on October 24th.
State Representative Blaise Ingoglia asked the board to add two projects to the existing requests, due to his ability to secure funding for renovations to two existing firehouses. The money cannot be used to buy new apparatus or equipment, and cannot be used to build new stations.

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