Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

MICHAEL D. BATES

Hernando Today

After 34 years Challenger teacher hosts last Thanksgiving luncheon

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Margie Yurtinus has been helping students prepare Thanksgiving dinners for parents and grandparents for 34 ye...

Papa Joe’s set to reopen March 3

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Joe Giarratana has set a target of March 3 to reopen his Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant on Spring Lake Highway.

County jobless rate falls further

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— Hernando County’s October unemployment was 7.7 percent, down from 8.0 percent a month earlier.

Commissioners prefer Hernando’s west side for tourism center

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— County commissioners still don’t know the exact location of a proposed educational-tourism center but they at least know on which side of the county they want it ...

Road paving requests in Hernando skyrocket

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Ever since county commissioners made it easier for residents to petition the county to get their limerock roads paved, the county has been inundated with requests.

Hernando commission to discuss where to build tourism center

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For months, county commissioners have tossed around options of where to locate an educational-tourism center using $3 million in state funds and another $3 million of co...

County seeks input in spending oil spill funds

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Hernando County officials are asking people to help them choose economic development projects they think are deserving of the anticipated federal money coming this way f...

Two men charged with theft of copper wire from power poles

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Two men were arrested Thursday and charged with stealing about $3,400 worth of copper wire from power poles in the Ridge Manor area.

Planned apartment complex to lift 55-and-older restriction

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The developer of Vista Park Apartments got approval Monday to lift the 55-and-older restriction on a new section of the complex that is under construction.

Planning board to discuss new fire station in Spring Hill

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The need for another fire station in Spring Hill was identified as far back as 2007.

County attorney may get a raise

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County Attorney Garth Coller could be in line for a $33,815-per-year salary hike.

Commissioners, county leaders pay tribute to departing Dave Russell

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— Dave Russell joked to his colleagues Tuesday that he had brown hair and stood 6-foot 2 before he entered politics 16 years ago.

Hernando turnout for midterm reaches nearly 52 percent

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— Hernando County has typically been a Republican bastion and this election mirrored past contests.

Ingoglia wins seat in Florida’s House District 35

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Homebuilder and Republican Blaise Ingoglia beat out his three opponents Tuesday and will represent constituents in Florida’s House District 35 for the next two ye...

Dukes, Holcomb win county commission seats

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— Voters decided Tuesday they wanted to keep Republican County Commissioner Wayne Dukes for a second, four-year term.

Hatcher wins 5th Judicial Circuit judge post

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Attorney Mary Hatcher takes over as judge representing the 5th Judicial Circuit.

Hernando housing market still rising

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— Hernando County’s housing market continued to improve in September, but tight bank financing regulations continue to impede recovery,.

County attorney’s contract to be discussed Tuesday

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County commissioners Tuesday will discuss what, if any, adjustments will be made to county attorney Garth Coller’s contract.

Elections boss hopes software glitches are resolved

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Elections Supervisor Shirley Anderson, who took some heat for delayed precinct tabulations during the August primary, said she is hoping fo...

Hobby Lobby, Bonefish Grill coming soon

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— The first two stores at Cortez Commons have announced opening dates.

Spring Hill charged with stealing political signs

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— A Spring Hill man, under investigation for stealing 244 political signs, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with seven counts of petit theft.

Halloween hay bale tradition decorates downtown Brooksville

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— Motorists and pedestrians in downtown Brooksville have come face to face with witches, scarecrows and enormous spiders the last few weeks.

Two Hernando companies to get up to $88,000 in economic incentives

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— Hernando County commissioners this week unanimously approved incentives totaling about $88,000 to two manufacturers that plan to bring new jobs with higher wages to Hern...

Hernando to revisit winery proposal off Snow Hill Road

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A plan to build a winery north of Brooksville that was shot down last month got new life Tuesday when Hernando County commissioners voted to revisit it during a December...

Fine Arts Council to get new home in downtown Brooksville

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— County commissioners Tuesday voted 4-1 to allow the Hernando County Fine Arts Council to use county-owned office space at the parks and recreation building in downtown B...

Nugent, Koller vie for congressional seat

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Republican Richard Nugent wants a third term in Congress but to get there he will have to defeat Democrat Dave Koller.

Sinkhole property decline continues in Hernando

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Last year was the first year Hernando County had a decline in the number of sinkhole properties reported to the property appraiser’s office, and 2014 is on track ...

Commissioners to consider incentives

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County commissioners on Tuesday will consider offering incentives to two manufacturers that plan to bring jobs to Hernando County.

Three running for Russell’s commission seat

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The District 4 Hernando County commission seat became wide open when incumbent Republican Dave Russell announced he was stepping down at the end of his term.

Ulta Beauty officially opens Friday at Coastal Landing

- — Hernando County’s first Ulta Beauty store officially opens at 10 a.m. today at the Coastal Landing shopping center off State Road 50.

Hernando’s jobless rate falls for first time in 4 months

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Hernando County’s unemployment rate dropped in September for the first time in four months.

Teamsters’ employees will not get raises in Hernando

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Hernando County, which was poised to give salary increases to hundreds of employees — union members and others — instead will give them only to some non-un...

Hernando prepares for possible Ebola outbreak

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Hernando County public safety officials say even though the chances for an Ebola outbreak here are slim, they are prepared.

Four to vie for state House in District 35

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Because of term limits, current state legislator Robert Schenck, a Republican, must step down this year.

Dukes, Lodato, Moore competing for Dist. 2 seat

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The District 2 Hernando County Commission race features three high-profile candidates who have distinctly different ideas on how to bring economic prosperity to the area.

Spring Hill man could face charges after removing 244 political signs

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Charges are pending against a Spring Hill man who removed 244 political signs from vacant lots throughout Hernando County and stacked them in his driveway, deputies said...

Two attorneys vie for 5th Judicial Circuit

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Those who live in the 5th Judicial Circuit will vote for a new judge after the incumbent was defeated in the August primary.

Assisted living facility approved for Wiscon Road

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Hernando zoning board denies proposed winery north of Brooksville

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— More than a dozen people who live in a rural area north of Brooksville gave Hernando planning and zoning board members on Monday several reasons why a proposed winery wo...

Distillery, winery may be in the works

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Hernando County soon might have a large-scale distillery and winery.

Tourism center, educational facility on commission agenda

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County staffers Tuesday will suggest three possible locations for the construction of a visitor information center at Interstate 75.

Micro Matic USA plans even bigger expansion

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Driving along the Suncoast Parkway, motorists don’t get a clear indication of the expansiveness of the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regiona...

Key Mariner Boulevard lane closure set for Nov. 1

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Motorists exiting the Mariner Square Plaza know how difficult it is to get onto Mariner Boulevard and turn south.

Hernando teacher arrested on sexual battery charges

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A 40-year-old male graphic design teacher at Springstead High School was arrested Friday and charged with having sexual relations with a 17-year-old female student.

Gas card audit prompts changes at Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department

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A long-awaited audit looking into public service employees’ fuel card usage pinpointed three areas where the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department needs improv...

Fine Arts Council eyes new home

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The Hernando County Fine Arts Council has endured a bumpy ride in recent years as it deals with friction at board meetings, loss of members and declining revenue.

Little Rock Cannery gets new lease on life

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The Little Rock Cannery, saddled with budget problems in the last four or five years, repeatedly has come back from the brink of closing.

Yet another site proposed for tourism-educational center

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The list of possible sites for an educational-tourism center in Hernando County grew to five last week.

County resumes control of Spring Hill waterfall

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The next time motorists driving by this community’s main entrance on U.S. 19 notice the waterfall not working, the flags not waving or grass getting a bit long, w...

Stewy’s Skate Park concessionaire calls it quits

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— For the past 15 months, Sean Cunningham has sold cold drinks and snacks to patrons at Stewy’s Skate Park in Spring Hill.

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