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Hernando commission, sheriff appear headed for budget compromise

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Former Tampa Bay Times reporter Logan Neill leads a bluegrass picking session in the living room of his home in Crystal River in June, 2010. Neill died on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]

DeWitt: A tribute to Logan Neill, Tampa Bay's own music man

Logan Neill caught what was maybe Bill Monroe's last performance 19 years ago, and, while he was at it, caught the great bluegrass musician himself. Hearing that Monroe might make one of his impromptu appearances at a bar in Tarpon Springs, Neill, who was then this paper's pop music critic, and Dave Scheiber, his e …

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  1. Hernando commission, sheriff appear headed for budget compromise

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Commission has avoided a potential showdown with Sheriff Al Nienhuis, putting the two sides on the path to a compromise before the county's final budget hearing on Sept. 22.

  2. DeWitt: A tribute to Logan Neill, Tampa Bay's own music man

    Human Interest

    Logan Neill caught what was maybe Bill Monroe's last performance 19 years ago, and, while he was at it, caught the great bluegrass musician himself.

    Former Tampa Bay Times reporter Logan Neill leads a bluegrass picking session in the living room of his home in Crystal River in June, 2010. Neill died on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  3. As vote approaches Tuesday, supporters optimistic for passage of Hernando schools sales tax

    K12

    The poll results, though preliminary and completely unscientific, were nevertheless encouraging to supporters of renewing the Hernando County School District's half-cent sales tax.

    Jo Ann Hartge, left, president of the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association, instructional coach Melinda Barrett and teacher Lucy Tucker try to drum up support last month in Spring Hill for the half-cent sales tax for schools.
  4. Dispute over right-of-way stalls construction project at busy Barclay intersection

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Plans for improvements at the busy intersection of Cortez Boulevard and Barclay Avenue hit a roadblock late last month when the Hernando County Commission decided to abandon efforts to acquire a key piece of right-of-way.

    Brian Malmberg: “The four-laning ... will be placed on hold at this time.”
  5. Residents urge Hernando County to ban unattended tethering of dogs

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County commissioners listened recently as a parade of concerned citizens urged the board to adopt an ordinance that would prohibit dog owners from tethering their pets outside unattended.

    Hernando County residents are urging the county to ban unattended tethering of dogs. This is Honey, a dog found in Palm Harbor in 2010 with a rope embedded in her neck. It’s believed she was tied as a puppy, got away and grew into the too-tight rope. She eventually received surgery.
  6. Brooksville cobbler continues to practice a dying trade

    Business

    BROOKSVILLE — Gerri Ferris came from Dade City, loaded down with five pairs of classy leather shoes in boxes and bags.

    Customer Gerri Ferris explains to cobbler Larry Whitman the heel adjustment she wants for her loafers. She drove from Dade City to Larry’s Shoe Repair, a 36-year-old family shop in Brooksville.
  7. The Festival of Flight, a fish fry and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast

    Events

    On screen

    A family-friendly feature film: Wear pajamas and bring a blanket for a family movie night at 5:15 p.m. today at the South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. Free. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. For information, including the movie's title, call (727) 834-3331.