Royce Decker: a tireless contributor who always wore a smile

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Royce Merrill Decker, Jr. passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Royce was only 64 years old, but his contributions to the county were numerous. On Thursday, Hernando County lost a tireless contributor. 

Royce started his law enforcement service in South Florida, before moving to Hernando County and spending nearly 30 years at the Hernando Sheriff's Office reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He retired from the sheriff's office in 2013.  In 2012, he was honored with the Kentucky Colonel distinction.

Farm Bureau Women Donate Gifts to Pace Center for Girls

You could see their faces light up with smiles as the three girls walked into the room and spied the table covered with an assortment of hair care items. The hair dryers, shampoo, conditioner, barrettes and other “goodies” were a gift from the Hernando/Citrus Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee to the young ladies at the Pace Center for Girls in Spring Hill.

Kass Circle 'CRA' approves area plan without tax increment financing option

The Board of County Commissioners acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency met on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 to approve the Community Development Area Plan, as well as adopt the 2020 budget and meeting schedules.

The Agency unanimously approved all of the items, with the modification that the Area Plan be approved without a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) option.  The simplest definition of a TIF comes from Wikipedia: “A public financing method that is used as a subsidy for redevelopment, infrastructure, and other community-improvement projects.”

The Hernando Sun all local Christmas gift list

Finding a gift is often a difficult task, many of the people we buy gifts for can afford to buy any of these gifts themselves, so if they really wanted it they probably already have it.  One way to find a unique gift is to stay local. A gift from where you live will be unique in another area, so it is more likely to be appreciated. Local gifts are usually handmade by individuals living in your community or are the products of small businesses.

Dawn Center is one of 100 agencies nationwide to receive Mary Kay grant


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More than 72,000 adult and child abuse victims in the United States receive domestic violence services in a single average day, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. And locally, the Dawn Center for Domestic and Sexual Violence served more than 1,900 survivors in Hernando County last year alone. Now, the center who helps so many itself will receive a helping hand.