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Hernando releases budget long on spending, short on explanations


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," …


  1. Art exhibits and performing arts on the North Suncoast


    On stage

    Tickets to the shows: Season tickets are on sale for Live Oak Theatre's 2016-2017 season, which will feature Peter Pan (including dessert) on Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12; the Merry Medieval Madrigal Feast, (dinner and dessert), on Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17; and Wizard of Oz

  2. Letters: Readers comment on Hernando news


    Building a bat house is well worth the effort

  3. Hernando Business digest for July 29


    Business digest

    Who's news

    DOCTOR CREATES APP: Dr. Srin Dutt, an ophthalmologist with Eyecare Centers of Florida in Brooksville, created a new app called the "Site of Surgery Assistant," designed to prevent surgical errors or "wrong-site surgeries."

  4. Ernie Chatman, a legendary Hernando County coach and runner, dies


    BROOKSVILLE — One of Hernando County's greatest institutions wasn't stationary. Unlike Weeki Wachee Springs, Brooksville's Coney Island Drive-Inn or Tom Varn Park, Ernie Chatman never was embedded in a singular spot.

    Ernie Chatman poses in front of his running medals in his home in Brooksville on September 23, 2015. Chatman has has run marathons throughout his life until recently due to health issues.
  5. Hernando coaching legend Ernie Chatman dies


    Hernando High coaching icon Ernie Chatman, whose uncanny success spanned several Leopards sports and decades, passed away Sunday evening of an apparent heart attack at his Brooksville home.

    Ernie Chatman, arguably the most successful coach in Hernando County history, passed away Sunday at age 66.
  6. Two dead after pickup hits garbage truck in Brooksville


    BROOKSVILLE — Two people are dead after their pickup drove into the path of a garbage truck and erupted in flames after being hit about noon Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  7. 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.

    Hernando Commission candidate Michael LaRocca said he was told there was no investigation.