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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.

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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

Governor appoints Alvin Nienhuis as Hernando County Sheriff

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Charlie Crist today appointed Alvin "Al" D. Nienhuis II as Hernando County Sheriff.

"Al's 15 years as a dedicated law enforcement officer have given him the experience and skills he needs to honorably serve the people of Hernando County," Governor Crist said.  "The leadership he has shown as an undersheriff for nearly a decade have prepared him to serve as one of the top law enforcement officers in our state."

Nienhuis' law enforcement career began in 1985 with the Florida Marine Patrol, where he first volunteered and later worked part-time. Since 2001, he has served as the Undersheriff for the Pasco Sheriff's Office, where he has been responsible for all detention and law enforcement daily operations.

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One more night of freeze warnings, then turning warmer

Once again, the National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning tonight for much of the area.  The Freeze Warning is for the counties of Pasco southward through Sarasota County.  Pinellas County is not in the warning area, however location in the northern part of the county, north of Safety Harbor, will have to watch for freezing temperatures. 

The overnight lows will warm slightly from last night's frigid readings in the teens to low 30s, but the mercury will dip below the freezing mark to the mid and upper 20s for many areas away from the water. 

Photo Gallery: Frosty morning in Tampa Bay!
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Transient charged in Brooksville sex attack

Brooksville, Florida -- A transient has been charged with beating and sexually battering a woman who helps homeless people from time to time, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said.

Allen Everett Koonce, 47, was arrested after the sheriff's office got a call that a man matching his description was noticed walking on Hampstead Drive and Carefree Drive in Brooksville.

Deputies say he was taken into custody without incident on three counts of sexual battery.

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Investigators say he was the man who last Thursday asked the 62-year-old victim to meet with him at a friend's home. When she arrived, Koonce allegedly grabbed, handcuffed, sexually battered, beat and threatened her with a knife and rifle. She escaped Friday after he fell asleep.

HCSO searching for a man involved in armed sexual battery attack

HCSO searching for a man involved in armed sexual battery attack

Brooksville, FL -- Hernando County police are searching for a man accused of armed sexual battery and false imprisonment.

Allen Everett Koonce, 47, is wanted for attacking a woman on December 23rd at a mutual friend's home in Brooksville. When she arrived at the home at 8:30 p.m., Koonce handcuffed, sexually battered, beat, and threatened her with a knife and rife. No one else was at the home during the attack.