Jack Evans, Hernando Schools Reporter

Jack Evans

Hernando Schools Reporter

I cover Hernando County schools and all kinds of other North Suncoast news. Nothing excites me more than finding and telling a compelling, human story that illustrates a complicated issue. If you've got tips or story ideas, I want to hear them. I grew up in Tennessee, went to college at Indiana University and started at the Times shortly after graduating in spring 2018, and I love Florida and its idiosyncrasies (except the 90-degree October days). When I'm not at work, I write songs and spend too much time on Twitter. Let's talk about books and what new (or old) music you're listening to.

After 25 years of demolition derby, local legend Froggy passes the torch to his son

ALLIE GOULDING |   Times
During the Figure 8 race, Mark “Froggy” Murchie passes his son, Mark “Tadpole” Murchie Jr., on April 20 at the Hernando County Fair in Brooksville. Tadpole’s car stopped running at the beginning of the race, leaving him to finish in last place, while Froggy finished in second place.
Mark Murchie took to the dirt track for the last time Saturday night at the Hernando County Fair. Tadpole was right beside him.

Amid allegations that she yelled at students and calls for her firing, Hernando school tells teacher to watch her tone

Pine Grove Elementary School teacher Carmela Duncan has come under fire after allegations that she verbally abused her kindergarten students. A school investigation resulted in her being asked to adjust her tone of voice, but no other discipline. OCTAVIO JONES | Times (2012)
A Pine Grove Elementary School kindergarten teacher drew public ire after parents posted audio recordings of her, that they say were secretly recorded.

A 'Hernando County embarrassment': Ex-fire chief's plea deal appalls residents, officials

David Freda, a former fire chief of the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department, appears before Fifth-Judicial Circuit Court Judge Stephen E. Toner during a pretrial hearing in February 2018 at the Hernando County Courthouse in Brooksville. Last week, Freda pleaded no-contest to grand theft, avoiding prison time and a criminal conviction. Douglas R. Clifford | Times (2018)
David Freda, accused of stealing public money while running Hernando Beach's volunteer fire department, got no jail time and no criminal conviction. Residents are "kind of astonished."

Spring Hill mom charged in baby's hot-car death is competent, court rules

Hernando County Sheriff’s Office investigators examine the car where 9-month-old Keyton O’Callaghan was found. Earlier this month, a court found his mother, Cami Moyer, competent to stand trial for murder and neglect charges related to the baby’s hot-car death. MEGAN REEVES | Times (2018)
A judge had ordered a psychological evaluation and competency hearing for Cami Moyer.

Hernando schools superintendent: District has resolved most issues raised by state audit

[DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2018)]
BROOKSVILLE — State officials expressed concern about how the Hernando County School District accounted for tax proceeds and distributed award money for teachers during the 2017-18 fiscal...