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Hometown Military Heroine Shelane Etchison

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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.

Suspicious late night fire displaces family in Brooksville

A media release from Hernando County Fire Rescue reports that a fire at 5399 Broad Street may have been intentionally set.  Hernando Fire rescue received a 911 call at 10:39 pm on June 21, 2020, reporting the fire.

Units from both Hernando County Fire Rescue and City of Brooksville Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene within 6 minutes per the media release.  The front porch was fully consumed by the fire and was quickly spreading into the home.  Responders were able to get the fire under control within 30 minutes.

Facebook Group Kerfuffle

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WMNF 88.5 an non-commercial, community station which carries NPR in Tampa wrote an article and shared screenshots of posts to a private Facebook group called 'Defend Hernando County' that they categorized as "overtly racist and incendiary calls for violence."
They only shared the partial posts and all usernames were blocked out.
The first partial post started with: