Category Archives: Hernando County

Upicktopia Opens Friday with Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin patch is open for business on our regular hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM. We have a few cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini available as well. We have a lot of things planted, including the strawberries that will be here in the near future.

Sign up for Salsa Canning Workshop Nov. 4

Making and canning your own salsa is fun, easy and healthy. Learn how at the upcoming salsa canning workshop on November 4, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Little Rock Cannery located at 15487 Citrus Way in Brooksville. This four-hour, hands-on workshop will provide the basics for preparing homemade salsa with fresh … Continue reading Sign up for Salsa Canning Workshop Nov. 4

Help Survey of Hernando County Emergency Communications

In preparation for Hurricane Irma, Hernando County Emergency Management utilized many tools to provide warnings and emergency messages to residents. To learn more about the effectiveness of our messaging, we are supporting the efforts of a graduate student at the University of Florida with a timely survey on this topic. We encourage everyone to participate. … Continue reading Help Survey of Hernando County Emergency Communications

20th Anniversary Book Sale at the Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore

For the entire month of October, the Friends of the Library of Hernando County are celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a big sale at their Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore. Stock up on books for your kids or classroom by stuffing a bag of Children’s books for $1.50! You can also stuff a bag full of … Continue reading 20th Anniversary Book Sale at the Little Red Schoolhouse Bookstore

Paychecks for Patriots Job Fair Nov. 8

Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) and CareerSource Pasco Hernando, in cooperation with Congressman Daniel Webster, are seeking employers to participate in the Paychecks for Patriots Job Fair scheduled on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at the PHSC North Campus in Brooksville, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Local … Continue reading Paychecks for Patriots Job Fair Nov. 8

How The Arc Survived Hurricane Irma

Story written by Nancy Stubbs, Development Director of The Arc Nature Coast, and photos contributed by Mark Barry, Executive Director of The Arc Nature Coast (reprinted with permission) We have been fortunate that since we opened our Education Center & Hurricane Evacuation Shelter in 2012, we haven’t had to activate the Hurricane Shelter. That is, until … Continue reading How The Arc Survived Hurricane Irma

Hotline now available for Hurricane Irma cleanup

Hernando County Office of Emergency Management announces that through October 15, 2017, residents can call 1-800-451-1954 to receive help with home cleanup due to Hurricane Irma. This service is comprised of reputable and vetted relief agencies who work for free and provide the tools and equipment necessary to assist with the following: Cut up fallen … Continue reading Hotline now available for Hurricane Irma cleanup

Hernando Health and Human Service and Veterans Service Departments Relocate

The Hernando County Health & Human Services and Veterans Services departments announce that they have relocated to 621 West Jefferson Street, Brooksville, FL 34601. Phone numbers and office hours remain the same. The Health and Human Services provides diverse services designed to assist with resolving interim health and human service needs, promoting self-sufficiency and enhancing … Continue reading Hernando Health and Human Service and Veterans Service Departments Relocate

Hernando County Adds Additional Debris Hauler to Irma Cleanup

Herando County Government has contracted with an additional hauler to help expedite the Hurricane Irma debris removal process. Starting the week of October 9, Tag Grinding will begin collecting storm debris on the west side of the Suncoast Parkway. Nearly 19,000 cubic yards of debris have already been picked-up by the initial hauler, Grubbs Emergency … Continue reading Hernando County Adds Additional Debris Hauler to Irma Cleanup

Volunteers Needed for Wild-n-Wicked Nights

Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park needs your help!!  We need 75 to 100 volunteers each night for the Wild -n- Wicked Nights Halloween event October 20/21 & 27/28. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and must be able to work from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. You can choose to work only one night or all four … Continue reading Volunteers Needed for Wild-n-Wicked Nights

Brooksville FEMA center open for One More Day

Hernando County’s Office of Emergency Management announces that Friday, October 6, will be the last day to receive disaster recovery assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) operating from the Mining Association Enrichment Center in Brooksville. Since September 26, FEMA has aided 617 people with information and the registration process. Once the center closes, … Continue reading Brooksville FEMA center open for One More Day

27th Annual Halloween Harvest Festival Oct. 13-14

The 27th Annual Halloween Harvest Festival will be Friday & Saturday, October 13-14, 2017 @ the Hernando County Fair Grounds at 6436 Broad St (US41) in Brooksville. Both nights will feature a variety of games, face painting, fantastic food, haunted house, hay ride & contests nightly from 6pm till 10pm. The Haunted House opens at … Continue reading 27th Annual Halloween Harvest Festival Oct. 13-14

Happenings at JG Ranch

First we came through hurricane Irma just fine.  Jeff had to replace about 15 rows of plastic and there were some rows that needed dirt piled on the sides.  Nothing was planted. We lost a few trees, which you will notice when you drive to the back.  The cows came through fine.  Red Cow told … Continue reading Happenings at JG Ranch

Hernando County Local State of Emergency Expired Oct. 1

As of 11:59 p.m., Sunday, October 1, 2017, the local state of emergency declared for Hernando County has expired. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will resume normal operating hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hernando County Government’s Office of Emergency Management staff and EOC partners will continue to coordinate recovery efforts … Continue reading Hernando County Local State of Emergency Expired Oct. 1

FEMA Disaster Centers in Hernando County

Hernando County’s Office of Emergency Management has partnered with Pasco-Hernando State College – Spring Hill campus to open an additional Disaster Assistance Center to help residents with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) information and application process. Below is a list of addresses, dates and times for Disaster Assistance Centers throughout the county. *NEW Spring … Continue reading FEMA Disaster Centers in Hernando County

Ten Meals in Ten Minutes with Chef Warren Caterson

Ten Meals in Ten Minutes – Is it doable? You bet! Award-winning cookbook author Chef Warren Caterson shows you how during this cooking demonstration at your Hernando County Public Library Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. Chef Warren Caterson is the author of the award-winning cookbooks, Table for Two – The Cookbook for Couples and Table … Continue reading Ten Meals in Ten Minutes with Chef Warren Caterson

Rogers Park to Close Temporarily Oct. 9

The Rogers Park beachfront, park and boat/kayak ramp will be closed to the public starting Monday, October 9, 2017, for approximately three months to complete a parking lot improvement project. Led by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District), this cooperative project with Hernando County will ultimately improve water quality in the Weeki Wachee River. … Continue reading Rogers Park to Close Temporarily Oct. 9

Disaster Assistance Offices extend dates of operation

Due to high demand, Hernando County has extended the dates of the following offices offering disaster relief assistance. Brooksville The Disaster Assistance Center located at the Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Boulevard in Brooksville, will be open Saturday, September 30 through Wednesday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Center … Continue reading Disaster Assistance Offices extend dates of operation

Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes Completed Oct. 1

The aerial mosquito spraying that was scheduled for Friday, September 29, was postponed due to weather. A small area of the county was sprayed the night of Saturday, September 30 and all remaining areas east of the Suncoast Parkway was sprayed Sunday, October 1, starting at 8 p.m. through dawn. Due to a surge in … Continue reading Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes Completed Oct. 1

All Brooksville Parks have Reopened

The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is happy to announce that all areas of Tom Varn Park are now open. Jerome Brown Community Center is open Tom Varn Basketball Courts are open McKethan Park is open Tom Varn Park Playground is open Tom Varn Park Pavilions are open Tom Varn Park Softball fields are open … Continue reading All Brooksville Parks have Reopened

Withlacoochee Flooding and Fish Kills

In the wake of recent Withlacoochee River flooding caused by Hurricane Irma, some areas in Citrus County have experienced an increase in incidents of “Fish Kills” and associated odors brought on by decomposing fish. Here is some information on the recent fish kill: Fish Kill Causes:  Besides some common causes of fish kills in Florida, … Continue reading Withlacoochee Flooding and Fish Kills

Historic Preservation Presentation Oct. 5

HHPS board member Jo-Anne Peck will provide an overview presentation in Historic Preservation Oct. 5 at 6:30pm. at 201 Howell Street in Brooksville. The lecture will go over the Who, What, Where and Whys of Preserving Historic Buildings. Jo-Anne Peck is a Historic Preservation Consultant who has focused on Florida history and architecture for over … Continue reading Historic Preservation Presentation Oct. 5

SWFWMD Watering Restrictions Change Oct. 1

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board is allowing once-per-week watering and other stringent water restrictions in the District’s northern region to expire on Oct. 1, 2017. This region includes Citrus, Hernando, Sumter and portions of Lake, Levy and Marion counties. All 16-counties throughout the District’s boundaries are now on year-round water conservation … Continue reading SWFWMD Watering Restrictions Change Oct. 1

Hernando County Emergency Management extends State of Emergency

(Image courtesy of Richard Riley) Hernando County Emergency Management announces that the local state of emergency has been extended for seven days. This is the second extension since the original declaration was made on September 5, 2017. This decision was made by the executive policy group, comprised of county government leaders, due to the ongoing … Continue reading Hernando County Emergency Management extends State of Emergency

Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program Available

The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will implement the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program in Citrus County to assist individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Irma from September 30 – October 4. To qualify for the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance program, … Continue reading Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program Available

Remote office opens to answer questions about hurricane damage

The Hernando County Building and Zoning divisions will be opening a temporary remote office at the East Hernando Branch Library to provide information and assistance to the residents affected by the Withlacoochee River flooding due to Hurricane Irma. Services will be limited to providing information and answering questions relating to flood damage, power restoration and repairs. No … Continue reading Remote office opens to answer questions about hurricane damage

Centralia Historic Marker Revealed

The newest historic marker in Hernando County was revealed on September 23, 2017. Located south of the intersection of Centralia Road on US 19, the marker commemorates the historic sawmill town of Centralia. Marker Side 1 reads: This site was once the location of one of Florida’s largest lumber mills. As demand for insect and rot … Continue reading Centralia Historic Marker Revealed

Disaster team canvasses Hernando County to help with assistance

A Disaster Survivor Assistance Team (DSAT), provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), arrived in Hernando County September 21, 2017. DSAT provides information directly to survivors by canvassing the community door-to-door and at locations where citizens frequent, so that everyone in the community has equal access and understanding of the assistance process. Along with … Continue reading Disaster team canvasses Hernando County to help with assistance

Florida Cracker Kitchen collecting Hurricane Supplies for FL Keys

Please bring by any extra hurricane supplies or donations down to The Florida Cracker Kitchen – we will be collecting all weekend and then making a run down to The Keys!

Hernando County Commissioners vote to Reduce Taxes by 1/10 mil

At the September 19, 2017 tentative budget hearing, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners voted to reduce taxes by 1/10 mil for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018). If approved, this tentative millage rate will generate $54,407,504 in ad valorem revenue for the General Fund. The tentative overall FY2018 General Fund budget is $111,192,906. The final … Continue reading Hernando County Commissioners vote to Reduce Taxes by 1/10 mil