October 2016

Building a business for Hernando County sports fans

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Meet and Greet _ Autograph Shack

Building a business for Hernando County sports fans
After retiring from 25 years of employment in Law Enforcement in Pasco County, Jim Keith was seeking a new adventure which would keep him active in a field that he is passionate about.
“They say do something you enjoy doing once you retire, for your retirement job. I have been a sports fan forever and collecting autographs since I was young…and decided to merge the two,” Keith said.
When growing up, Keith was a huge baseball fan. He also appreciated what the players gave back to kids and fans.

Sports notebook: Lady Hornets to host regional final

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

The Weeki Wachee volleyball team will host Ponte Vedra in a regional final on Tuesday night. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

For the second straight season, the Weeki Wachee volleyball team is headed back to the Elite Eight. This time, the Lady Hornets get to play it in their own gym.
On Tuesday at 7 p.m., they’ll host Ponte Vedra in the Class 6A, Region 2 final, a rematch of last year’s meeting in the same round, won by the host Sharks, 25-27, 25-19, 27-25, 25-13.

Sharks stave off Leopards, stay perfect

Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Nature Coast's T.J. Owens carries the ball Friday night against Hernando. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

As scoring updates hit social media from Friday night’s Nature Coast-Hernando game, a few eyebrows surely raised.
For three quarters the visiting Leopards gave the unbeaten Sharks everything they could handle, but in the end couldn’t quite overcome their county and district rivals, as Nature Coast collected a 40-27 victory.

Board considers adding to alternative waste project that was on the chopping block


Hernando County landfill off of US 98

In December of 2015, the county sent out a request for proposals (RFP) for the creation and operation of an Alternative Waste Processing facility that would serve the county in a 20 year contract. In April of 2016, the county selected Freedom Energy Hernando LLC over WastAway LLC and Energy3 LLC. The registered agent for Freedom Energy Hernando LLC is Leland Nathan Mundy. The LLC's effective date is 3/1/16 and the articles of organization was filed on 3/7/16.

County responds to Sheriff's Budget Appeal

Sheriff Nienhuis explains his budget appeal at a press conference in October

Sheriff Al Nienhuis recently appealed to the State of Florida Administration Commission on the matter of the funding of his FY 2017 budget. Sheriff Nienhuis requested a $1.7 million budget increase to pay for an additional detective to monitor sexual predators, a mental health worker for the jail, and an additional K9 officer. The Sheriff's Office feels that they need the additional detective to monitor sexual predators, since a few years ago there were 285 sexual predators and now there are over 400 in the county.

Primped ‘n Preened

Furry friends love being snipped and coiffed at this local pet grooming parlor

Photos by Sue Quigley

Debi Cummings gives Dewy, a MaltiPoo, a warm blanket and a cuddle after bathing him at her pet grooming salon in Spring Hill. Photos by Sue Quigley

Debi Cummings walked across the room and rifled through a box of index cards.“I’m looking for Jack’s card,” she said. “I make notes of all my little ones about their likes and dislikes,” she said, holding a cute 8-year-old Shih-Tzu called Jack.