The top news stories of 2014, as voted on in an Associated Press poll.
An interactive roll call of some of 2014's most notable obituaries.
The Hernando County Fair Association struggled with financial and public relations issues in 2014.
A proposal to mine lime rock for 20 years on more than 500 acres just west of Brooksville stirred opposition among hundreds of residents but won initial support from the County Commission in 2014.
Documents seemed to show that the son of Hernando County School Board member John Sweeney got special treatment in making up substandard grades.
At one point, the state was prepared to sell the historic Chinsegut Hill Manor House and its surrounding property to the highest bidder.
With $3 million in hand from the state and a promise to match that with $3 million in local money, Hernando County leaders have struggled for months to find the right home for the planned Nature Coast Education and Tourism Center.
Police Chief George Turner called it one of the most "horrific" crimes in Brooksville history.
Eastside Elementary School, which became the first school in Hernando County history to earn an F grade from the state in 2013, rebounded dramatically in 2014, scoring a C.
Hernando County business leaders, along with County Administrator Len Sossamon, came up with what they thought might be a solution to years of declining tax revenue — a 1-cent sales tax.
High courts removed the threat of execution during the past year for two Hernando County killers who had spent decades on death row: Paul Hildwin and Freddie Lee Hall.
First came the fire at Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant. Then the rallying of a grateful community. Now the rebuilding.