Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Jack Evans, Times Staff Writer

Jack Evans is a 2018 summer intern for the Tampa Bay Times.

Blaise Ingoglia

Florida House District 35 results: Blaise Ingoglia defeats Colleen Kasperek

Blaise Ingoglia held onto his Florida House District 35 seat with a decisive victory Tuesday. With all 30 of the district's precincts reporting, the Republican incumbent had more than 61 percent of the vote.Ingoglia, 47, has represented...
Published: 11/06/18
Hernando County School Board member Jimmy Lodato [Courtesy of Jimmy Lodato]

Hernando School Board election results: Jimmy Lodato defeats Diane Rowden

Jimmy Lodato, a teacher advocate and frequent presence at school board meetings, defeated Diane Rowden on Tuesday to take the lone remaining seat on the Hernando County School Board.With all Hernando County precincts reporting, Lodato...
Published: 11/06/18
Colleen Kasperek and Blaise Ingoglia.

Blaise Ingoglia, Colleen Kasperek face off for Florida House District 35: What you need to know

Incumbent Blaise Ingoglia is the chairman of the state GOP. Democrat Colleen Kasperek is an experienced defense attorney.
Published: 11/04/18
Updated: 11/05/18
Hernando County School Board member Jimmy Lodato faces Diane Rowden (right.) [Courtesy of Jimmy Lodato/Courtesy of Diane Rowden]

Hernando School Board election between Diane Rowden, Jimmy Lodato: What you need to know

One candidate has run for office several times without success and the other has served on the county commission and briefly on the school board.
Published: 11/03/18
Updated: 11/05/18
The scene where residents believe a tornado touched down during a storm in the Seminole area on Friday afternoon. There were reports of possible tornado touch downs and storm damage reported across the Tampa Bay area. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Tornadoes, storms wreak sudden havoc across the Tampa Bay area

Cindy Milas is certain that it was a tornado that landed in her neighborhood on Friday — right on top of her.
Published: 11/02/18
Hernando County School District

Hernando schools suspend black kids far more often than white ones. Now the district is trying to close its disciplinary gap.

Its effort to attack the problem — and improve relationships between schools and families — may be the biggest in the state.
Published: 11/01/18
Timothy Furchak of Spring Hill dropped his ballot at the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Branch Office on Oct. 22.  ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times

Hernando County sees high early voter turnout, reflecting statewide trend

As of Wednesday morning, nearly 40,000 people — almost 30 percent of the county's registered voters — had cast ballots.
Published: 10/31/18
The scene of an Oct. 25 house fire at 2050 Laredo Ave. in Spring Hill. [Courtesy Hernando County Fire Rescue]

One person found dead at scene of Spring Hill house fire

No cause of death or identity has been released for the person, who county authorities called a "victim."
Updated one month ago
2018 school board races
(left) Hernando County School Board member Jimmy Lodato [Courtesy of Jimmy Lodato]
(right) Diane Rowden [Courtesy of Diane Rowden]

After a neck-and-neck primary, two Hernando County political perennials grapple for lone School Board seat

Diane Rowden and Jimmy Lodato are familiar names in Hernando politics. One of them will take the District 3 School Board seat.
Updated one month ago
Hernando County District Schools Superintendent Lori Romano pleads her case to audience on the firing of the 47 teachers at Moton Elementary during the board meeting. A crowd packs the Hernando County Schools District board meeting just days after the  announcement of 47 teachers at Moton Elementary will have to leave their jobs by the end of the 2018 school year in Brooksville, Florida on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Hernando school board affirms firing of ex-superintendent Lori Romano

After the former superintendent appealed her firing, the board had to decide whether it acted properly back in June.
Updated one month ago