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Hernando commission, sheriff settle differences with $1.26 million budget increase

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Robert McBain will be retiring in late June from his position as minister of music at First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill. [Photo Courtesy of First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill]

Church's departing music minister to present Palm Sunday concert

SPRING HILL — When he came to Hernando County five years ago to become the minister of music at First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, renowned conductor Robert McBain said he believed the church was "poised for great growth." McBain felt the new position would allow him to build the music ministry and take  …

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  1. Recent Hernando School District decisions raise questions of transparency

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — When the Hernando County School Board gathered last week for a retreat at a gated community, it was required by state law to notify the public of the event, said Barbara Petersen, president of the Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation.

    It didn't.

    Recent moves by  superinten­dent Lori Romano have also raised transparency questions.
  2. At new West Marine store, the focus is all about the water

    Retail

    SPRING HILL — The next best thing to cavorting on or in Florida waters might be a dewy-eyed wade through the depths of recently opened West Marine.

    As water sports enthusiasts gear up for warmer river, bay and gulf waters, Will Henster at West Marine says kayaks are in big demand.
 [Photo by Beth N. Gray]
  3. Hernando Briefs for March 31

    Briefs

    COUNTYWIDE

    AARP to offer driver safety program

  4. Reading corner at Spring Hill Elementary allows kids to curl up with books

    K12

    SPRING HILL — It can be really nice to curl up in a comfy chair and read a book, and Spring Hill Elementary School has recognized this with the creation of the Goodnight Moon reading corner in the school's media center.

    First-graders Dominic Ciccarello, 6, and Crystal Ni, 7, enjoy Spring Hill Elementary's Goodnight Moon reading corner. It is in librarian Susan Timberlake's media center and was created by school volunteer/community member Cindi Sierak.
  5. Hometown Hernando for March 31

    Human Interest

    We want your news! Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our count. Contact Hometown Hernando news coordinator Jean Hamilton at: PHONE (352) 848-1438, FAX (352) 754-6133, EMAIL jhamilton@tampabay.com.

    Kiwanis club recognizes Publix manager: The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill recently recognized Lisa Williams, manager of the Publix supermarket in Weeki Wachee, for her support of the club’s mission to help underprivileged children in Hernando County. Ann Faith, left, club president, and Dr. Stanley Antonoff, right, visited Williams at the grocery store to present her with a plaque.
  6. Hernando County real estate transactions for March 31, 2017

    Real Estate

    BROOKSVILLE

    25344 Croom Rd., to George Steven Zeniou & Kitty Gill Zeniou by John W. Kibbit & Susan I. Kibbit, $345,000, 02/17/2017.

  7. Hernando commission, sheriff settle differences with $1.26 million budget increase

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — A familiar proposal to fund a portion of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office through a special taxing district came to a familiar end Tuesday when the County Commission turned down the idea with an informal vote before a packed house of residents who opposed the idea.

    It took less than five …