February 2016

Battery powers Leopards to comeback

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Hernando senior Pierce Kimbrough unleashes a warmup pitch during Thursday night's game against Springstead. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – Pierce Kimbrough did what he could to stay even in a pitchers’ duel, and when a few tough breaks defensively cost him, his catcher Tyson Libengood came through in the clutch.
The result was a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Springstead Thursday night at a chilly Emerson Field.
“The battery tonight was the difference, both of them,” Hernando head coach Tim Sims said.
Despite the fact that the Leopards (4-2) and Eagles (5-2) do not share a district, the high level of pride involved was evident considering both teams sent an ace left-hander to the mound.

Osowaw Plant Decomissioning Update

Hernando Sun Staff

Osowaw Plant in Spring Hill

The Osowaw water treatment facility in Spring Hill was built in 1969. Citizens in the nearby area certainly know it’s there, due to the foul odor coming from the plant. The plant has also had issues with broken pipes and is within a storm surge area. In 2014, commissioners approved a $24.5 million expansion project at the airport water treatment facility in order to be able to divert wastewater from the Spring Hill plant to the airport facility for treatment. Ultimately the plan is to shut down the Osowaw plant.

School District grade is in, but what does it mean?

Hernando Sun Staff

School district grades were received in February 2016 for the 2014-2015 school year. The grades usually come out during the summer, but changes in the grading system prolonged the scoring process. This year, Hernando County received a score of 411 which translates to a B. The mean score was 406, with St. Johns County scoring the highest at 528 and Jefferson County scoring the lowest at 227.

Possible Dock Changes in Marine Construction Code

Hernando Sun Staff

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Assistant County Administrator Ronald Pianta and Zoning Supervisor Christopher Linsbeck presented an amendment to the Marine Construction Code Ordinance on February 9, 2016. According to Mr. Pianta, the current ordinance is outdated and overly restrictive. The proposed ordinance will allow an increase in dock length from 22 feet to 40 feet, measured up to 25% of the width of the waterway.

Hernando County’s Treasure Hunt

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Geocaching, adventure at Weekiwachee Preserve

Do you like hiking, treasure hunting and spending time outdoors with family and friends? Well this is something you can add to your weekend adventure list.

A few weeks back on a hike in the Weekiwachee Preserve, my husband and I found this a green container hidden within a tree trunk. This was very interesting and we had no idea what it was. So upon further investigation, we found out that it was actually a global positioning (GPS) device for geocaching.

City of Brooksville Renews City Manager's Contract

City of Brooksville

T. Jennene Norman-Vacha, Brooksville City Manager, received a copy of her performance evaluation from the council members at the February 1, 2016 meeting. The evaluation reflects eight categories which are scored from one to five. Her overall score was 4.025. Natalie Kahler, Mayor of Brooksville, stated there were “lots of great comments” for Ms. Norman-Vacha to read. Ms. Kahler stated, “I know this is a terrifying day for you. Nothing like having a performance evaluation in front of the whole world.”

Primavera helps Lady Sharks stay perfect

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast pitcher Abbey Primavera during Tuesday's 10-0 win over Hernando. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – Nature Coast and Abbey Primavera had just completed another night at the office Tuesday night, walking off the softball diamond with another notch in the win column.
The Lady Sharks moved to 9-0 on the season behind a 10-0 victory over visiting county-rival Hernando, also a Class 5A, District 7 foe.
Primavera (7-0) tossed another shutout, the junior scattering five singles and two walks while striking out seven across six innings of work.

Sports Notebook: Weeki Wachee wrestling wins district

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Weeki Wachee head coach Joe Felice (right) and his assistant watch on during the Kiwanis Invitational in December. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

For five years, Joe Felice has worked to build the Weeki Wachee wrestling program from scratch. On Saturday, he and the rest of the Hornets enjoyed the fruits of that labor. Weeki Wachee scored 221 team points in the Class 1A, District 6 Tournament at Anclote, well ahead of Hernando in second at 171. It marks the first district championship in team history, and only the school’s second in any sport following the volleyball team’s first-place finish earlier this school year.

Memories of Chicken Farming in Masaryktown

Special to Hernando Sun, John Bartko

credit: Florida Memory

I helped as best I could. I don’t remember anyone else helping my father Otec. We came to have four chicken houses and about 4000 chickens. That was a lot. We picked eggs three sometime four times a day. We did this to minimize breakage in the nests. The chicken houses had to be cleaned of the manure of course. The manure under the roosting areas was much easier to shovel and haul to the manure barn than were the alleys. They packed down hard and we had to use scrapers to loosen it up before shoveling it into the wheelbarrow.

Stabbing Victim Discovered at Crash Scene, Person of Interest Apprehended

Hernando Sun Staff

Ian Brunker 05/16/2015 Booking

In the wee hours of the morning detectives discovered a victim of a stabbing when they responded to a traffic crash in the area of Spring Hill Drive and Pond Circle. The victim's injuries were not life threatening.

The "Person of Interest" Ian Michael Brunker in this case was apprehended by police this afternoon without incident at a residence in Spring Hill. Brunker is wanted in an unrelated warrant for his arrest.