Sunday, Apr 20, 2014

BATES, MICHAEL D.

Hernando Today

County to discuss mosquito service

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- Hernando County has not sprayed for mosquitoes in this city for the past month because officials said Brooksville has not abided by an agreement to provide the service and has ...

Old Huddle House to become pharmacy

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- Many people remember the old neighborhood drug stores that had an adjoining soda fountain where patrons could grab a snack or drink while waiting for their prescription to be f...

Southern Hills rolling along

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- Southern Hills Plantation Club debuted in Brooksville in 2006 to much fanfare.

County jobless rate unchanged at 8.5 pct.

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Hernando County's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.5 percent for March.

Input sought as Kass Circle revitalization takes shape

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- There was no shortage of negative observations about the Kass Circle neighborhood during a February meeting to discuss a revitalization project.

Cooler weather arrives behind front

- Parts of Hernando County received up to an inch of rain Tuesday as a brief but heavy downpour, accompanied by strong winds, hit around the lunch hour.

Hernando rejects union grievance

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BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County officials said they will not process a grievance filed by Robert Rae concerning a purported policy violation but the president of the firefighters' union said he is not buying the reason and...

Despite objections, zoning board approves Hernando Beach development

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BROOKSVILLE - Brothers Gordon and Ron Wolf envision a future tourism destination spot for Hernando Beach, complete with lodging, a nature amphitheater and cultural center.

Reaction sets in to mining expansion

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BROOKSVILLE - Linda Wisenbaker said it's bad enough living so close to an existing cement plant near her Fort Dade mobile home.

County looks to fill positions

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BROOKSVILLE - The search is on for a new Hernando County mosquito control director and a veterinarian-animal services director.

Pine Grove asst. principal running for school board

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BROOKSVILLE - Heather Urban, assistant principal at Pine Grove Elementary School, last week became the fourth person to announce their candidacy for the Hernando County School Board District 5 seat.

Grievance filed against Hernando over fire chief search

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BROOKSVILLE - The application deadline for hiring a new public service director closes Friday and about 38 people have expressed interest.

Hernando commissioners approve two zoning projects

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BROOKSVILLE - County commissioners had an unusually light agenda Tuesday and the meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

Shopping plaza eyed for County Line and Mariner

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BROOKSVILLE - So far, a fast food restaurant and a drug store have expressed interest in setting up shop at a new shopping center that will spring up on the northwest corner of County Line Road and Mariner Boulevard.

Cemex seeks expansion of mining operations in Brooksville

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BROOKSVILLE - Cemex Construction Materials Florida is again seeking permission from Hernando County to expand its mining operations on 730 acres north of State Road 50 and west of Fort Dade Avenue.

Peck Sink ready for summer rains

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BROOKSVILLE - It used to be a swimming hole.

S.R. 50 widening project on track

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BROOKSVILLE - The State Road 50 road improvement project is back on track.

Commissioners to hear two rezoning cases Tuesday

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BROOKSVILLE - County commissioners have a twin set of rezoning requests to consider at their Tuesday meeting.

Hernando picks new human resources manager

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BROOKSVILLE - Jerry Haines has seen two human resources managers resign during his 27-year career with Hernando County and was appointed interim head of the department both times.

Mistakes force Hernando to re-post fire chief position

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BROOKSVILLE - The search for a public safety director has been halted because the county failed to follow the proper advertising procedures.

Hernando cites past year's accomplishments

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BROOKSVILLE - Each year, the county clerk's office ticks off a dozen or so items it deems momentous enough to make the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Hernando's jobless rate shoots up again

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BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County's unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in February, the second straight monthly increase.

Sinkholes continue to drain economy

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BROOKSVILLE - For years, Spring Hill has led the state in sinkhole activity, with more than 6,000 properties experiencing some kind of void.

High Point celebrates 40th anniversary

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BROOKSVILLE - Last Thanksgiving, Joe Curcio was rummaging in the back of the High Point community center storeroom for Christmas decorations to adorn the volunteer fire department.

Union to file grievance if county snubs local fire chief candidates

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BROOKSVILLE - Thirty-nine people have applied for Hernando County's vacant public safety director position, including six with local ties.

New senior apartment complex, RV park headed to Hernando

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BROOKSVILLE - A 103-unit, seniors-only housing complex is headed for State Road 50.

Bakery manufacturer to get incentives to move here

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BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to grant economic incentives for a new manufacturer to locate at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport & Technology Center.

County to consider incentives for new manufacturer

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BROOKSVILLE - County commissioners Tuesday will consider approving an incentives package for a manufacturer that plans to expand into Hernando County.

County wooing Calif. beer manufacturer

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BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County is trying to entice a California beer manufacturer to open a facility in the area that potentially could cost $60 million and create 400 jobs.

GOING PLACES Bus ridership numbers up 20 percent

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BROOKSVILLE - New ridership numbers for THE Bus show a record number of people are using Hernando County's mass transit system.

Judges cite space crunch

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BROOKSVILLE - In December 2012, county commissioners indefinitely delayed plans to find more court space until money became available or judges deemed the situation worse.

Hernando County's mosquito control director fired

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BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County's mosquito control director has been fired after his supervisor determined he failed to perform his duties.

Hernando's jobless rate jumps from 7.6 to 8.4 percent

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Hernando County's unemployment rate shot up in January, the first increase in seven months.

Hernando County human resources director resigns

- Cheryl Marsden wrote a letter, dated March 18, to Assistant County Administrator George Zoettlein saying her resignation was effective immediately.

Union: Hernando violated hiring process for fire chief

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BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County violated its own hiring policy by not posting a job opening for public safety director in-house before seeking outside candidates, Teamsters Union steward Dan Oliver said.

Chinsegut cottages ready to reopen; manor house work continues

- Friends of Chinsegut Hill, received final approval last week from the state fire marshal to open seven newly remodeled cottages for rental.

Two more retailers commit to Cortez Commons

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BROOKSVILLE - Two more retailers have joined a growing number of merchants staking out spots in the new Cortez Commons shopping complex.

No college degree required for next Hernando fire chief

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BROOKSVILLE - Wanted: someone to take the reins of Hernando County Fire Rescue and supervise the animal control department.

Hernando government watchdog files for House seat

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BROOKSVILLE - Since January 2011, Hamilton Hanson has been a fixture at Hernando County commission meetings.

Commissioner's proposal to consolidate Hernando fire chiefs shot down

- County Commissioner Diane Rowden presented to the board Tuesday a plan she said streamlines operations of the Hernando County Fire District and saves taxpayers about $100,000.

Hernando shelves proposed water treatment plant

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BROOKSVILLE - Dozens of residents Tuesday packed county commission chambers to protest the building of a well field and water treatment plant close to Sherman Hills subdivision.

Hernando delays tattoo policy for employees

- BROOKSVILLE - A proposed new county policy on tattoos and jewelry didn't make the grade with county commissioners Tuesday who called it too vague and subject to legal problems.

Arc group home clears zoning hurdle

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BROOKSVILLE - Hernando planning and zoning commissioners Monday cleared the way for the Arc Nature Coast to expand operations at its Neff Lake Road site and add a six-person group home for people with intellectual and de...

Hernando dress code tweak could limit tattoos

- Under the new policy, supervisors are responsible for monitoring their employees' tattoos and jewelry and those who fail to follow the policy could be subject to discipline.

Commissioners to tackle school impact fees

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BROOKSVILLE - School board officials are urging county commissioners to reinstate educational impact fees at their Tuesday meeting to help them recoup some of the $2 million they estimate they've lost since fees were su...

County says new water plant could foster growth

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BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County says a new wellfield and water treatment plant is needed near Ridge Manor to prepare for future growth and improve existing services for eastside homeowners.

Hernando animal services vet to resign

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BROOKSVILLE - Lisa Centonze, Hernando County Animal Services' managing veterinarian, will resign her position March 28.

Steep price tag may put RV rally out of reach

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BROOKSVILLE - The cost of luring the RVers back to Brooksville after 16 years of rallies appears to be insurmountable and not only from a financial standpoint.

Arc Nature Coast plans major expansion

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BROOKSVILLE - Since 1975, the non-profit Arc Nature Coast has used its site off Neff Lake Road as its administrative office and skill training center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

East Hernando library has temporary home

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RIDGE MANOR - Library patrons on the east side will have somewhere to go until repairs are completed on the fire-damaged East Hernando Branch Library.

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