Friday, Dec 19, 2014

MICHAEL D. BATES

Hernando Today

Hernando Today says farewell after 27 years

- Well, this is it. The last edition of Hernando Today

County board to hear Cemex, winery requests

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County commissioners likely face a long day Dec. 9 when two controversial matters come up at their weekly meeting.

Shoppers hit stores on Black Friday

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Marylynn Vazquez and her daughter, Shayleese, hit the stores bright and early Friday morning to take advantage of holiday sales.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit coming to Brooksville

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— A new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is headed to Brooksville.

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.

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