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Articles from the March 24, 2024 edition

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  • Great News for Beach Goers - Pine Island Park is Now Open

    Tom Lemons, March 28, 2024|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    SPRING HILL – Pine Island Park has finally reopened after being closed for several months due to damage from Hurricane Idalia. Officials say the storm caused major damage to the infrastructure in Pine Island Park, requiring significant repairs. Alfred McKethan Pine Island Park is located at 10840 Pine Island Dr., in Spring Hill and is open from 8:30am to sunset, 7 days a week. The parking fee is $5 per car (credit card only). Handicapped placards and Disabled Veterans are e...

  • Gangs, Guns, and Drugs Wreaking Havoc in Spring Hill

    Tom Lemons, March 28, 2024|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    SPRING HILL – The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a shooting that took place in the vicinity of Berkeley Manor Blvd early Wednesday morning. Deputies responded to Mermaid's Lounge just after 1:00 a.m., after receiving 911 calls about a male standing outside the establishment firing shots into the air. Shortly after the first 911 call, dispatchers received additional reports of gunfire on Berkeley Manor Blvd. Numerous deputies responded to M...

  • Champion Blasts Fellow Commissioners for Out-of-Control Spending

    Tom Lemons, March 27, 2024|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Yesterday's Board of County Commissioners meeting left citizens and county workers wondering if four of the five commissioners they voted for should switch party affiliation and move to Washington, D.C. All five commissioners are registered Republicans but after recent votes to raise property taxes, approve a $350-milion Master Plan for Sheriff Al Nienhuis, set a referendum for a 1-cent sales tax increase to pay for it, and give the County Administrator a 30% p...

  • Teen Recognized by County Commissioners for Installing Life Ring Stations

    Tom Lemons, March 27, 2024|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – Earlier this year, R News published an exclusive report on a local Springstead High School senior who decided to do something very special for the citizens of Hernando County. Yesterday, during the Hernando Board of County Commissioners meeting, Commissioners recognized Jesse Kolberg for his work in establishing the Life Ring Stations throughout the Hernando County Parks & Recreation Waterways locations. Kolberg conducted an Eagle Scout project to establish o...

  • Nienhuis Flies Narverud to Brevard County on Recon Mission, May Have Violated FAA Reg

    Tom Lemons, March 25, 2024|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    BROOKSVILLE – It is no secret that Hernando Board of County Commissioner Chairwoman Beth Narverud and Sheriff Al Nienhuis are no fans of County Animal Services Director James Terry, and a recent unsanctioned trip to Brevard County by the duo may be an indication of major changes coming to the facility. But that's not all. Sheriff Nienhuis may have violated FAA regulations by chartering their flight in his private plane. On March 15, 2024, Chairwoman Narverud published p...

  • Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Children on Social Media

    Tom Lemons, March 25, 2024|Updated Mar 25, 2024

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 3, which prohibits children under the age of 14 from becoming social media account holders and allows 14- and 15-year-olds to become account holders with parental consent. The bill will provide the following protections: • Prevents a minor who is younger than 14 years of age from becoming a social media account holder. • Empowers parents to decide whether 14- and 15-year-olds can have a social media account. • Prote...

  • Motorcyclist Dies in Crash on Spring Hill Drive

    Tom Lemons, March 24, 2024|Updated Mar 25, 2024

    SPRING HILL – The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a motorcyclist who was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Spring Hill Drive earlier today. According to officials, a Kia Soul driven by an 81-year-old Hudson man was traveling on Cobblestone Drive, attempting to cross Spring Hill Drive. The driver failed to yield to a motorcycle that was traveling eastbound on Spring Hill Drive. As a result, the motorcycle collided with the driver-side door of the Kia S...

  • Early Morning Fire Destroys Mobile Home

    Tom Lemons|Updated Mar 24, 2024

    MASSARYKTOWN – An early morning fire destroyed a mobile home and injured one person. According to Hernando County Fire Rescue, just after 2:30 a.m., firefighters responded to the 200 block of Monroe Ave where they discovered a mobile home fully engulfed in flames. All occupants escaped the home, but the owner was transported to a nearby hospital to be evaluated for smoke inhalation. Officials say the cause is under investigation, but it is suspected to be electrical in n...

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