Local and State

Poll points to trouble for many ballot proposals

TALLAHASSEE --- Only four of the 13 state constitutional amendments on the November ballot have enough voter support to be enacted, according to a poll from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The poll, conducted in late May and early June, showed four amendments with the necessary 60 percent of voter support. They are:

--- Amendment 1, which would expand the homestead property-tax exemption. It was placed on the ballot by the Legislature, with the chamber survey showing 67 percent of voters in support, 22 percent opposed and 11 percent undecided.

 Robbery and Attempted Sexual Battery - Bridgewater Club Apartment Complex

On 06-02-18 at approximately 2:10 a.m., Hernando County deputies were called to the Bridgewater Club Apartment complex regarding a Robbery and Attempted Sexual Battery that had just occurred.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a female resident was walking to her apartment, from another location within the complex, when she was attacked.

Hernando schools increase number of college grads

BROOKSVILLE – This year, 29 high school seniors will walk across the graduation stage and receive the second of 2 degrees they earned while attending Hernando County schools. By participating in the Dual Enrollment program, these students have earned both their high school diploma and an Associate of Arts Degree (AA) from Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC). With an increase of 8 students over last year’s 21 graduates, district leaders attribute the increase to strong academic advisement by certified school counselors.

June 1: Sheriff's Office replaces Brooksville PD

A faint outline of where the ‘Brooksville Police’ lettering was once boldly fixed is visible on the outside of the city department’s former headquarters.  June 1, 2018: the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office will now oversee law enforcement within the city of Brooksville and several former Brooksville Police Officers will be sworn in to serve as Sheriff’s Deputies.

Graphic arts students use their talent to design patrol vehicle wraps

 Spring Hill, FL- “...Sometimes we think that kids aren’t going to be able to do the as good a job as adults but I’m happy to report I was wrong,” Sheriff Al Nienhuis admitted in front of Nature Coast Technical High School.


He was referring to the spectacular new designs wrapped on two deputy vehicles, courtesy of NCT’s Graphic Arts class. The finished product of the designs on the deputy vehicles were revealed to the public last Wednesday morning at 9AM at NCT.

The Hernando Sun Newspaper Completes Circulation Audit

Last month, we completed our initial audit with the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) which is the pre-eminent newspaper circulation auditing firm. The task took our small team several months to complete as we could only devote one day per week between issues. Lisa MacNeil created a database for our circulation records, which she is still polishing. Our store delivery staff had to keep exact records of the numbers of newspapers dropped off and picked up at each location.

Honor Student Alyssa Nixon Nominated for The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA

BROOKSVILLE, FL — Alyssa Nixon, an upcoming Senior at Hernando High School of Brooksville has been chosen to be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 25--27, 2018. She was nominated by Dr. Mario Capecchi, a molecular geneticist who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for creating a method to breed mice in which a certain gene is turned off- they are coined “knockoff mice.” Capecchi, born in Verona, Italy also serves as Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

Citizens unhappy with garbage rate hikes and MSBU for mandatory areas

The Board of County Commissioners found themselves in a quandary, having signed a contract with Republic Waste Management establishing several unpopular service changes including rate increases in the face of poor job performance by Republic.  To not approve the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) assessment establishment on the May 22, 2018 agenda would be in breach of their contract with Republic. In the end, the board voted unanimously to establish the MSBU.
The 6th amendment to the contract with Republic was adopted and signed October 24, 2017, and included the following: