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Mike Konrad, Hernando Times Editor

Mike Konrad

Mike Konrad has been the Times' Hernando County editor since 1990. Prior to that, he worked as a metro copy editor in St. Petersburg. Mike grew up in Illinois and worked for three newspapers in that state before he grew tired of the snow, ice and gray skies of Midwest winters. He was a news and sports reporter at the Effingham Daily News, a news reporter and assistant city editor at the Decatur Herald & Review and managing editor at the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale. He received his journalism degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mike lives in Brooksville. He is a clarinet player in the Hernando Symphony Orchestra.

Phone: (352) 754-6119

Email: konrad@tampabay.com

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  1. Hernando authorities seek purse-snatching suspect

    Crime

    SPRING HILL — The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a young man who they say stole a 76-year-old woman's purse on Monday.

    The woman, who was not identified, was leaving the Publix store in Lakewood Plaza on Commercial Way about 5:10 p.m., walking toward her vehicle, when the man ran up behind her, snatched her purse and knocked her to the ground....

    The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help identifying this man, about 20 years old, who they say stole a 76-year-old woman’s purse outside a Spring Hill Publix.
  2. Man critical after early morning shooting in south Brooksville

    Crime

    BROOKSVILLE — A 31-year-old man was in critical condition Saturday after an early morning shooting on the south side of Brooksville.

    The man, whom authorities did not identify immediately, was in surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after suffering two gunshot wounds, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Black said authorities received a call shortly after 3 a.m. and responded to the Elks Lodge at 510 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd. Deputies found the injured man lying on the ground, and he was flown to St. Joseph's....

  3. Hernando authorities seek transient man who sexually battered and threatened woman

    Crime

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County authorites on Friday were looking for a transient man who they say sexually battered and threatened a woman Thursday night near Brooksville.

    Arrest warrants were issued for Allen Everett Koonce, 47, for three counts of sexual battery while armed and false imprisonment. Koonce, who is from Hernando County, may be staying in a transient camp, authorities said, and might be armed with a knife. ...

  4. Sterling Hill votes Sandra Manuele, Christina Miller to Community Development District board

    Elections

    SPRING HILL — Sandra Manuele and Christina Miller won election Tuesday to the Sterling Hill Community Development District board.

    Manuele defeated Louis Peters in the race for Seat 1. Miller won over Kenneth Hedges and Francis T. Zuilkowski in the Seat 2 race.

    Only residents of the Sterling Hill community, which lies on either side of Elgin Boulevard on Spring Hill's east side, were eligible to vote in the election....

  5. Man, woman confess to Spring Hill robberies, carjacking

    Crime

    SPRING HILL — Hernando County authorities arrested two suspects Saturday in connection with robberies of two convenience stores and an armed carjacking in a Publix parking lot earlier in the week.

    Robert Cyr, 28, and Jennifer Crawford, 19, were arrested about 2:30 a.m. after they confessed, according to a statement from the Hernando Sheriff's Office. They were being held Saturday at the Hernando County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail on three counts of robbery with a firearm....

  6. Authorities release name of victim in Hernando fatality

    Accidents

    SPRING HILL — Authorities have identified 62-year-old Iren Pivarcsi of Spring Hill as the woman who died Friday afternoon in a three-vehicle collision at Cortez and Mariner boulevards.

    The wreck occurred about 1:45 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol, when a 2004 Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle driven by Melissa Renaud, 42, of Spring Hill, heading west on Cortez, ran a red light and struck a 2009 Hyundai driven by P.J. Cornacchioli, 67, of Spring Hill, who was driving south on Mariner and attempting to make a left turn onto Cortez....

  7. Candidates already on November ballot

    Elections

    Candidates already on the November ballot

    The following candidates either had no opposition in the primary elections or are running in races that will not appear on the ballot until November:

    U.S. Congress, District 5

    James "Jim" Piccillo (D)

    District Court of Appeal

    Jay Cohen

    Jacqueline R. Griffin ...

  8. Unopposed Hernando County candidates are elected

    Elections

    Early winners

    The following candidates faced no opposition this year and therefore have won election to their offices:

    Circuit Judge

    Lawrence Semento

    Sue S. Robbins

    Willard Pope

    William Henry "Bud" Hallman III

    County Judge

    Donald E. Scaglione

    Hernando County Commission ...

  9. Director of Brooksville parks and recreation charged with domestic battery

    Crime

    BROOKSVILLE — The director of parks and recreation for the city of Brooksville was arrested early Saturday and charged with domestic violence.

    Michael C. Walker, 43, who has worked for the city since 2004 after a career as a professional baseball player, was charged with domestic battery and tampering or harassment of a victim or witness. He remained in custody at the Hernando County Jail at midday Saturday in lieu of $2,500 bail....

  10. Spring Hill motorcyclist critically injured in hit-and-run crash

    Accidents

    SPRING HILL — A 27-year-old Spring Hill man was in critical condition after the motorcycle he was driving was involved in a hit-and-run wreck Friday afternoon.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Brian J. Mahon was traveling west on Spring Hill Drive in the inside lane, west of Mariner Boulevard, about 1:35 p.m. Friday when a light-colored sport utility vehicle collided with his motorcycle....

  11. No injuries in Hernando school bus crash

    Accidents

    WEEKI WACHEE — A Hernando County school bus and another vehicle collided early Thursday morning at a stop sign, but no one was injured.

    The crash occurred just after 7 a.m. at Shoal Line Boulevard and Waverly Road. A couple of students from Central High were on the bus at the time.

    Hernando deputies said the bus stopped at a stop sign at about 7 a.m. when a car approached from behind. The car allegedly failed to stop in time and ran into the bus, going under the bumper....

  12. Motorcyclist killed in crash west of Brooksville

    Accidents

    BROOKSVILLE — A 55-year-old motorcyclist from Kissimmee was killed Sunday afternoon when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a concrete median and a reflective pole, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

    According to the FHP, William Bosveld was riding his 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle east on Cortez Boulevard, west of Brooksville near B.W. Stevenson Road, at 2:53 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway. Bosveld was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene by Hernando County Fire Rescue....

  13. Hernando County shivers through a record chill

    Weather

    If you think the bone-chilling temperatures of the past few mornings have been unlike anything you've felt in years, you're correct. In fact, record lows were set the past two mornings in Hernando County, according to the National Weather Service.

    The lows of 23 Wednesday morning and 19 Thursday morning at the Hernando County Airport, south of Brooksville, were both records for those dates, though highs and lows have been tracked at the airport for only a few years, according to weather service forecaster Rick Davis in Ruskin....

    Judy Jeanette walks Scout past the library in downtown Brooksville in the Thursday morning chill. The National Weather Service recorded an overnight low of 19 degrees and more frosty lows are predicted for Sunday and Monday.
  14. First decade of the 21st century a roller coaster ride for Hernando County

    Human Interest

    The first decade of the 21st century was one of highs and lows in Hernando County, particularly when it came to the economy.

    In government and education, there was a turnover of leadership — in some cases a revolving door.

    There was triumph and defeat.

    And we lost the man known as the "patriarch of Hernando County."

    Here's a look back at the top 10 local stories from the past 10 years....

    Confetti flies for a parade for the opening of the Suncoast Parkway in Pasco County. 	
  15. Changes are coming for Hernando Times

    Business

    Just a reminder: When you pick up your newspaper Monday and Tuesday, you're not going to find a Hernando Times section.

    As I wrote last Sunday, beginning this week the Hernando section will go to a five-days-a-week publication schedule — Wednesday through Sunday.

    Simple economics is behind this decision. Newspapers depend largely on revenue from advertising. With the worst economy this country has experienced in decades, our advertising dollars have fallen substantially. Just like a lot of other businesses, the Times has had to make a number of moves to bring expenses in line with revenues....