CountywideLifeSouth urges blood donationsIn respect to Black History Month, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers wants to raise awareness and emphasize the need for a diverse blood supply, and the reasons why African-American blood donors are vitally important.The majority of African Americans have type O or type B blood, which are consistently in high demand. Blood type, however, is not the only factor in matching a donor with a patient in need. Blood also contains special markers called antigens. Some African American patients treated for chronic medical conditions such as sickle cell disease require many blood transfusions throughout their lifetime. These patients need blood whose antigens closely match their own to reduce the risk of complications; these matches often are found in donors of the same ethnicity.Those interested in donating blood must be at least 17 (or 16, with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is required.The local LifeSouth … [Read more...] about Hernando County news briefs
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Hernando CountyCountywideCounty named 'Groundwater Guardian'In recognition of efforts to protect local groundwater supplies, Hernando County has been named a 2018 Groundwater Guardian by the Groundwater Foundation.The Groundwater Foundation is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to connect people, businesses and communities through local groundwater education and action. Groundwater Guardians form teams that include business, agriculture, government, educators and residents to implement activities addressing local groundwater concerns and issues.The Hernando County Groundwater Guardian team had a successful year in 2018. The team received its designation for 2018 by coordinating the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program, providing education on the nature of Hernando County's geology, and expanding the Hernando County Groundwater Guardian website.For information, call the Groundwater Foundation toll-free at 1-800-858-4844 or email to [email protected]BrooksvilleGolf … [Read more...] about Pasco and Hernando county news briefs
RIDGE MANOR — For most of his seven summers at his home on Cyril Drive, 71-year-old Ralph Cocchi could walk across his back yard, down four stair-steps and over the three big rocks that lead to the edge of the Withlacoochee River, and pick his way to the other side with little trouble.Then last year, Hurricane Irma flooded the river, and Cocchi found himself using a canoe to get from his house to State Road 50. A year later, the flood’s scars remain: the cracked, skewed concrete of the once-flat dock out back; the shadow of the waterline left on the lower half of the shed.As the anniversary of Irma arrives, along with the peak of the hurricane season, Hernando County has been only brushed by a tropical system, but rainfall amounts are way over where they were last year. Already, the river is in minor flood stage at Trilby.The river is three feet higher than it was at this time last year, before Irma struck with its fierce winds and more than eight inches of rain. In the … [Read more...] about Hurricane Irma swamped east Hernando County last year. After a rainy summer, Withlacoochee River flooding could be even worse.
BROOKSVILLE — Determined to keep the property tax rate the same, Hernando County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to discuss increased funding for school crossing guards, school resource officers and possibly other requests from the Sheriff, by dipping into budgeted reserve.Whether that is the ultimate solution depends on spending discussions between now and formal budget hearings in September.The county’s policy has been to set aside 18.5 percent of its general fund for reserves to keep the county operating in the early part of the new fiscal year, which begins October 1. Property tax revenues don’t start flowing into county coffers for a couple of months after that.Interim county budget manager George Zoettlein had balanced the budget and kept the tax rate steady before talks with school and Sheriff’s Office officials revealed that the county may be on the hook for school safety expenses. With that news, commissioners decided that their reserves could take a … [Read more...] about Hernando County may help fund school safety measures by cutting reserves
HERNANDO BEACHOver the past 30 years, waterways along Florida’s Big Bend region — from Apalachee Bay, down through Hernando County and into Pasco — have seen a nearly 90 percent decline in the oyster population, research shows.Local environmentalists in Hernando for years have plotted to fight the problem, which is caused in part by poor water quality. They wanted to build a stronger, man-made habitat where the organisms can thrive, said Brittany Hall-Scharf, a Florida Sea Grant agent based in the county.The work finally paid off last month, when volunteers helped build an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Hernando Beach near Centipede Bay. Made of about 50,000 pounds of recycled oyster shells, the reef will serve as hub that newborn organisms can adhere to, so they can survive, reproduce, and contribute to the area’s dwindled population. It’s the first of its kind in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties.Although oysters can’t be … [Read more...] about Volunteers shell out hours to build oyster reef off Hernando County