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Hernando Beach residents don't want Nature Center

Hernando County, Florida -- Quiet little Hernando Beach wasn't so quiet Tuesday at a planning and zoning meeting.

"This is not something I can accept," said resident Larry Scott.

Another Hernando Beach resident said, "I am completely against this whole proposal."

The proposal is for The Nature Coast Educational Plaza. A packed house held signs and voiced their disagreement with the changes that could come to Hernando Beach.

"Ultimately, I'm against it altogether."

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Ground search suspended for missing 74-year-old pilot

Hernando County, Florida -- Authorities are suspending a ground search for a 74-year-old pilot who went missing earlier this month.

Bay area man living with lions for 30 days

Spring Hill, Florida - This is the time of year when a lot of people make New Year's resolutions to lose weight or spend more time with friends and family, but a Spring Hill man has a different goal in mind. James Jablon is living in a lion's den for 30 days.

Jablon, a wildlife rehabilitation expert, plans to spend the month of January inside the fenced enclosure where two African lions named Lea and Ed live. He says he will sleep on hay next to them and eat when they eat.

PHOTO GALLERY: Man Lives With Lions

Hernando's new Sheriff holds first staff meeting

Hernando's new Sheriff holds first staff meeting

Brooksville, FL - Sheriff Al Nienhuis will hold his first official meeting with his staff and supervisors today at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office in the EOC Training Room, located at 18900 Cortez Blvd in Brooksville.

During the thirty minute meeting, Sheriff Nienhuis will address the full staff and present his leadership philosophies, management style and what his expectation will be of his staff.


Hernando County teachers awarded grants

Hernando County teachers awarded grants

HERNANDO COUNTY, Florida -- Seven Hernando County teachers are among the 206 educators across the District's 16-county region awarded Splash! school grants this year through the Southwest Florida Water Management District. 

The goal of the Splash! school grant program is to provide hands-on learning opportunities that teach students about their local watersheds and the freshwater resources within them. Splash! school grants provide up to $5,000 per school on a reimbursement basis only and are available to public, private and homeschool teachers.

Mary Margaret Hull, lead communications coordinator, attributed the effectiveness of the grant program in Hernando County to the strong partnership with Hernando County Schools, which helped get the word out to teachers. Jeff Yungmann, curriculum supervisor for Hernando County Schools, serves as the District’s liaison to teachers.

Skip the gym...go belly dancing!

Skip the gym...go belly dancing!

Spring Hill, FL -- Ever wanted to satisfy your curiosity about the mysterious, seductive, artful world of belly dancing?

The Hernando County Recreation Department is offering tribal belly dancing classes, with a free class for first-time students available.

The free classes for first-timers starts on Jan. 6 at Kennedy Park, 895 Kennedy Blvd., from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., and will be available for first-timers the first Thursday of every month. Any size and age is welcome and no prior dance experience is needed.

Be sure to wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement such as yoga pants, pantaloons, and long full skirts.

Abandoned Shih-tzus now ready for adoption

Abandoned Shih-tzus now ready for adoption

BROOKSVILLE, FL - Hernando County Animal Services says the Shih-Tzus that survived abandonment in November and deadly wave of Parvo at the shelter this month, are now ready for adoption.  

Shelter officials say over 260 adoption applications were received for the dogs. Originally there were 64. Now there are only about two dozen.

Photo Gallery: Dozens of neglected dogs found abandoned