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Dan DeWitt: GMOs should be welcomed as a potential cure for citrus greening

Consumers will either need to get used to drinking genetically modified orange juice, says Bill Dawson, a virologist at the University of Florida's citrus research station in Lake Alfred, "or drink apple juice." It may not be quite that cut and dried. Scientists are, after all, seeking an entire range of possible r …


  1. Man charged with impersonating police officer after Christmas Day pursuit in Spring Hill


    SPRING HILL — A 23-year-old man has been charged with impersonating an officer after he tried to pull over a driver on Mariner Boulevard on Christmas Day, deputies said.

  2. Annual count of birds and bird species in Brooksville area is mostly a success


    BROOKSVILLE — Sometimes the reasons for a shortage of a particular species of bird on a particular day are obscure and might include shifts in weather patterns or changing agricultural practices in distant countries.

    Birders, from left, Vince Morris, Caitlin Gille, Mike Liberton and Becky LaRoche discuss birding strategy at the shore of Bystre Lake, east of Brooksville, on Saturday for the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.
  3. Heading into 2015, Hernando administrator has a lot of prospects, projects on his plate

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — For Len Sossamon, the pace each day is a sprint.

    Len Sossamon is Hernando’s county administrator and director of economic development.
  4. Asphalt millings are settling the dust on Hernando's lime rock roads

    Local Government


    For two decades, Rackley Road resident David Nelson endured the issues that come with living on a lime rock road. Send the dog out to do his business; he returns covered with dust. Try to dry the clean clothes on a clothesline; be prepared to wash them again.

    Robert Batten guides recycled asphalt millings onto the lime rock surface of Perimeter Drive for grading and compacting in October.
  5. Hernando library now offers free digital movies

    Local Government

    SPRING HILL — Free movies by the thousands.

  6. Hernando religion events for Dec. 26


    Religion calendar


    Brooksville Wesleyan Church's worship arts department, 22319 Cortez Blvd., is selling tickets for a concert with Christian singer-songwriter Fernando Ortega at 6 p.m. Jan. 3. General admission is $10. Group tickets are five for $45 or 10 for $85 and are …

  7. Hernando's Briefs for Dec. 26



    Best Christmas decorations named in Brooksville