Business and Community

Winemaking the modern way


Gone are the days where grape stomping was used in traditional winemaking to release the juices and begin the fermentation process. 

Nowadays, winemaking doesn’t have to be as theatrical or energetic and with absolutely no bare feet involved whatsoever. All one needs are the right ingredients like those sold by Lori Stover and Pat Bassett at Once Upon a Vine in Spring Hill. 

Battle of the Badges

At Jerome Brown center softball field in Brooksville on Friday night Dec. 7, 2018, staff from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and Hernando County Detention Center came together to play a friendly yet competitive softball game for one cause: Veterans.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office partnered up with CareerSource of Pasco Hernando County to raise donations for Veterans Support and was hosted by The Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, INC.  

Springstead High School Student Collects Gifts for Hospital Patients

Ashlyn Ware knows what it's like to be in the hospital. The fifteen-year-old Springstead High School freshman has been hospitalized three times in the past year or so. She was a patient at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa undergoing tests and treatments for what the doctors believe is an autoimmune disorder. When she was hospitalized in December of 2017 she saw how the children reacted when they were given presents from a local organization and decided she wanted to do something similar.

CEMEX Brooksville supports local firefighters, hosts rescue training

 In November, CEMEX hosted more than 30 area firefighters at its Brooksville South Cement Plant to provide first responders the opportunity to conduct high-angle rescue training and practice operating at heights.

The firefighters from Hernando County, Pasco County and Tampa’s Fire Department visited the CEMEX facility November 8 for the specialized training where first responders simulated rescue operations using the height of two clinker silos at the cement plant.

Looking back on the major stories of 2018

City of Brooksville disbands police department

On March 5, 2018 the City of Brooksville voted to seek an Interlocal Agreement with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. This effectively disbanded the Brooksville Police Department. The Sheriff’s Office started providing law enforcement services to the city on June 1, 2018. Nine officers of the former Brooksville Police Department (BPD) were sworn in as Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) deputies on June 1, 2018.

Hernando Beach Seafood denied rezoning that would facilitate relocating stone crab operation

Hernando Beach Seafood would like to move their stone crab operation from Calienta St. to their property at Nature Coast Marina on Shoal Line Blvd. In order to do that they submitted the rezoning application to allow “seafood products to be taken off of the fishing vessels and to load ice and bait on said vessels.”     The rezoning was met with much opposition from the community and the P & Z Board recommended denial.  The Board of County Commissioners followed the recommendation of denial at the regular BOCC meeting on Dec. 11.

Teen raises nearly $10k for Dawn Center

When meeting Alyssa Barocas you would never guess that the shy, soft-spoken thirteen-year-old is a powerhouse of fundraising and public relations. However, the eighth grade student at Gulf Coast Academy raised almost $10,000 for the Dawn Center (a shelter for victims of domestic and sexual violence). The project started as an assignment given to her Social Studies class by their teacher, Sandra Brown.