Local News

Purchasing and Contracts Department relocating

(Submitted by Hernando Co. Gov)

(Brooksville, FL) The Hernando County Purchasing and Contracts Department announces it will be relocating from the Government Center located at 20 North Main Street in Brooksville to the Building Department located at 1653 Blaise Drive in Brooksville.

Beginning March 1, 2018 at noon, the Purchasing and Contracts Office will be closed and reopen with limited staff beginning March 5 and with all staff March 6.

The Purchasing and Contracts Office phone (352) 754-4020 and fax (352) 754-4199 will remain the same.

Commissioners vote in favor of submitting $1.4 million proposal for taking over city's fire service

On Feb. 15, 2018 Brooksville City Manager Mark Kutney, contacted Hernando County Administrator Len Sossamon at the direction of the City Council for the purpose of having Hernando County propose provisions and terms connected with Hernando County providing fire and rescue services to the incorporated areas of Hernando County.

County and School District approve funding for additional SROs

Sheriff Al Nienhuis, School Board Chairman Mark Johnson, Dr. Lori Romano School District Superintendent and Capt. Harold Hutchinson Jr. who oversees the SRO Unit in attendance at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Feb. 26, 2018 to finalize additional SRO funding.

On Feb. 27, the BOCC approved funding for the immediate addition of 10 School Resource Officers, a SRO Sergeant, a floating SRO and a SRO Training Officer through September 30, 2018 (Remaining amount of the County's Fiscal Year). They gave approval contingent on the school district funding 50% of the $887,107 expense, which was approved unanimously by the School Board during a packed regular meeting later that day.

Possible Civil War munition found in Spring Hill

On Monday Feb. 26, 2018 a homeowner on Oakridge Drive called the Sheriff’s Office to report an object he found while digging in his yard. Deputies identified it as a possible munition and called the Citrus County Bomb Squad and Macdill Air Force Base for assistance.

The individual from MacDill AFB indicated the object may have possibly been a munition from the Civil War era and removed it.

During the Civil War, known conflicts in Hernando County include the Battle of Bayport and the Brooksville Raid.

Dispose of tires for free at Tire Amnesty Day

(Brooksville, FL) The Hernando County Mosquito Control Department (MCD), in conjunction with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will be hosting a Tire Amnesty Day on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hernando County Fairgrounds located at 6436 Broad Street in Brooksville. During this event, Hernando County residents will have the opportunity to dispose of an unlimited number of tires, free of charge, to reduce container breeding mosquitoes and discourage illegal dumping and storage.

Texas Roadhouse Gives Ten Percent to Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund

On Monday, February 26, Texas Roadhouse restaurants across Florida (not St. Petersburg location) and select locations in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri will host a special fundraiser to benefit the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund. The fund was created by the Broward Education Foundation to aid the victims and families of the February 14 tragedy. The restaurants will donate 10% of all food sales that day to the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

When:
Monday, February 26
4:00 - 10:00 p.m.

County, Sheriff’s Office and School District work out funding for additional School Resource Officers

Sheriff Al Nienhuis speaks to Hernando County Commission about additional SROs on Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018.

In consideration of the atrocity out of Broward County last week, Sheriff Nienhuis, School Board Chairman Mark Johnson and the Board of County Commissioners discussed funding 10 additional School Resource Officers (SRO), an additional SRO Sergeant and a floating SRO for Hernando County public schools. The discussion occurred prior to a county commission workshop on Feb. 20., 2018. The Sheriff will be putting together a $600,000 to $650,000 budget amendment to bring before the county commissioners next Tuesday Feb. 27, 2018 during their regularly scheduled meeting.