Lisa MacNeil

Ten arrested on human trafficking charges

by LISA MCNEIL
HERNANDO SUN REPORTER

Sheriff Al Nienhuis was the first to speak at the press conference held on Friday, May 17, 2019.  He said,

“Oftentimes, when we hear ‘human trafficking,’ it’s easy for us to think of a very big city, and maybe the victims who were kidnapped from some foreign land and brought over here and forced to work in some sort of slave labor and prostitution.  But, unfortunately it’s not unusual to have individuals right here in the United States that are forced into this type of activity.”

Hernando County will continue participation in water supply authority

by LISA MACNEIL

At the May 14, 2019 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) regular meeting, the board members voted 5-0 in favor of drafting a letter to notify the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority (WRWSA) of their continued participation, while reviewing of whether or not the county will continue to be a member of the four-county independent water authority.

HCSO deputies resucitate man, save his life.

By LISA MACNEIL
Hernando Sun Reporter

Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Deputy Jeff McDougal was on routine patrol around 2:30 AM  in Ridge Manor on May 3, 2019.  He was called to perform an area check after someone had called 911 from a cell phone, and hung up before any information could be obtained by the Emergency Dispatcher.  

While investigating the source of the call, McDougal encountered a couple taking a walk.  Unusual for the late hour, he stopped to ask the couple if they had any knowledge of a problem or disturbance nearby.  They did not. 

Lake Townsend preliminary public meeting

by LISA MACNEIL
Hernando Sun Reporter

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, approximately 20 residents met with Conservation Lands Specialist Michael Singer and Planning Director Ron Pianta under a pavilion at Lake Townsend park to discuss their concerns over restoration efforts.  A preliminary public meeting, interested parties submitted written suggestions and voiced concerns over recent prescribed burns and clearing maneuvers that have resulted in the removal hardwood trees, commonly known as ‘oak’ and others.  

Tidal Brewing celebrates first anniversary

By LISA MACNEIL

One year later, Tidal Brewing Company has more brews on their menu, and a full house to celebrate.

At their grand opening, one year ago, Dave and Maxine Peitzman outfitted their brewhouse to serve beer lovers of pilsners to porters.  They’ve been successful.
On the day before Cinco de Mayo, no one is drinking tequila at Tidal. On this date, Tidal Brewing Company celebrates one year of great beer, brewed entirely on-site.  Tidal began with 12 brews a year ago. Today,  their menu has expanded to 16.  They also offer sangria and Pinot Grigio.

New therapies promise faster PTSD recovery

By LISA MACNEIL
Hernando Sun Reporter

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is commonly thought to affect military veterans, especially those close to combat situations.  Not often is PTSD associated with law enforcement and other first responders, medical personnel, or even emergency dispatch personnel.  

Former Major Crimes Detective Cole Brinson put this into perfect perspective, in his case, law enforcement.   “Here we are, you’ve got the same bullets flying by you.  You get hit by them sometimes.  (We) deal with death…”  

High school senior organizes seminar on vape awareness

by LISA MACNEIL
HERNANDO SUN REPORTER

In a packed auditorium at Hernando High School, Senior Malia Williams gave a very personal account of her sixteen year old sister’s frightening experience while experimenting with others using an eCigarette, or ‘vape.’  

Shortly after puffing on the device, her sister’s heart rate soared to a dangerously high rate.  Doctors would later report that the fluid within contained arsenic.  “That’s rat poison!” Williams told the audience.

Sinking of the 'Ghost Ship'

Roughly two years ago, Hernando County Port Authority Vice Chairman Steve Barton was working on a boat at the Hernando Beach Marina when he noticed another boat nearby in obvious disrepair.  Barton approached the Marina owner who told him, “Man we’ve been trying to get rid of that for years.”

Barton thought this large vessel constructed of ferroconcrete would make a great addition to the Bendickson reef.

Local company loses out on airport engineering contract

by LISA MACNEIL

This article coincides with the following April 9, 2019 BOCC agenda item:

Purchasing and Contracts Manager James Wunderle
7. Continuation of Discussion Regarding Approval of Ranking Order and Authorization of Contract Negotiations With Highest-Ranked Firms for Airport Engineering Services (RFQ No. 18-RG0128/PH)

In Aug. 2018, the county issued a Request for Proposals for extensive engineering services at the airport.  The awarded companies would receive a 5 year contract.