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Slideshow: Latest from Hernando County
  • Walter Southard gets a hug from his son, Eric, after surprising him at Fox Chapel Middle School in Spring Hill. Southard had been in the Iraq for the last five years, where he worked as a firefighter for the U.S. government.
  • Heavy rains soaked much of Hernando County, including this lawn at Baton Ave in Spring Hill. (Photo: Frankie Wilkins, viewer)
  • The storms are being blamed for knocking down the traffic signal at U.S. 19 and Highpoint Boulevard in Brooksville. (Photo: Mitch Llewellyn, viewer)
  • Brooksville saw heavy rains Saturday morning, with some areas expected to receive as much as 2-4 inches of rain. This photo was taken near State Road 50 and U.S. 41. (Photo: Marion Wells Rodgers, viewer)
  • Brian Christopher Murphy, 22, is accused of trying to kill two residents at an assisted living facility where he worked.
  • A small Cessna plane made a hard landing at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport.  No one was injured in the incident.
  • Two children were flown to Tampa General Hospital Friday morning after being injured in a house fire in Spring Hill.
  • The Crescent Community Clinic in Spring Hill is expanding to accommodate greater demand for its services.
  • Arthur St. Clair was born into slavery in 1837. About 10 years later he was sold for $450 and ended up in Hernando County. This is a copy of his slave papers.
  • The storms, which had gusts of up to 47 mph in some places, knocked a tree onto Samantha Rhode's house in Brooksville.
  • Samantha Rhodes wasn't home when storms rolled through her neighborhood Wednesday night. When she came home, she discovered that a tree had fallen onto her house.
  • A Hernando County house is home to more than 60 cats, and neighbors are not happy about it. They say the stench is so bad, they would move, but they can't sell their houses.
  • A Hernando County day care forced to make major changes due to sequestration cuts is getting their funding back.
  • Papa Joe’s employees were up before the sun packing items from their own homes to raise money on Saturday, Feb. 1. The restaurant was recently destroyed in a horrific fire and the employees of the establishment were let go.
  • Hernando County Sheriff's Deputies Vincent Mascitelli (left) and Gregory Locke (right) were honored Jan. 31 for saving a choking man's life in a Brooksville gas station.
  • Stanley Eckard listens as the prosecution calls witnesses to the stand. Eckard is accused of killing his brother, Sean, then burying his body in the family home's yard.
  • K-9 Valor is going through patrol training with Deputy Jeffrey Andrews. The team will begin handling calls after graduation in July. (PHOTO/Hernando County Sheriff's Office)
  • The murder trial of Stanley Eckard, 23, gets underway in Hernando County Tuesday. Eckard is accused of killing his brother, then burying his body in the side yard of the family's home.
  • Drugs seized from in a Hernando County bust.
  • Brooksville sign named after slain teacher, Sarah Davis.
  • Rain from Tropical Storm Isaac pelts a Hernando county road.
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