Barbara Behrendt, Hernando County Reporter

Barbara Behrendt

Hernando County Reporter

The North Suncoast and the Times have been my home since I graduated from the Ohio State University 35 years ago. Every day I get to come work for one of the country’s finest newspapers with talented co-workers who share my passion for informing our readers about their community. From the latest development plan near their neighborhood to the price of their garbage service, there is no more relevant journalism than what we do here in Hernando County. I cherish your input, suggestions and story ideas.

Sheriff’s spending questioned as Hernando County finalizes 2020 budget

County Sheriff Al Nienhuis faces another contentious budget negotiation with the Hernando County Commission. [Times]
Why are sheriff’s positions routinely left unfilled, and where does the money budgeted for them end up, asks the candidate challenging Sheriff Al Nienhuis.

Higher property taxes in Hernando County still won’t fix the budget in one year

Hernando County Government Center
Spending plan draws public rebuke and sharp words between commissioners, who are divided on the tax increase.

Affordable town homes approved near Weeki Wachee

Hernando County Government Center
Why not include rental units for the rest of the work force, asks Hernando County commissioner.

Hernando County Commission says yes to more Cemex mining

Heavy equipment works at the Cemex Construction Materials site in Brooksville. Soon the company will be expanding to new areas south of Fort Dade Avenue to continue lime rock mining activities. Times file
After years of controversy, commissioners okay a 20-year mining lease, expanding the Cemex lime rock mine east of Brooksville

Brooksville council holds the line on tax rate, funds Main Street program

Brooksville City Hall
City Council decides to keep the same tax rate, despite the increase advertised on early tax notices.