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As Hernando schools contemplate failed sales tax, five counties offer lessons


Michele DiLuzio, one of the 13 people who started the group in 1982 that became the Hernando Symphony Orchestra, and who served as its principal trumpeter for 32 years, replaces retired conductor Wayne Raymond. “Working with them full time has been an amazing experience,” DiLuzio said of the orchestra.Hernando Symphony Orchestra

A holiday concert, and a new conductor, for the Hernando Symphony Orchestra

SPRING HILL — It was 1982 and Michele DiLuzio was fresh out of high school when she and 12 others founded a community orchestra in Hernando County. The small group started out playing light classical music at ice cream socials at the local Methodist church and at events at the Atria Evergreen Woods retirement commu …


  1. One injured in shooting near Brooksville


    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County sheriff's deputies responded to a shooting Thursday night at 5051 December Lane, southwest of Brooksville. One woman was shot, the Sheriff's Office said.

  2. As Hernando schools contemplate failed sales tax, five counties offer lessons


    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County school officials told voters this fall that they planned to devote about three-fourths of their share of the Penny for Projects sales tax revenue to technology, mostly new computerized tablets.

  3. DeWitt: On a site in Hernando perfect for a subdivision, owners want a mine


    It was kind of strange — representatives of a rich corporate client telling the Hernando County Commission that housing was a lousy idea for the land they had in mind.

  4. Spring Hill Elementary students learn the importance of hand hygiene


    In the classroom

    SPRING HILL — Biscuit is a big, lumbering, brown dog that has a way of delighting children with his antics. Children seem to find it hilarious that Biscuit might have taken a drink from a toilet. Who wouldn't?

    Karl Klein (a.k.a. Biscuit the dog) and Holly Garcia of the Symmetry hand hygiene company, give a presentation to Spring Hill students.
  5. Couple, 77 and 75, markets fresh seafood from Spring Hill shop


    SPRING HILL — A customer eyed an anvil-sized chunk of fresh tuna on ice at Weeki Wachee Seafood Market and inquired whether it was farm raised.

    The butcher case displays fresh catches from around the area.
  6. Hernando School Board float wins Brooksville Christmas parade

    Human Interest

    An estimated crowd of more than 12,000 braved the chilly weather Saturday morning for the 40th annual Brooksville Christmas Parade through downtown. There were 128 entries in this year's parade, which is sponsored each year by the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville. The grand prize went to the Hernando County School Board …

    The Hernando High School cheerleading squad in their float during the Brooksville Christmas Parade on Saturday.
  7. Hometown Hernando for Dec. 19

    Human Interest

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    Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Hernando news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or

    Back to combat zone 70 years later: Seventy years ago, Gerald Papin, an Army private at the time, landed in France along with fellow soldiers of the 39th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. The division fought from Aug. 15, 1944, until May 7, 1945. Papin, 92, who served from 1942 to 1945 and was a buck sergeant when his service ended, participated in three invasions. He traveled back to France for the 60th and 65th anniversaries of the landing, each time with fewer veterans. This year, celebrating the 70th anniversary, only four veterans and their families attended. Papin and wife Delpha “Del” of Spring Hill landed in St. Tropez in southern France, where they were treated like royalty. They, along with the other veterans, visited 36 villages in 12 days. More than 25,000 turned out to welcome the veterans and thank them for their service.