Saturday, June 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.

Florida's Capitol. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

Republican incumbents set to defend seats in Hernando County’s state, national races

Four high-level Republican incumbents representing Hernando County will face Democratic challengers this year in their runs for reelection. And two of the newcomers are husband and wife.It will be the
Published: 06/22/18
Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby.

State Sen. Wilton Simpson to face competitor for the first time

For the first time ever, District 10 State Sen. Wilton Simpson, who represents Hernando and Citrus counties and parts of Pasco County, will face an opponent in his try for reelection to the Florida Senate.Democrat Michael Cottrell,...
Published: 06/22/18
DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   TimesHernando County Courthouse

Here’s who qualified to run for office in Hernando County

In Hernando County, seven candidates qualified Friday to run for seats on the County Commission and School Board — and two won spots on the Brooksville City...
Published: 06/22/18
Hernando County school district headquarters [Douglas Clifford | Times]

Seven candidates qualify for Hernando County School Board races

Seven candidates have lined up in races for three seats open on the Hernando County School Board, including incumbents Mark Johnson and Susan Duval.Johnson, who was elected to the board's District 1 seat in 2014, faces...
Published: 06/22/18
Hernando County School District

Hernando students score slightly better on state tests

BROOKSVILLE — As schools and districts across the state await their 2018 grades from the Florida Department of Education, the standardized test scores that factor into those ratings and were dropped last week show slight gains in Hernando...
Published: 06/20/18
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
Hernando County District Schools Superintendent Lori Romano listens to board member Susan Duval give her remarks on the firing of 47 teachers at Moton Elementary School during the board meeting.

Hernando school officials set to discuss replacement, sever ties after firing Superintendent Lori Romano

BROOKSVILLE — With dust still settling from the Hernando County School Board’s close vote to fire Superintendent Lori Romano — and days before her time as head of the district runs out — school officials and community members seem to be already moving...
Published: 06/20/18
George Mason III has been convicted of killing three people and wounding a fourth in a shooting rampage on August 29, 2014.

Brooksville man convicted of murder awaits possible death sentence

BROOKVILLE — Although he was convicted last week on first-degree murder charges, George Mason III will wait nearly two months to find out whether he will face death for the crimes.The fate of the 47-year-old Brooksville man — found guilty by a...
Published: 06/19/18
A Broward County Sheriff's Office deputy removes police tape from a makeshift memorial in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 18. [JOHN MCCALL | Sun Sentinel/TNS]

Florida education news: New candidates, school security and a suspended PTSA

ELECTIONS: A former county official
Published: 06/19/18
Diane Rowden [Times file]

Former Hernando County official Diane Rowden joins race for School Board

Longtime Hernando County resident and former official Diane Rowden threw her hat in the ring for the District 3 seat of the School Board Monday."I just feel like my job is not over with," Rowden, 68, told the...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18
Jeff Greene, campaigning for U.S. Senate, in 2010 [LARA CERRI, Times]

Florida education news: testing, safety and a gubernatorial candidate’s take on education

SAFE SCHOOLS: Miami-Dade School District
Published: 06/18/18