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Muck fire continues to burn on mine property near Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — A fire ignited by a lightning strike May 31 on Cemex property northwest of Brooksville continues to burn and produce smoke weeks after the original blaze. While it began …

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Weeki Wachee High School quarterback Alec Cromie is heading into his junior campaign after throwing for 1,346 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first full varsity season.DEMETRIUS FREEMAN | Times

Top football programs on display Saturday during 7-on-7 tournament at Weeki Wachee High

WEEKI WACHEE — The fourth annual Chuck N Duck Tournament, featuring some of the best high school football programs in the area, will take place Saturday at Weeki Wachee High School. Among the teams expected to participate in the 7-on-7 passing tournament are Weeki Wachee, Springstead, Land O'Lakes, Citrus, Countrys …

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  1. Muck fire continues to burn on mine property near Brooksville

    Fire

    BROOKSVILLE — A fire ignited by a lightning strike May 31 on Cemex property northwest of Brooksville continues to burn and produce smoke weeks after the original blaze.

  2. Dan DeWitt: Time has come for Hernando to remove Confederate statue from courthouse lawn

    Local Government

    There's a big problem with Hernando County's public display of the now almost universally condemned Confederate battle flag:

    It's etched in stone.

    The Confederate soldier statue was unveiled on June 3, 1916: Jefferson Davis’ birthday.
  3. Hometown Hernando for June 26

    Human Interest

    We want your news!

    Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county. Call Hometown Hernando news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    Springstead JROTC cadets visit with radio-controlled aircraft pilots: Cadets in Springstead High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps recently visited with veteran remote-control aircraft pilots from around the region. The event, sponsored by the Bay City Flyers, a flying club in Land O’Lakes, was inspired after Springstead teacher and club member Darryl Sweetwine, a retired Air Force lieutenant, gave a presentation to the JROTC unit. Afterward, the cadets formed an RC club. During club meetings, cadets learned the basics of radio-controlled flying while accumulating required hours on a flight simulator. When the required flights were completed, the cadets were invited to the event. Club president Bruce Baltera gave a safety briefing and introductions. Pilot instructors taught cadets terminology and flying science. The club’s membership provided trainer aircraft, including two monoplanes and a glider, for the cadets to fly. After the flying portion of the event, the club provided lunch, during which a large biplane was flown on its maiden flight following an accident and rebuild. Cadets presented a certificate of appreciation to the club.
  4. County adds lead tree to list of noxious plants that must be removed

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando Beach residents and others who don't want to see Hernando County's coast overrun with non-native plants celebrated a victory this week.

    Lead trees put out clusters of seed pods allowing the exotic plants to spread easily and push out native species. Hernando County added the lead tree to the noxious plant eradication ordinance this week.
  5. DeWitt: Purpose of sheriff's show of forces is clear

    Local Government

    Call it the long green line.

    Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis brought quite an entourage to this month's first School Board workshop:

    Sheriff Al Nienhuis has asked for a higher budget than last year.
  6. Bowen: Capping a career as college president

    College

    Katherine Johnson isn't a fan of the spotlight.

    Katherine Johnson leaves Pasco-Hernando State College after 10 years of success after success.
  7. Hernando religion calendar for June 26

    Religion

    Religion calendar

    Brooksville

    Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., will host its 2015 Summer Kids Conference, "God Quest," for children ages 5 and older from July 5 to 8. The event costs $35 per child until July 1, then $40; parents are free. The conference will include Bible …