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Hernando commission, sheriff settle differences with $1.26 million budget increase


Recent moves by  superinten?dent Lori Romano have also raised transparency questions.

Recent Hernando School District decisions raise questions of transparency

BROOKSVILLE — When the Hernando County School Board gathered last week for a retreat at a gated community, it was required by state law to notify the public of the event, said Barbara Petersen, president of the Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation. It didn't. To double-check her interpretation, Petersen sai …


  1. Judge rules in Hernando County's favor in annexation spat with Brooksville

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The city of Brooksville did not follow the rules when it annexed five county properties in 2015, and the annexations have been quashed by Circuit Judge Donald Scaglione.

    Circuit Judge Donald Scagione made no finding on the question of racial discrim-ination.
  2. DeWitt: Texas is the inspiration at Brooksville's new MOPAC BBQ


    The mahogany color of the brisket circling slowly in the smoker at MOPAC BBQ promised intense flavor once the meat ended up on a plate — or, actually, in Texas barbecue fashion, on a paper sheet spread over an aluminum tray.

    Bernard Price of Brooksville scoops mashed potatoes in a to-go container for a customer at MOPAC BBQ in Brooksville.
  3. Religion Calendar for March 31



    Jericho Road Ministries is in need of volunteers for the ministry's thrift stores, shelters and food bank. Applications must be filled out between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays at the stewardship office, 1163 Howell Ave. Call (352) 799-2912, ext. 101, with questions.

    Spring …

  4. Hometown Pasco for March 31

    Human Interest

    We want your news!

    Hometown Pasco 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 Pasco news coordinator Jean Hamilton …

    Youth exhibitors honored at state fair: For the past 20 years, the Florida State Fair has paid homage to its agricultural roots by sponsoring the Champion of Champions program, which provides youth exhibitors the opportunity not only to show their prize-winning animals but also to participate in educational opportunities and earn achievement and animal premiums. On Feb. 20, the final day of the 2017 fair, the top 32 senior champion youth exhibitors competed to be crowned Champion of Champions. The 2017 winner was Ainsley Peterson from Mayo, who received a $1,500 cash prize. Locally, Sydni Sinka of Dade City came in third and received $1,000. Tierani Johnson of Land O’Lakes came in sixth and received $250. In addition, Kayleigh Heather of Dade City received a scholarship from the Mosaic Co. From left are: Doyle E. Carlton III, Florida State Fair Authority board chairman; Champion of Champions winners Peterson, Cady McGehee of Okeechobee (second place), Sinka, Michael Fioretto of Bradenton (fourth place), Abigail Clapp of Punta Gorda (fifth place) and Nikki Foster from Mosaic, the presenting sponsor.
  5. Hernando Vendors for March 31


    Vendors needed

    • Vendors are being sought for Charles E. Murray American Legion Post 186's flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1 at the post, 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Vendor spaces are $10. For information, call Wanda at (352) 200-9120.

  6. Hernando Events for March 31


    31 Friday

    Relay for Life of Spring Hill: Teams of walkers will come together for the all-night walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Activities and entertainment will run throughout the night until 11 a.m. April 1. The event begins at 4 p.m., and the opening ceremony and …

  7. Hernando Business Digest for March 31



    DETOX CENTER PLANS OPENING: Spring Gardens Detox, 8213 Cessna Drive, Spring Hill, a luxury detoxification facility, is set to open in mid April. The center, on 4.5 acres, will begin with 22 beds and will provide detoxification services from alcohol, drugs and prescription pills. The facility …