Local and State

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:

Tax 'holiday' to trim cost of stocking up for storms

TALLAHASSEE --- With a sales-tax “holiday” starting next week, retailers are expecting big spending on disaster-preparedness supplies by Floridians who have fresh memories of Hurricane Irma.

The six-month hurricane season arrives June 1, along with a weeklong period in which state and local sales taxes will be lifted on a list of disaster supplies. The discount period, for example, means about 90 cents to $1.05 in sales taxes will not be applied to a $15 package of batteries or $45 to $52 is left off the purchase of a generator that costs $750.

$1.2 million for Hernando Beach Fire Station renovation

The Hernando Beach Fire Rescue Station #6 will be receiving a $1.2 million construction grant from the state for a renovation project.  The grant is a result of appropriations made by the Florida Legislature during the 2018 session to support local fire departments. It must be distributed during the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  The grant period begins July 1, 2018 and will be allocated through reimbursement.


Springstead High School Air Force JROTC Awards Presentation

Springstead High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Awards Presentation took place on April 26, 2018.  The unit is under the command of Lt Col Darryl Sweetwine, USAF (ret) as the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor. The event was well attended and the student cadets were spirited and professional.


Article submitted by Dennis E. Foley, Lt Col, USAFR (ret)
Vice President, Waterman Twining Chapter, Air Force Association

Dr. Singh

On May 8, 2018 the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners recognized prominent local doctor, Pariksith Singh M.D. with a resolution which reads in part:


“WHEREAS, PARIKSITH SINGH, M.D., is board certified in Internal Medicine. He received his medical education in India and completed his residency in New York. Upon completion of his residency, DR. PARIKSITH SINGH relocated with his family to Florida and worked for several years before establishing Access Health Care, LLC, in 2001; and