Local and State

Hernando County Sheriff's Office remembers Deputy John Mecklenburg

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office honored the memory Deputy John Mecklenburg on July 3, 2018.  Mecklenburg was killed in the line of duty, in the early morning hours, on July 3, 2011. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard stood guard at the Fallen Deputies Memorial located in front of the Sheriff’s Office headquarters on July 3, 2018 from 0700 to 0900.

Teachers, Unions Challenge New Law

July 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida teachers and unions filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the constitutionality of a new law that requires local unions to represent 50 percent or more of instructional personnel.

The law, which passed during this year’s legislative session and took effect Sunday, enacted a series of major changes in the public-school system.

County Approves Changes to Red Bus Route and Fares

At the June 26, 2018 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) regular meeting, Commissioners unanimously approved changes to the red route of TheBus.  According to Assistant County Administrator Ron Pianta, the red route has been having difficulties meeting its time points even after a slight modification in 2017.  The change is expected to save taxpayers money, as well as improve the timeliness of the service.

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.