Local News

Hernando Symphony Orchestra has a new venue

By MEGAN HUSSEY
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For more than four decades, The Hernando Symphony Orchestra has filled the halls and gatherings of Hernando with the sounds of popular music, performed by virtuoso musicians who play everything from pop hits to holiday music, movie themes to jazzy favorites and Broadway tunes.

The music was silenced this spring, when--in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic--the orchestra's April concert was, like many public events and programs, canceled. 

“Solid Waste Disposal Cost Increase” and Oakley Island Septic to Sewer

by Kathryn Dentato
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At the June 23, 2020, County Commission meeting, Utilities Director Gordon Onderdonk sought to put commissioners’ minds at ease regarding the title of the agenda item. The budget resolution was for an internal adjustment due to unforeseen cost increases, not to add to the taxpayer burden. 

Hometown Military Heroine Shelane Etchison

By MEGAN HUSSEY
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The Fourth of July holiday is the perfect time to honor local heroes--and heroines. Spring Hill native Shelane Etchison is one of six Floridians recognized by the Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) as a 2020 Tillman Scholar. Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active duty service members, veterans and military spouses through investment in their education and professional development. 

Oak Hill Hospital Announces New Temporary Visitor Policy Effective June 30

Brooksville, Florida -  (June 29, 2020) – Oak Hill Hospital is implementing a new visitor policy on Tuesday, June 30, 2020,  as a result of the increase in the community spread of COVID-19 in Hernando County.  No visitors will be permitted for admitted inpatients to help ensure the safety of our patients and caregivers (limited exceptions noted below). The policy is as follows:

Hernando County Boat Ramp Boat Fire Injures 4, 6/27/2020

On 06-27-20 at 8:47 a.m., Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR) received a 911 call for a boat fire at the Hernando County Boat Ramp, located at 4477 Caliente St. There were reports that there were 5 family members on board, 4 of them with burn injuries. HCFR arrived on scene within 6 minutes and found flames in the rear of the boat and began to triage the 4 burn victims.