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Heidi Jorg, right, listens to her daughter Elly Jorg-Weyde, 18, center, as she talks about her struggles with drugs and sobriety, and their plans to get away, on the front porch of their Spring Hill home. As an alternative to costly traditional rehab, Heidi Jorg quit her nursing job, bought camping and hiking supplies, and set off on a “Hike to Recovery” on the Appalachian Trail taking Elly and her brother Jakob Jorg-Weyde, 20, left, on a journey to save Elly from addiction.BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

For Spring Hill family, an unconventional trail to recovery

SPRING HILL Heidi Jorg finally tracked down her daughter, Elly Jorg-Weyde, as Elly wandered down an empty street in Spring Hill on an afternoon in late April. "She was totally not lucid. She thought people were following her," Heidi said. Elly, 18, who had once spent hours in front of a makeup mirror, "was filthy," …

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  1. Hernando commission candidate's texts detail liaison

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Justin Williams, whose then-wife Lacie had a sexual relationship with Springstead High School Wrestling Coach and Hernando County Commission Candidate Michael LaRocca, said he has been asked by district officials to meet with them Monday.

  2. Hernando deputies close illegal Internet cafes, boosting business at legal one

    Human Interest

    SPRING HILL — Senior citizens flock to Spinners Sweepstakes Cafe in a strip mall off U.S. 19.

    Spinners, an Internet cafe in Spring Hill that has slot machine-style computer games, has not paid players since the practice was outlawed three years ago, said owner Terry Kasberg, standing. He complained to the Sheriff’s Office that competitors were paying players.
  3. Pasco community honors ancient archaeology site

    Human Interest

    HUDSON

    “Location, location, location."

    It's not just a Realtor's saying but an "X" on a treasure hunter's map, according to amateur archeologist Herb Elliott of Heritage Pines, where such spots abound.

    Herb and Paula Elliott found an extensive number of arrowheads, tools and pottery in the artifact-rich area behind them.
  4. Hernando sheriff: Gainesville man was lured to his death

    Crime

    BROOKSVILLE — Preston Oliver Talley drove almost 100 miles to his death.

    Preston Oliver Talley, 35, of Gainesville was found dead Sunday in the woods in the Richloam area of the Withlacoochee State Forest. He was lured to his death, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, which arrested four people on charges of first-degree murder. [Photo courtesy of Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
  5. Hometown Hernando for July 22

    Human Interest

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    Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion, recreational sporting event, news from your last club meeting or just a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. You can contact Hometown Hernando news coordinator …

    Veteran receives honor flight:  On June 7, Nicholas Morana, left, of Spring Hill, a retired Army colonel, was chosen by the West Central Florida Honor Flight organization to fly, free of charge, to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Accompanying Morana was his son, Paul Morana. The goal of the Honor Flight organization is to make sure all World War II vets have the opportunity to see the memorial. Nick Morana joined 79 other veterans and their guardians who flew out of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. After arriving at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, the group boarded buses. The first stop was the Air Force Memorial, followed by lunch, then a motor tour of D.C. The group saw the Pentagon, the IRS building, the Smithsonian Museum and the Washington Monument before stopping at the World War II Memorial. After spending time at the memorial, the group boarded the buses and went to the Lincoln, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials. They arrived back in Florida at 9 p.m., where they were welcomed by 150 people cheering and thanking the veterans. Before heading home, the veterans received a large envelope filled with congratulatory messages from local students and Florida representatives.
  6. Pregnancy center hopes to spread word about services with open house

    Religion

    SPRING HILL — When Jeanne Whitely talks to clients about the help available to them at Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center and Adoption Services, they often tell her, "I didn't know you were here."

    Bianca Dungan, left, with her children Kevin and Findlay, watch a video being shown by Jeanne Whitely, manager of Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center. Last year, the ministry served 366 clients with more than 1,100 client visits. This year, Whitely expects there will be about 400 clients.
  7. For six busy years, Designer Consignments has kept customers coming back

    Business

    SPRING HILL — Consignment shops come and go. But Designer Consignments, with its focus on top-drawer couture and home decor, has kept its doors open and customers flowing through them for six busy years.

    Owner Ann Davidson points out a matching wallet with a Coach handbag at her store, Designer Consignments, in Spring Hill.