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Brooksville mourns death of longtime city council member, Joe Johnston

Brooksville City Council member Robert "Butch" Battista remembered Vice Mayor Joseph Johnston III as always being able to come up with a compromise. "Joe seemed to be the steady hand wheneve …

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Gabriel Long, right, ponders a move in Magic Elder Dragon Highlander as competitor Joshua Downin riffles cards during casual play time at Colossal Comics in Spring Hill.Beth N. Gray | Special to the Times

Games, spin-offs are the draw at Colossal Comics in Spring Hill

SPRING HILL — Comic books aren't comical anymore, admits Andrew Heeley, manager of Colossal Comics, a collectibles shop that came to Spring Hill late last year "because there hasn't been a store here — forever," the 19-year-old said. The comic book designation is a tradition that has stuck since the pulp picture bo …

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  1. After loss, a caretaker seeks new meaning

    Human Interest

    SPRING HILL

    In guilty moments, Gary LeBlanc's thoughts turned to the life he'd live when it was over.

    Gary LeBlanc is the owner of US 41 Books, which he opened with his dad. He cared for his father for more than a decade. He’s now writing a book about how to become yourself again after you lose the person you’re caring for.
  2. Brooksville mourns death of longtime city council member, Joe Johnston

    Local Government

    Brooksville City Council member Robert "Butch" Battista remembered Vice Mayor Joseph Johnston III as always being able to come up with a compromise.

    Longtime Brooksville City Council member Joe Johnston III died Sunday (July 5, 2015) at age 63.
  3. One dead in accident on U.S. Highway 19 near Spring Hill

    Accidents

    SPRING HILL — A South Florida woman died just before 2 a.m. Monday when the small SUV she was driving rear-ended a truck.

  4. FHP troopers will be patrolling Suncoast, Veterans toll roads for impaired drivers

    Crime

    "Wolfpacks" of Florida Highway Patrol troopers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this July Fourth weekend on toll roads throughout the bay area: Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties.

  5. Fulfilling budget requests would require Hernando commissioners to approve higher tax rates, fees

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Standing at the microphone before the Hernando County Commission late last month were the passionate leaders of the First Hernando Youth Soccer Club and several of their young members.

  6. Classroom support key to improved test grades for students in Hernando schools

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County students generally performed well on this year's statewide standard tests, according to a recent, limited release of results, including on science, U.S. history and civics end-of-course exams.

    Teacher Ed Finch touted enhancement programs’ effectiveness.
  7. Fourth of July fireworks return to Hernando County Fairgrounds with community support

    Events

    BROOKSVILLE — Eighteen years. That's how long it has been since the Hernando County Fairgrounds played host to Freedom Fest, a Fourth of July celebration that included a fireworks display. Due to dry spells, both meteorological and financial, the event fizzled out.