Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

BATES, MICHAEL D.

Hernando Today

Five questions for Hernando commission District 4 candidates

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Two seats are up for grabs this year on the Hernando County Commission, but only District 4 is involved in this month’s primary.

Payments increase after garbage bill added to utilities

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To streamline payment collections, Hernando County commissioners in October voted to add people’s garbage collection bills to their water and sewer statements.

Voters get early start

- For whatever reason, voter turnout for primary elections always is light.

Hernando County jobless rate increases

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The unemployment rate in Hernando County shot up to 8.4 percent in July, the third consecutive monthly increase.

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market eyed for Spring Hill Drive

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Hernando County soon might get its first Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, a scaled-down grocery version of the larger superstores.

State advances $89.5 million for I-75 expansion in Hernando

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Cemex expansion discussion delayed until Dec. 9

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— Commissioners accepted a request from Cemex to postpone discussion of a proposed mining expansion north of Brooksville until Dec. 9.

Hundreds of Hernando County employees to get pay raises

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— Hundreds of Hernando County employees are in line for pay raises thanks to a salary study that showed their pay is about 4 percent lower than the pay of industry peers....

Hernando commissioners raise bed tax 2 cents

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— County commissioners voted unanimously to raise the bed tax from 3 to 5 cents on the dollar and use the money to help bolster the county tourism department’s oper...

Moratorium on transportation impact fees retained

- 4-1 to continue a moratorium on transportation impact fees until June 2015.

Residential kennel approved for Spring Hill

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— A Spring Hill couple got permission Monday to open a kennel in a residential neighborhood that would house up to 70 animals.

Teen helps bring cricket to Hernando park

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Cricket is coming to Hernando County and enthusiasts can thank a 16-year old Spring Hill teen for leading the way.

County to consider substance abuse facility, residential kennel, Dollar General

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Planning and zoning commissioners Monday will consider a proposal to build a substance abuse rehabilitation facility north of Brooksville.

Caregiver arrested, charged with child neglect

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A caregiver who runs ‘The Princess House’ was arrested Thursday and charged with leaving a disabled person and children home alone.

No more RV rallies for Hernando County

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The Family Motor Coach Association has severed longstanding ties with Hernando County and will not hold its annual RV rally at the airport next year.

Bio-med firms may bring 200 new jobs

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County commissioners Tuesday will consider approving economic incentives for two companies that potentially could bring 200 jobs to Hernando.

Eastside residents get their library back

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Visitors stepping inside the East Hernando Branch Library will be hard-pressed to notice any sign of last year’s fire that damaged part of the building along with...

Church to move into Brooksville Elks Club lodge

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— Three years ago, Steve and Ellen Bilsborough decided it was time to start a new church that would cater to people’s spiritual needs and provide outreach to the co...

County man contracts chikungunya

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A Hernando County man who contracted the chikungunya virus has recovered, county health officials say.

Reluctant recyclers Hernando County posts lackluster recycling numbers

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While numbers of people who recycle increased slightly statewide last year, a new report shows Hernando had lackluster participation and placed in the lower half of Flor...

Medical pot message has no audience at Spring Hill Library

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— Cheryll Morales came prepared Wednesday afternoon with slide presentation, detailed notes and stories of her success using medical marijuana and was set to impart that k...

Pine Island beach gets 400 tons of sand

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— County Commissioner Jim Adkins jokes that people have frequented the beach at Pine Island so much that they ended up taking large quantities of sand home with them in th...

School board budget includes slight property tax decrease

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Despite a less-than-rosy financial picture heading into the next fiscal year, Hernando County school board members Tuesday approved a tentative budget that includes a sl...

Stewy’s Skate Park concessionaire ramps up for another year

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Sean Cunningham considered not renewing his lease as concessionaire at Stewy’s Skate Park.

Brooksville, Hernando officials finding common ground

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Last week city residents learned Hernando County once again will provide mosquito spraying in Brooksville.

Hernando starts spraying again for mosquitos in Brooksville

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— County Administrator Len Sossamon has directed the mosquito control department to resume nightly spraying of the insects in the city of Brooksville after a four-month im...

County to scale back hours at Little Rock Cannery

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— Barring any last-minute influx of money and members, the county will be forced to reduce the operating hours at the beleaguered Little Rock Cannery starting Oct. 1.

Scott engages critics, pitches jobs plan in Brooksville

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Critics question timing of Cemex mine delay

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— A Cemex official said he has four months to convince residents their fears of expanding mining operations along State Road 50 and Fort Dade Avenue are groundless.

Property tax plan would return mosquito control to Brooksville

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— Mosquito control would return to Brooksville thanks to a new funding plan proposed Tuesday by county commissioners.

Hernando commissioners give nod to sales tax referendum

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County commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to pass a formal ordinance allowing the Penny for Projects referendum to appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Spring Hill sinkhole home declared unsafe

- SPRING HILL — A home on the edge of a sinkhole that opened in Spring Hill was declared unsafe Monday and the homeowner was given until Tuesday morning to remove her belongings, according to Hernando County...

Proposed county budget shows millage hike

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— When Hernando County commissioners meet Tuesday to set a proposed property tax rate for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, they will consider a possible tax hike to accom...

Democrats plan minimum wage rally

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President Obama in February raised the minimum wage for federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.

Jobless rate rises slightly in June

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Hernando County’s unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in June, up from 7.7 percent in May.

Chili’s, Gator’s Dockside submit building plans in Hernando

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— Diners can soon add two more choices to their eating-out options.

Sting nets 10 arrests of unlicensed contractors in Hernando

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An undercover operation cracking down on unlicensed contractors netted 10 arrests and civil citations totaling $9,675.

Cemex expansion plan denied by Hernando zoning board

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— Dozens of people packed planning and zoning commission chambers Monday to protest a local mining company’s plan to expand operations on 730 acres along State Road...

Details sought for educational-tourism center

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Much has been written about a potential site for a $6 million educational-tourism center in Hernando County.

Cemex works to ease fears about new mine

- — Worries about loud booms, vibrations shaking homes and rock trucks thundering along tree-lined Fort Dade Avenue all are unfounded.<...

Hernando candidates stump during Politics in the Park event

- — It was billed as “Politics in the Park,” and while there was no park, there was plenty of politicking going on Thursday night at the Knights of Columb...

Similar projects in Hernando, Pasco not a concern, commissioners say

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— If Hernando County creates a recreation area inside the Weekiwachee Preserve, it will be in direct competition with a proposed project off U.S. 19 in Pasco County called...

Hernando considers building tourism center at Weeki Wachee State Park

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— Hernando County commissioners would like to build a proposed educational-tourism center adjacent to Weeki Wachee State Park and directed staff Tuesday to meet with state...

Alternate sites eyed for tourism center

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HernandoCounty commissioners on Tuesday will discuss new locations for the proposed educational-tourism center, including near Weeki Wache...

County housing market continues upswing

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— Hernando County’s housing market continued to show signs of improvement in May, with sales of existing single-family homes up about 7 percent from a year ago.

Hernando Beach fire chief rejects allegations

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Hernando Beach Fire Chief David Freda said allegations made by an anonymous person that he abused his gas card by buying and drinking alcohol with on-duty firefighters a...

Old Navy closes in Coastal Landing, Ulta to fill spot

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— Exit Old Navy, enter Ulta.

Hernando’s property values increase for first time in seven years

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— In 2007, Nancy Pelosi made history by becoming the first female speaker of the House. That same year, Steve Jobs, then-CEO of Apple Inc., introduced the iPhone to consum...

Beacon Theater opens new large-screen auditorium

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Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the first movie to play on Beacon Theater’s new large screen, which was scheduled...

Hernando considers raising bed tax 2 cents

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If Hernando County is going to compete with surrounding counties for tourism dollars it will have to raise the bed tax from the existing th...

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