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Slideshow: Latest from Hernando County
  • Teacher Stephen Hoda meets with the Career Association club at Gulf Coast Middle School and Gulf Coast Academy in Spring Hill.
  • Detectives say they recovered these items when they arrested Alfred Joseph Grabowski II last week in Brooksville. Grabowski, 33, faces numerous charges.
  • Viewer Mary Ann sent in a photo of a bird sitting on a frozen bird bath Friday morning. Temperatures dipped as low as freezing in the northern counties.
  • In this image from Facebook, Jonathan, 13, is seen with his father, John C. Canna.
  • Tori Selby says she always wanted to teach and even practiced on her younger sisters. At age 20, she is the youngest teacher in Hernando County.
  • The restored B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast plane is set to arrive at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport next month. (Photo: Hernando County)
  • There was enough frost for writing in Spring Hill Thursday morning.  (Courtesy:  Brenda Noe)
  • Carl Armor, front, is one of seven Hernando County veterans who recently had the opportunity to take a free flight in a vintage biplane.
  • Storm clouds move in over Weeki Wachee as a cold front sweeps toward west-central Florida Monday afternoon. (Photo: Leesa Glazier, viewer)
  • Residents of the Timber Pines community along with members of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office hit the pavement for the annual Timber Pines Holiday Walk. (Photo: Hernando County Sheriff's Office)
  • Ruth Wharton has owned The Book Fair bookstore in Spring Hill for 31 years. She plans to retire by the end of January.
  • Students in the Video Game Design and Simulation program at Weeki Wachee High School learn how to develop and program video games and smartphone apps.
  • Owner Joe Giarratana looks at plans for the new Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, which he hopes will be rebuilt by February.
  • A project that has been in the works for years to get rid of a serious stench in Hernando County finally finally has the green light.
  • According to a new engineering report, a large underground void is near the site of a massive sinkhole that opened in Spring Hill last month.
  • Eva Gomez is one of the 96 students at Challenger K-8 to earn a perfect FCAT score last year. Her perfect score came in math.
  • New sand is being leveled at Alfred A. McKethan Park on Pine Island. The man-made beach is getting at least four new loads of sand. (Photo: Ferdinand Zogbaum, Staff)
  • Cody Bilbery-Nickless, 17, died Monday when officials said he drowned while diving with friends off the coast of Hernando County.  The teen had recently graduated from Citrus High School.
  • A viewer sent in this photo of an American flag juxtaposed with a rainbow in Spring Hill. (Photo: Nina Ouimette, viewer)
  • Officials say a new road at Lake Townsen Regional Park will give the public better access to the boat ramp and the fishing pier. (Photo: Hernando County Community Relations)
  • Crews with the Florida Forest Service battle a brush fire that broke out in Hernando County. (Photo: FFS Withlacooche)
  • A beautiful sunset as seen from Pine Island in Hernando County. (Photo: Lori-Ann Drew, viewer)
  • Initial reports indicate that the first deputies to arrive at the scene were confronted by James Palmer, who was extremely aggressive.
  • A viewer reported flooding in the street in front of her house as a result of Friday's early-morning rainstorms. (Photo: Tasha Williams, viewer)
  • Local marina owner Gordon Wolf wants to build a lodge resort on this property in Hernando Beach. The plan is to also sell some land to the county. Then the county would build an educational plaza with a theater, visitor center and more.
  • 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.
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