Local News

  • Ripe for the picking

    Ever since they were old enough to bend down and pull weeds, brothers Doug and Clarence Alexander have grown watermelons. 

    “First we learned from men like Tinker Allen, John Croft, Lamar Evans and John Thomas, who’s part of the Rooks family,” Doug Alexander said. “Then my brother Clarence and I have been planting them ourselves for about 30 years.”

  • Murderer pleads for mercy

    Michael Rosado said he is a different person now from over 18 years ago when he shot at two other teenagers as part of a gang’s rite of passage.

    “If there was anything I could do to take that action back, I would do it,” Rosado told Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard during part of his resentencing hearing on Thursday. “This isn’t about me, this is about the victims and the people that I’ve hurt.”

  • ABC: Out with the old, in with the new

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Work crews on Thursday began bulldozing down the old ABC building at 822 U.S. 19  — with a much larger and more modern facility now open behind the old store.

    Site supervisor Carl Bradford from R.D. Michaels Inc. of Winter Park said construction has been going on since January and is currently in Phase 2 with the removal of the old building. 

  • LifeSouth's 'Beau' making the rounds

    There’s a desperate need for blood during the summer months and to help combat this need, LifeSouth Community Blood Center is hosting a scavenger hunt.

    Now through July 15, LifeSouth mascot Beau the Bloodhound is making his way around the community to visit blood drives and donor centers to promote donations. 

    Regional manager Sheila Zachow said every year about this time donations drop off, in part due to summer vacations and travel. The need, however, does not decline. 

  • Sheriff restructures organization; two elevated to rank of major

    Sheriff Mike Prendergast on Thursday introduced a new structure for the sheriff’s Office, which took effect immediately.    

    “I have evaluated what’s best for the community we serve and how best to keep our officers safe,” a sheriff’s office news release stated, quoting the sheriff. “For me, every decision I make must be made carefully and methodically to ensure we accomplish our mission.”

  • Ham Field Day starts Saturday

    Ever wonder how radio signals are heard around the world? Or, how less power than used for a living room light bulb can be transformed into radio waves and used to communicate with others thousands of miles away? Do you know the difference between citizen band and amateur radio? Ever wonder how to become an amateur radio operator, otherwise known as a “ham”?   

  • County briefs 6/23/17

    Food giveaway today in Hernando

    A truck will arrive at noon today at the New Church Without Walls at 2577 N. Florida Ave., Hernando, with a delivery of eggs and assorted pastries. First come, first served. No registration or identification is required. Bring your own containers. Please, no early birds. Also, park in the field behind Brannen Bank.


    Trump Republican Club sets meeting

  • Legislative committees to start in September

    With the 2018 legislative session starting in January, the Senate and House will begin holding committee meetings the week of Sept. 11, Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, said in a memos Thursday to members. The plans call for committee meetings during six weeks before session. Along with the week of the Sept. 11, they are the week of Oct. 9; the week of Oct. 23; the week of Nov. 6; the week of Nov. 13; and the week of Dec. 4. 

  • Medical records dispute heads to Supreme Court

    A long-running battle about how much patients should be charged for copies of medical records has gone to the Florida Supreme Court. 

    A patient and a law firm opposed to increased costs have filed a notice asking the Supreme Court to take up the dispute, according to documents posted Thursday on the Supreme Court website. Patient Daniel Fernandez and the firm Dax J. Lonetto Sr., PLLC are challenging a 1st District Court of Appeal ruling in April that sided with the Florida Board of Medicine in the dispute. 

  • Longtime UCF president approved for another year

    John Hitt, who has led the University of Central Florida since 1992, will continue as president for at least another year. 

    The state university system’s Board of Governors on Thursday confirmed the reappointment of Hitt through 

    June 30, 2018. The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees last month approved an extension of Hitt’s contract, but it required confirmation by the Board of Governors.