Local and State

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


County Fire/EMS funding mechanisms discussed at workshop

A recent surprise shortfall in the county’s budget was the impetus for the workshop that was held on May 1, 2018. The board voted unanimously to end the Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU)* for the fire department, while keeping the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU).  EMS will be funded by money borrowed from other internal funds and the exploration of a half-cent sales tax to bolster the General Fund will take place in another meeting on May 22, 2018.

Alison Pager semifinalist for Presidential Scholars Program

Alison Pager, a graduating senior at Hernando High School, is part of an elite group of students across the nation.  She is one of 630 semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. There are only 31 semifinalists from the state of Florida.  There was an initial pool of 5300 student candidates from around the country.