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Eric Burkes has restored and reopened the Richloam General Store, founded by his great uncle in 1901. BETH N. GRAY | Special to the Times

Richloam General Store harks back to earlier times in Hernando County

RIDGE MANOR Decades before second-growth woodland gave birth to the Withlacoochee State Forest came loggers and real estate hawkers, Shroeder Land and Timber Co., descending out of Milwaukee in the early 1900s. They brought plans to clear-cut some 60,000 acres of their newly purchased pine flatwoods, bottomland har …

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  1. County to negotiate with Republic Services on extension of hauling contract

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County commissioners have given Republic Services the opportunity to extend its waste collection contract with the county until at least the end of 2021.

    Commissioner Steve Champion is interested in receptacles that can be picked up mechanically.
  2. DeWitt: Hernando's raids on natural lands fund need to stop

    Environment

    It's clear that Hernando County commissioners now view the nearly $6 million environmentally sensitive lands fund as a pot of money they can dip into at any time for just about any purpose.

  3. Even with rebidding, questions loom over hangar lease at Hernando airport

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Last month, Hernando County commissioners made it clear they were not happy to find out that the fixed-base operator at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport had moved into several hangars, and had already paid to buy them, before the commission was asked to approve the transaction.

    County Administrator Len Sossamon says all bids will be reviewed in a month or so.
  4. Second body and wreckage of missing Brooksville plane found off Cedar Key

    Public Safety

    A second body, along with the wreckage of a Brooksville plane that went missing last week, was recovered off the coast of Cedar Key on Sunday.

    
Officials in Cedar Key located the plane that went missing on Feb. 12, 2017,  along with the body of a second passenger. The body of the plane's pilot, Jasper Jerrels, 65, was found Wed., Feb. 20, 2017. [Lena Schwallenberg | WUFT News]
  5. Richloam General Store harks back to earlier times in Hernando County

    Human Interest

    RIDGE MANOR

    Decades before second-growth woodland gave birth to the Withlacoochee State Forest came loggers and real estate hawkers, Shroeder Land and Timber Co., descending out of Milwaukee in the early 1900s.

    Eric Burkes has restored and reopened the Richloam General Store, founded by his great uncle in 1901.
  6. Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 24

    Events

    Festivals

    Fair time: The Pasco County Fair wraps up this weekend at the county fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Gates will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to midnight Feb. 25 and noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 26. The fair features a giant midway and an array of food, livestock …

    BRENDAN FITTERER   |   TimesThe Pasco County Fair concludes Feb. 26 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City.
  7. Weekend Winter Fest to bring back music, fun at Lake House

    Events

    SPRING HILL — Before the Spring Hill Community Association disbanded in 2014 and sold the Lake House to the county, the property was a prime destination for outdoor concerts and events.

    The popular Greg Billings Band will perform from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday during Winterfest at the Lake House in Spring Hill.