February 2018

County and School District approve funding for additional SROs

Sheriff Al Nienhuis, School Board Chairman Mark Johnson, Dr. Lori Romano School District Superintendent and Capt. Harold Hutchinson Jr. who oversees the SRO Unit in attendance at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Feb. 26, 2018 to finalize additional SRO funding.

On Feb. 27, the BOCC approved funding for the immediate addition of 10 School Resource Officers, a SRO Sergeant, a floating SRO and a SRO Training Officer through September 30, 2018 (Remaining amount of the County's Fiscal Year). They gave approval contingent on the school district funding 50% of the $887,107 expense, which was approved unanimously by the School Board during a packed regular meeting later that day.

Possible Civil War munition found in Spring Hill

On Monday Feb. 26, 2018 a homeowner on Oakridge Drive called the Sheriff’s Office to report an object he found while digging in his yard. Deputies identified it as a possible munition and called the Citrus County Bomb Squad and Macdill Air Force Base for assistance.

The individual from MacDill AFB indicated the object may have possibly been a munition from the Civil War era and removed it.

During the Civil War, known conflicts in Hernando County include the Battle of Bayport and the Brooksville Raid.


Easy Crockpot Spare Ribs


3 lbs country style spareribs
¾ cup ketchup
2 tbsp chopped onions
3 tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tbsp
1 ½ tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp mustard


First bake ribs in 400 oven for 15 minutes on each side.
Then place ribs in crockpot
in bowl mix all ingredients together and pour over ribs.
Cook on LOW heat setting 6 to 8 hours

Prom dreams can come true

Over 1,300 prom gowns, along with accessories and a spa experience on the day of your prom to be offered free by Citrus Cinderellas.    Photos COURTESY OF CITRUS CINDERELLAS

With the rustle of taffeta and tulle, the lustre of silk and charmeuse, glittering sequins and jewels and rack upon rack of beautiful gowns, Cinderella’s Closet is taking the stress out of prom dress shopping by removing the cost.

Cinderella’s Closet, an outreach ministry of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness, Citrus County, aims to provide prom dresses, accessories and spa services to graduating high school teens — not only in Citrus County but Pasco and Hernando counties too.


by Jim Turner

TALLAHASSEE --- The state House is preparing subpoenas demanding information from five South Florida government agencies about the confessed killer of 17 people at a Parkland high school in an investigation that will run separate from a review ordered by Gov. Rick Scott.

The House investigation comes amid continued calls by Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, and other Republican lawmakers for Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to be suspended from office.

Late foul call benefits Sharks, advance to Sweet 16

File Photo: Robert Gomez plays in a match against Crystal River 12/22/2017 Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Last Friday night, Nature Coast defeated in-county rival Central to clinch their seventh district championship under head coach Dave Pisarcik. Entering yet another FHSAA regional tournament, the Sharks had the benefit of being able to host the first round on their court per FHSAA bracketing procedures. Their opponent in the first round was the Zephyrhills Bulldogs, a team that has history with NCT due to previously being in the same district for a several years and famously defeating the Sharks a few years ago on said court en route to a state semifinal appearance.

Obituaries published Feb. 23, 2018

Choate V. Ward, age 89 of Timber Pines passed away on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018. He was a US Coast Guard veteran. Ward is predeceased by son Ronald. He is survived by wife Mary, and children John and Roxanne. Src; Downing

Whitehouse Carl Lee, Sr., age 78, of Brooksville, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. He is survived by his son, Carl Jr.; 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Src; Merritt

Spencer Patricia M., age 74, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Patricia is survived by her loving husband, John. Src; Brewer

Fire Destroys a Mobile Home, Several Vehicles and Several Utility Sheds in Rural Hernando County.


(Brooksville, FL) Feb. 25, 2018 at 4:23 p.m., Hernando County Fire Rescue(HCFR) received reports of a brush fire at 4370 Neff Lake Rd, a rural area of Hernando County. Initial reports were that several structures and a vehicle was on fire from a fast-moving brush fire.


by Jim Turner

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to “immediately” investigate the response of law-enforcement authorities to the mass shooting this month that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

The directive came as House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, sent a letter requesting that Scott suspend Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. The letter, which was joined by 73 Republican House members, came a day after Rep. Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach, called for Israel’s removal.