Monday, December 11, 2017




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.

Kevin Thomas Moglia, an automotive teacher at Nature Coast Technical High School in Hernando County, is charged with battery after deputies say he poked a student's butt crack.

Hernando Sheriff: Automotive teacher arrested on misdemeanor battery charge

SPRING HILL — A Hernando County teacher was arrested last week on a charge of misdemeanor battery after deputies said he was accused of inappropriately touching an adult education student.According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Kevin...
Published: 12/06/17
 Maria Rybka, a longtime Hernando County educator, was well-known as an advocate for a healthy lifestyle. She used plants and natural remedies to combat extended illness. At 50, she died Nov. 30.

Epilogue: Longtime Hernando County educator remembered for friendship, faith

Whether at the front of a classroom or in the garden, Maria Rybka was a teacher to her core. Those who loved her say she lived with purpose: to educate, inspire and demand the most from life.Following a lengthy illness, the longtime Hernando...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/07/17

In Hernando County, here are 13 deaths investigators have yet to solve

A standing statistic says that one third of murders in the United States each year go unsolved, racking up the list of cold cases for law enforcement agencies across the country. In Hernando County, there are
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17
Heather Gibson's home after Hurricane Irma and the extreme flooding of the Withlacoochee River that was brought on by the storm.

For family living near Withlacoochee, Irma took memories, hope for future

Heather Gibson credits the Withlacoochee River for most of her childhood joys. Having grown up just steps from its banks, she remembers sunny afternoons spent biking trails and exploring swimming holes near her parents’ home in Talisman...
Published: 11/28/17
Updated: 11/29/17
Hernando County high school students receive new smartphones as part of an initiative by Sprint telecommunications company to close the digital divide in classrooms.

Thanks to smartphone program, hundreds of Hernando County students are now connected

BROOKSVILLE — In recent years, schools across the state have made major strides toward digital-based instruction. But what about students who don’t have access to the internet?Thanks to an initiative by Sprint telecommunications company, that’s...
Published: 11/28/17
Updated: 11/29/17
Bruce P. McAllister. [Hernando County Sheriff's Office]

Details emerge in suicide of Hernando school volunteer accused of sexual abuse

A former Brooksville school volunteer accused of sexually assaulting teenage foreign exchange students who were under his care was found dead last week, a day before he was due in court on the charges.The body of Bruce McAllister was found at...
Updated one month ago
The town of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria.

After hurricanes, Puerto Rican couple thankful to spend holidays in Spring Hill

SPRING HILL — From their mountainside home in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, Diana Mendez and her husband, Hector Guzman, watched two back-to-back hurricanes ravage the island in September. But the ongoing aftermath of the historically devastating storms —...
Updated one month ago
Employees across the Hernando School District will be asked to weigh in on how superintendent Lori Romano does her job.

Hernando School Board opts for second districtwide evaluation of superintendent

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School Board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to spend $10,000 for a second districtwide survey to evaluate the performance of superintendent Lori Romano.Like the
Updated one month ago
Michael Maynard, chairman of the proposed Chehuntamo Advanced Performance High School, withdrew the application for the charter school Tuesday after numerous questions from the School Board, but said he and his team plan to resubmit it at a later date. [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]

After withdrawing application, Hernando charter school team says it will be back

BROOKSVILLE — Following an afternoon of tough questions and criticism from the Hernando County School Board on Tuesday, those behind a proposed charter school for the "academically advanced" have withdrawn their application.
Updated one month ago
Michael Maynard, chairman of the proposed Chehuntamo Advanced Performance High School, said the charter would open with ninth-graders who have a strong work ethic and at least a 3.0 grade-point average. [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]

Proposed charter school would draw ‘academically advanced’ students

Plans for a proposed charter school that would pull students from Hernando and Pasco counties will be recommended for approval by the Hernando County School Board on Tuesday, according to Angela Kennedy, the district’s director of school...
Updated one month ago