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Hernando County residents wait in line at a Planning and Zoning Commission hearing in July 2014 to comment on a request from Cemex to expand its mining operation near Brooksville.Times (2014)

Opponents, Cemex hone arguments as Hernando commissioners prepare for mine-expansion vote

BROOKSVILLE — A year has passed since officials from Cemex Construction Materials Florida stood before a room full of Hernando County residents and explained why they were proposing a significant expansion of their lime rock mining operation on 573 acres west of Brooksville. The County Commission approval of the co …

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  1. Opponents, Cemex hone arguments as Hernando commissioners prepare for mine-expansion vote

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — A year has passed since officials from Cemex Construction Materials Florida stood before a room full of Hernando County residents and explained why they were proposing a significant expansion of their lime rock mining operation on 573 acres west of Brooksville.

  2. District baseball roundup: Bishop McLaughlin hot from the start

    Baseballpreps

    TAMPA — Bishop McLaughlin left little doubt as to which team is tops in Class 3A, District 7.

    Bishop McLaughlin’s Hunter Perez, left, slides into third base as Carrollwood Day’s Bryce Benedict tries to tag him out. The Hurricanes won the 3A-7 district title 7-1.
  3. Region track: Pasco's Steele nabs three individual titles in 2A-2

    Tranckandfieldpreps

    North Suncoast athletes had a banner day individually Thursday at the Class 2A, Region 2 meet at Lake Highland Prep.

  4. Out in the woods, Hernando couple distills award-winning whiskey

    Business

    WEEKI WACHEE

    Not only is Wild Buck American Rye Whiskey handmade; so is its distillery.

    Kevin and Natalie Goff pour freshly ground rye into heated water as they start the process for a batch of whiskey on April 13 at their Weeki Wachee spread west of U.S. 19. They bottle and distribute Wild Buck American Rye Whiskey.
  5. District baseball roundup: Wesley Chapel, Central advance

    Baseballpreps

    BROOKSVILLE — It will be an all-underdog championship game in the Class 5A, District 7 tournament.

    Brandon pitcher Antonio Velez strikes out six in seven innings in the 3-0 victory over Strawberry Crest.
  6. Region softball roundup: River Ridge survives a wild one

    Softballpreps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Nature Coast rapped out of a season-high 18 hits against River Ridge on Wednesday night.

    The Sharks, though, needed one more.

  7. Region track: Mitchell's Kerns lone local champ in 3A-2

    Tranckandfieldpreps

    Track and field

    Mustang lone local champ

    Locals had a tough time finding the top of the podium at Wednesday's Class 3A, Region 2 meet at Harmony High School. Mitchell senior Emily Kerns was the lone area winner, claiming the 1,600 meters in 5:16.06.