August 2019

Interfund Loans to Ease Shortages

Budget Director Stephanie Russ introduced the policy revision (No. 29-01) that allows for Interfund Loans.  Put simply, a budget fund with a shortage could borrow from another fund. Such a policy will prevent the necessity to secure external loans, which are accompanied by interest and fees.   This has been common practice, however an official policy has never been written. This policy was approved by the board unanimously.

Audio Revenge

At first my wife called her new cats Lavern and Shirley.  But then our granddaughter, Sneaks, identified one as a male, so my wife decided on Agatha and Holmes.  I told her that didn’t make sense. If one is named after Agatha Christie, the other should be named after Arthur Conan Doyle: Christie and Doyle.  Or even better, Marple and Holmes; just don’t mix authors and characters! But my wife is confusedly insistent.

Math Teacher Recognized in the Monthly Thank a Teacher Program

For Ms. Lorraine Armstrong, a sixth grade math teacher at West Hernando Middle School, probably started off last Friday Aug. 23 like any other school day: greeting her first period students and teaching her classes throughout the day. But the day ended on an unusual note when her last period class was visited by a group of people bearing balloons and cupcakes. 

Habitat Hernando

On Thursday August 7th, on the 1600 block of Daytona Street in Spring Hill, Habitat for Humanity of Hernando, a Christian based organization, held a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the culmination of their two newest home building projects in Hernando County.  Through Habitat’s “Homeowner Program,” two families applied and were approved for housing through Habitat’s home building program.

Butterflies Galore

On August 24 butterfly enthusiasts of all ages gathered together to count as many butterflies as they could in twenty minutes for the annual Butterfly Count held at Chinsegut Conservation Center in Brooksville. 

“Butterflies are incredibly important indicators of environmental quality. They can tell us if there are the right plants present and the right quantity. They’ll tell us if there is a pesticide that is affecting their reproduction. They are very sensitive to changes in environmental conditions,” said Gina Long, Director; Chinsegut Conservation Center. 

Boys Golf

In boys golf last week, Central High School had a match against Hernando High.  Here is the breakdown of individual golfer scores.


Central Scores

Ryan Schubert, 64 

Ryan Schmidt, 68  

Kyle Gates, 64 

Elijah Murphy, 67

Justin Gay, 70


Hernando High Scores

Pierson Miller, 48

Steven Taylor, 47

Zackary Thompson,  57

Gage Richard, 52

Michael Gardland, 47

Noah Cox, 47

Detectives Investigating Domestic Violence - Murder Suicide

On 08-31-19 just after 6 a.m., Hernando County deputies were dispatched to a residence in Weeki Wachee (Glen Lakes) regarding a Home Invasion.

A person inside the residence called 9-1-1 to summon help. The caller told the 9-1-1 operator that someone had made entry into the home and that shots were being fired. The caller and at least one other person hid in a closet throughout the incident and until the arrival of law enforcement.

Upon arrival, deputies observed broken glass at the front door. Deputies quickly made a tactical entry into the residence.

County to Purchase Property to Realign Petit Lane, Using Gas Tax Funds

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted 4-0 Tuesday, August 27, 2019 to purchase two parcels of property in Hernando Beach in order to realign the intersection of Petit Lane/Caliente Street/Shoal Line Blvd. intersections.  The price of the two parcels is $400,000, and is to be purchased with funds from the gas tax.

Two additional parcels to the north of the parcels currently under contract are also being considered, however it has not been determined if they will be offered for sale.