Dukes Proposes ESL Funds to Remove Invasive Plants in Hernando Beach

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Hernando Beach, invasive plants

Commissioner Wayne Dukes shared photos with the Board of County Commissioners of lead trees and other invasive plants along canals and marshland in Hernando Beach. The trees are all on county property, growing along the right of way and obscuring the water. Commissioner Dukes stated that property owners usually keep their yards mowed, preventing the trees from taking hold.

Bienstock, Laferty deliver clutch hits for Eagles

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Springstead's Stephen Bienstock runs to third base during Thursday night's game at Central. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

BROOKSVILLE – A comfortable lead completely erased, Springstead teetered on the brink of a painful county loss Thursday night.
Host Central had rallied from an early 5-0 deficit, knotting the score at 6-all in the bottom of the sixth inning. But Stephen Bienstock and Luke Laferty had pivotal RBI singles in a four-run seventh, and the Eagles pulled out a 10-6 victory.
“There’s not a feeling like it,” Bienstock said. “Pulling a win out like that, that’s the best.”

Sheriff Al Nienhuis Proposes Percentage Based Budget

Sheriff Al Nienhuis

Many may recall that determining the Sheriff's office budget for the current fiscal year was not a smooth process. The county discussed implementing a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for the Sheriff's office on two occasions which would give the office its own line item on the tax bill. The Sheriff has been in opposition to this move, stating it puts all of the burden on those who pay property taxes.

Shooting in South Brooksville

Hernando Sun Staff

Photo by HCSO, Shooting South Brooksville March 16, 2016

A shooting occurred around 10:30 am on March 16 at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Twigg Street. A male caller who had been shot notified the 9-1-1 dispatcher at 10:32 a.m.

The victim was uncooperative with law enforcement when they arrived, but was air lifted to a local trauma center. According to the Sheriff's Office his injuries are currently considered non-life threatening. Detectives are in the area investigating the incident and are trying to identify any witnesses.

Hernando County Concerned Over Pasco Mine Proposed by Trinity Developer

Julie Maglio contributed to this story.

Location of proposed Seven Diamonds Mine 16303 US Hwy 41, Spring Hill

At the February 9, 2016 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, Environmental Services Director Susan Goebel-Canning answered questions relating to Pasco County’s proposed mine which would be located just south of County Line Road (about 5.5 miles north of S.R. 52) and how aquifer water quality in the Weeki Wachee spring shed area might become affected.

Hernando County's Master Gardeners Looking for New Volunteers

Dr. Lester is a UF/IFAS Extension Horticulture Agent

Master gardener

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Service performs many valuable services for Florida’s residents. Many of the programs that Extension deals with involve horticulture: working with local farmers, teaching classes on gardening, and working in the local schools. But since most counties have maybe one horticulture agent, we get spread a little thin sometimes. This is where our volunteers, the Master Gardeners come in handy.

Will History Repeat Itself: Stolen Primary of 1916

Sidney J. Catts

One hundred years ago, the 1916 Democratic primary for Governor of Florida featured several strong candidates including former state legislator Frank A. Wood, former Speaker of the House Ian Ferris, and state Treasurer William B. Knott. It also featured an outsider candidate: a one-eyed, red-haired baptist preacher Sidney J Catts known as the "Cracker Messiah."