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

  1. New Hernando Times debuts May 2

    News

    One of my childhood memories is my paternal grandmother's appetite for news. One of her primary sources was Time magazine, delivered to her house each week. She would devour each issue, then pass it on to me.

    By the time I was in the fourth or fifth grade, I had subscribed to my own weekly news magazine, and to this day I find it's a great way to keep up with what's happening around the world. The analytical reporting and stories about big issues and trends make me smarter....

  2. Hernando Times shifts publication days

    Columns

    You, our devoted readers, have come to understand over the years that for news that matters in Hernando County, the most reliable place to find it is in the Tampa Bay Times, whether in the Hernando section, on the front page of the paper, in the metro news section or on Tampabay.com — hard-hitting investigative reporting, daily breaking news, analysis, features.

    Starting this week, you're going to see a change in the way we package and present this news. Hernando Times sections will publish every Sunday and Wednesday, and those sections will be larger than the ones we currently publish; on other days of the week, Hernando news and photographs will be in the Local section, also known as the B section. You'll notice a Hernando label on the front and a dedicated Hernando report inside. We will continue to post breaking news, updates and all of our other stories on Tampabay.com, our reimagined, user-friendly website. Visit tampabay.com/hernando....

  3. Hernando deep freeze off in upcoming days

    Weather

    Residents can remove the sheets and blankets from their sensitive plants. Blueberry, strawberry and citrus growers can get some sleep.

    The subfreezing temperatures from earlier this week have lifted, mild wintertime weather has returned, and there's little cause for concern in the coming days.

    After the temperature plunged to 19 degrees early Wednesday morning at the Hernando County Airport, south of Brooksville, a low of 23 was recorded in the early morning hours of Thursday. Bay News 9 recorded lows of 26 in Weeki Wachee and 27 in Spring Hill....

    Russell Young, 16, of Spring Hill sails above the half pipe while skateboarding Thursday at Stewy’s Skate Park in Spring Hill. Young was undeterred by this week’s cold spell. “I kind of like the cold weather,” he said, “I’m from New Jersey.”
  4. Ten Hernando County stories to watch in 2012

    Local Government

    Ten stories to watch in 2012

    1 Who will replace David Hamilton as Hernando County administrator? More to the point: Who can commissioners find to occupy the office, where there's been a revolving door in recent years?

    2 With several constitutional officers retiring, the terms of three county commissioners expiring and potentially contentious races for Congress and the state Legislature, it could be one of the most exciting election years in Hernando in quite some time....

  5. 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.
  6. 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....

  7. 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. ...

  8. 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....

  9. 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....

  10. 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....

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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....

  14. 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....

  15. 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....