Friday, February 23, 2018




Megan covers the Hernando County School District and general news throughout Hernando County. She is from the Jacksonville area and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in photojournalism in May 2015. She joined the Times in January 2016 after spending one year at the Lake City Reporter.

Dana Cottrell, candidate for the District 11 seat of the U.S. House of Representatives [Courtesy of Dana Cottrell]

Spring Hill candidate for Congress: ‘I care about this community — I will scream that from the rafters’

SPRING HILL — A Hernando County woman new to the political arena has filed as the fifth Democrat to run against longtime Florida lawmaker U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster for his spot in the U.S. House of Representatives.Dana Cottrell, 49, has lived in...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/21/18
Brent Gaustad walks through the courtyard at Moton Elementary School, where he was recently appointed interim principal following the abrupt resignation of former principal Joe Frana last month. 

Interim principal says teamwork will lift long-struggling Moton Elementary

BROOKSVILLE — Less than a month after taking over as interim principal at long-struggling Moton Elementary School, Brent Gaustad says teamwork by educators across the district has things looking up.Behavior has improved, he said, and innovative...
Published: 02/15/18
A rendering of Project Diamond, an anonymous warehousing and logistics company that is in talks with Hernando County about opening at the Brooksville airport, is shown.
Courtesy of Hernando County

Hernando County deal could bring 75 jobs to Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to give two businesses — one existing, one new — some breaks and boosts in exchange for the promise of jobs. Together, the companies are expected to create 75 new...
Published: 02/13/18
Updated: 02/14/18
CHRIS URSO   |   Times
Blair Hensley along with his brother Ethan pose for a photograph inside the Florida Cracker Kitchen Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 in Brooksville. The Florida Trading Company encompasses, the Florida Cracker Kitchen, Tap Room and a retail business. Owner Blair Hensley recently signed a licensing agreement with a restaurant development company in Jacksonville.

Brooksville’s beloved Florida Cracker Kitchen spreads southern charm to Jacksonville

Florida Cracker Kitchen has become a Brooksville staple since opening on Jefferson Street nearly five years ago. And now that a second location has opened in Jacksonville Beach, the restaurant’s owners hope to see their southern hospitality charm...
Updated one month ago
Deborah Salvesen

Three candidates join local races in Hernando County

BROOKSVILLE — Since the start of the new year, interest in local elections has grown, with three more candidates jumping into races on the 2018 ballot.Two are running as Democrats against incumbent Republicans in separate county commission...
Updated one month ago
Jordan Deandre Jamar Waters faces charges of lewd and lascivious behavior against a victim ages 12 to 16, transmitting information harmful to minors, using a communications device to facilitate a felony, obscene communication/using a computer to lure a child and violation of probation. [Hernando County Sheriff's Office]

Deputies: Spring Hill man, 20, propositioned teens, asked for nude photos

SPRING HILL — A 20-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after deputies said he sent nude photographs to multiple 14-year-old girls and repeatedly propositioned them.The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said it received a complaint about Jordan...
Updated one month ago
Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano

Hernando school board approves raises throughout the district

BROOKSVILLE — Following months of negotiations between the Hernando County School District and its employee unions, the School Board last week unanimously approved pay increases for employees across the district."It was a priority of the entire...
Updated one month ago
Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis

State clears Hernando Sheriff’s Office in shooting death of Brooksville man

BROOKSVILLE — State officials have cleared the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in the death of Anthony Wallace, a Spring Hill man deputies shot dead in September while trying to arrest him on charges of sexual battery of a child.The State...
Updated one month ago
Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano

Hernando schools superintendent and neighbor agree to settle differences out of court

BROOKSVILLE — Rather than settle their differences in court, Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano and the neighbor against whom she recently filed a restraining order will participate in mediation.Romano and the neighbor, Italia...
Updated one month ago
Friends and family gathered Friday, Jan. 26, to honor Taneta Morrell and her 16-year-old daughter, Brene Marshall, who were murdered in their home on Azen Loop three nights earlier. [MEGAN REEVES | Times]

‘Tomorrow is not promised,’ loved ones say at Brooksville teen’s birthday party turned vigil

BROOKSVILLE — On the night of her 17th birthday, a crowd of loved ones gathered outside Brene Marshall’s home beneath a bouquet of shiny balloons tossing in the wind.Holding candles, teary-eyed friends and family members chimed in to sing a...
Updated one month ago