News Briefs

HCUD penalized by State for sewage overflow during Irma

The state of Florida issued Hernando County Utility Department a violation for sewage overflow due to Hurricane Irma, incurring a $6,000 penalty plus a $500 administrative fee.

In a letter to Chairman Champion and the Board of County Commissioners, Mary Yeargan the Florida Department of Environmental Protection District Director explains that their findings conclude the county released 33,225 gallons of untreated wastewater into the Gulf of Mexico, which then entered into a wetland area.

Humane Society Rummage

Ben Moser, Margo Darcangelo, Lisa Hannaford

The Humane Society this past week was raising money to feed and house their animals. A hundred percent of the donations go to the animals at the Humane Society. The conductor of the rummage sale was Lisa Hannaford and with her were six other volunteers.

All the goods at the rummage salewere donated to them by many kind hearted people.

In the Humane Society they keep a small staff so they can spend more money on the pets than on staff. They have 7 people on staff and there are around 300 volunteers.

If you want to donate call the Humane Society at (352) 796-2711.

National Weather Service Advisory 3/19/18

Overview: Showers and thunderstorms will move across the Nature Coast the remainder of today ahead of an approaching cold front. The storms will then push south into west central and southwest Florida on Tuesday in tandem with the front, and some severe storms will be possible.


• Damaging wind gusts, 1-2” hail, frequent lightning, and isolated tornados will be possible with the strongest storms, mainly Tuesday morning and early afternoon

Joshua McAdams, ‘Local Forager’ to guide BGC on new Chinsegut Hill Nature Trail

Photo courtesy of Joshua McAdams pictured with son, Noah, and their basket of their recently picked wild mushrooms (Chanterelles)

Brooksville Garden Club Membership will picnic on the verandas and surrounding areas of Chinsegut Manor House & Retreat Center, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville, 34601, 352-799-5400, on Wednesday, April 11th. While having a BYOBag (and lawn chair) lunch at 12 Noon (soft beverages supplied by the Club), fellow Member, Marie O’Neill, will speak of the Hill’s native & exotic plants with a walking tour of the grounds for those interested. Membership and guests who enjoy hiking will have an added treat. The newly created Hill's Hiking Trail will be guided by Joshua McAdams.

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.

Reading Day at the Library

Susanne Whelan, center, the moderator of the Hernando County Library System Writing Group, with members of the group before their first Reading Day presentation.

The Hernando County Library System Writing Group presented its first Reading Day on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the Spring Hill Branch Library. Members of the group read their short stories, essays, poetry and some observations from around the world. There was also satire, biographical pieces and life experiences from people in the group. The group includes published authors of two children’s books, a science fiction book and a play.

Rays Fire Team Doctor

The Tampa Bay Rays fired their team doctor on Tuesday, after videos surfaced on YouTube showing a woman accusing him of sexual assault.

Dr. Michael Reilly, who has been with the Rays since their inception, is accused of sexually abusing a woman between eight and 10 years ago starting when she was a teenager. The abuse is said to have lasted for three years while she was an employee of Reilly’s medical practice.

John Higgins, the Rays’ senior vice president of administration and general counsel released a statement on the matter.

Tidal Brewing Company prepares their brewhouse


David Peitzman, co-owner of Tidal Brewing Company recently gave The Hernando Sun a sneak peek into Tidal’s brewhouse. The brewing equipment has been installed, completely transforming the former car wash in the plaza on Spring Hill Drive and Barclay Avenue. Each tank holds five barrels (BBLs) which is 155 gallons.

“We will always have a rotating variety on tap,” said Peitzman.

There is currently no date set for the grand opening, but the Peitzmans are excited to see the establishment take shape.