September 2019

A Tribute to Trevor

BROOKSVILLE, Fla.- Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 the Hernando High Leopards JV football team played on their home turf against Citrus. But this was a different game. There was one player missing. 

Just one week ago on September 12, the JV Leopards football team played against Springstead and it was a great game. Hernando dominated the Eagles 21-6, but sadly it was the last game one football player would play. JV football player Trevor Bowen ( No. 11) died the next morning.  

Commission Votes 3-2 to go Forward with 1 mill Property Tax increase

After a contentious 4 hour meeting on September 11, 2019, The Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 to both approve the proposed 1 mill increase and the tentative budget.  Commissioners Steve Champion and Wayne Dukes opposed both measures maintaining that more expenses could be cut, rather than increasing the millage rate. 


The tentative millage rate will apply only to the BOCC General Fund.  Other funds’ rates are listed as follows:


BOCC General Fund 7.8912

BOCC Transportation Trust 0.7091

Hernando Growers Association to use Little Rock Cannery to expand customer base

In June 2016, the former Brooksville City Manager and Parks Department planned a Farmers Market in Downtown Brooksville.  Unfortunately, it was July, very hot and did not attract many customers at the time. Michael DeFelice was asked if he would help.  Excellent timing, since DeFelice was struggling with where to sell produce, and also still learning how to farm.  

Chancellor For Innovation, Community Leaders To Engage Employers And Educators At Phsc Workforce Summit

Chancellor for Innovation Eric Hall, Ed.D., Florida Department of Education, will present a keynote address at the inaugural Workforce Stakeholders’ Engagement Summit at Pasco-Hernando State College. Organized for Hernando County educators, business owners and other stakeholders, the event will be held at the Rao Musunuru, M.D. Conference Center at PHSC’s Spring Hill Campus on September 26 from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 

Deputies Make Arrest in School Threat at Challenger K-8

On 09-20-19 at 8:47 a.m., the School Resource Officer at Challenger K-8, Deputy Shaun Duval, received information that a student may be arriving at school (on a school bus) with a firearm. As he received the information, the school buses were arriving at the school.

Additional deputies were dispatched to the campus.

Deputies located the student, Austin Lemuel Cheveres, 14 years of age, and took him to the school office for questioning.

During this time, other deputies on the scene interviewed other students and additional witnesses.

Obituaries published Sept. 20, 2019

Dougherty Linda J., 71, of Brooksville, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.  She is preceded in death by her husband, John J. Dougherty Jr.  She is survived by her sons, Gerald and Kenneth; and 4grandchildren.  Src; Merritt

Handschuh Jason C., age 47 of Spring Hill, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.  He is survived by his son Jordan, and 1 grandchild.  Src; Downing

Hunt David C., age 83, of Hudson passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.  Src; Downing