June 2015

Two Weddings and a Fire

Sixty-eight years ago Charles Looper and Leona Brannon were married at Lake Lindsey United Methodist Church. When the couple met, Charles Looper had recently returned from WWII, where he was captured by the Germans in December of 1945. He spent several months in a POW camp in Moosburg called Stalag 7A until he was freed on April 28th, 1945. On that day, the German Compound was taken over by American Troops where he and thousands of other allied soldiers had been kept as POWs.

Mapping the Withlacoochee River Watershed

Imagine tromping through 40 miles of the densest portion of the Withlacoochee River, the roughly one mile wide slow moving Green Swamp. Dr. Mark Fulkerson, Senior Professional Engineer with the Water Management District did so with a small team, in order to map out the bottom and acquire elevations of the river bed. According to Dr. Fulkerson, it took a couple summers to finally get to the Hernando County line, where a surveying company took over. Being so dense, “The survey company would not touch the Green Swamp,” said Dr. Fulkerson at a recent lecture.

City of Brooksville Provides Some Support to HC Fairgrounds July 4th Celebration


Richard Klimas with Hernando County Fair Association spoke to the Brooksville City Council about the upcoming July 4th celebration at the Hernando County Fairgrounds.
He stated that they reached out to the community and the community has helped out considerably with the fireworks display. So far they have acquired $11,000 out of the $15,000 they are aiming towards.

Saxon Manor Update: C-4 Zoning Approved for their 7.7 A property


Brooksville City Council voted to rezone approximately 7.7 acres located at the south side of E. Liberty Street approximately 265’ east of its intersection with S. Saxon Avenue from the current zoning of R-3 (High Density Residential) to a zoning designation of C-4 (Neighborhood Commercial).

The second reading of the resolution to rezone this property was approved on June 15 giving Saxon Manor the ability to use their newly constructed “Shabby Chic” Barn as a wedding venue.

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School Board Will Receive Funding from County for Security

Hernando Sun Staff

The Hernando County School District has requested $250,000 in funding to keep (14) school resource officers (SROs) and (44) crossing guards through the HC Sheriff’s Office. The School District’s Safe Schools allocation is $478,068. The cost of SROs through the contract with the Sheriff’s Office is $638,731, while the cost of crossing guards is an additional $145,337. HCSO has stated that they cannot reduce these costs further. Dr.

June 11- 20th 2015

Michael Eugene Finkley, Jr., 40 of Brooksville passed away June 11, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Center Hill, FL., and came to Brooksville 8 years ago from Bushnell. Mike worked as an Auto-Detailer for over 18 years for Joey Davis. That was his passion and very good at what he did. He made me love again when I thought it was not possible. Mike a/k/a Mikey loved hanging out with friends and family; especially his best friend, Doby Gibson of 33 years.

HCSO Publishes FY 2015-2016 Budget


The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has published their budget for FY 2015-2016. In a letter to the BOCC the sheriff highlighted cost savings programs that they have implemented. One such cost saving change was hiring a full time Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Sheriff Nienhuis stated that he estimates a savings of $70,000 and 344% more mental service hours provided. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office has agreed to temporarily house federal detainees which will result in approximately $100,000 worth of revenue per year.