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Sydney Smoot, 9, a fourth-grader at Brooksville Elementary School, made an impassioned plea to control standardized testing at last week’s Hernando County School Board meeting. BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Dan DeWitt: FSA tests not the bogeyman

The orange sheet of paper taped to the door of a classroom at Westside Elementary School warned that the dreaded time of year had finally arrived. "TESTING," it said in bold, capital letters, followed by the test's actual name in much smaller type so as not to spread too much anxiety: "Florida Standards Assessment. …

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  1. Arnett Doctor, driving force behind Rosewood reparations, dies at 72

    Legislature

    SPRING HILL — A lot of factors contributed to the passage of the historic Rosewood compensation law 21 years ago.

    Arnett Doctor, a descendent of people involved in the Rosewood attacks that left six black people and two white people dead, helped win $2.1 million for Rosewood survivors.
  2. New PHSC president's goal: nation's top community college award

    College

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Dr. Tim Beard's head was still in the clouds 30 hours after winning trustees' nod to become Pasco-Hernando State College's fourth president.

    “I believe if you want something, you need to ask for it and you need to do it assertively. If I represent this college, I want to be at the table fighting for it.”
Dr. Tim Beard, incoming PHSC president
  3. Idea for new Springstead eagle leads to fix-up for old 'Archibald'

    K12

    SPRING HILL — One thing everybody agrees about is that the stately eagle guarding the entrance to F.W. Springstead High School is showing its age.

    The eagle known as Archibald, in front of Springstead High School, was a gift from the Class of 1980. Daniel Zutler, Class of 1981, is spearheading a private effort to replace the aging eagle.
  4. Properties near contaminated public-works site to get cleanup

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Nearly three years into their state-approved plan to clean up the old public-works site in south Brooksville, Hernando County officials are ready to excavate three off-site properties where arsenic had been found.

     Nearly three years into their state-approved plan to clean up the old public-works site in south Brooksville, Hernando County officials are ready to excavate three off-site properties where arsenic had been found.
  5. Hernando school shows FSA tests not all bad

    K12

    The orange sheet of paper taped to the door of a classroom at Westside Elementary School warned that the dreaded time of year had finally arrived.

    Sydney Smoot, 9, a fourth-grader at Brooksville Elementary School, made an impassioned plea to control standardized testing at last week’s Hernando County School Board meeting.
  6. Hernando County real estate transctions for March 27

    Real Estate

    BROOKSVILLE

    30686 Satinleaf Run, to Blaine Alan Spurling by Lgi Homes Florida LLC, $157,900, 02/10/2015.

  7. Hernando Events for March 27

    Events

    Events

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    Baby Storytime: In this lap-sit program, babies up to 18 months old can enjoy stories, songs and activities geared for them. Every Friday. Call to register. 10 to 10:20 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) …

    28 Saturday Hernando Audubon Society birding trip: Look for red-cockaded woodpeckers, Bachman’s sparrows and early spring migrants and summer breeders. To RSVP, call Bev (352) 686-0460. 7 a.m. Free. Croom Tract at Withlacoochee State Forest, Croom Road and Forest Road 7, Brooksville.