Today's News en Ripe for the picking <div id="cke_pastebin"> Ever since they were old enough to bend down and pull weeds, brothers Doug and Clarence Alexander have grown watermelons.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> &ldquo;First we learned from men like Tinker Allen, John Croft, Lamar Evans and John Thomas, who&rsquo;s part of the Rooks family,&rdquo; Doug Alexander said. &ldquo;Then my brother Clarence and I have been planting them ourselves for about 30 years.&rdquo;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Murderer pleads for mercy <img src="" alt="Michael Rosado — convicted in 1999." title="Michael Rosado — convicted in 1999." align="left" hspace="6" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> 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&rsquo;s rite of passage.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> &ldquo;If there was anything I could do to take that action back, I would do it,&rdquo; Rosado told Circuit Court Judge Richard &ldquo;Ric&rdquo; Howard during part of his resentencing hearing on Thursday. &ldquo;This isn&rsquo;t about me, this is about the victims and the people that I&rsquo;ve hurt.&rdquo;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> ABC: Out with the old, in with the new <img src="" alt="A parking lot will be built after the demolition." title="A parking lot will be built after the demolition." align="left" hspace="6" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> CRYSTAL RIVER &mdash; Work crews on Thursday began bulldozing down the old ABC building at 822 U.S. 19 &nbsp;&mdash; with a much larger and more modern facility now open behind the old store.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> 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.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> LifeSouth's 'Beau' making the rounds <img src="" alt="LifeSouth Community Blood Center’s Beau the Bloodhound, left, (Hannah Allen) tapes up Awilda Cresante’s arm after she donated blood at the LifeSouth Community Blood Center mobile bus at the Walmart Supercenter in Lecanto on Monday." title="LifeSouth Community Blood Center’s Beau the Bloodhound, left, (Hannah Allen) tapes up Awilda Cresante’s arm after she donated blood at the LifeSouth Community Blood Center mobile bus at the Walmart Supercenter in Lecanto on Monday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> There&rsquo;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.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> 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.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> 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.&nbsp;</div> Sheriff restructures organization; two elevated to rank of major <img src="" alt="Jim Goodworth" title="Jim Goodworth" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Sheriff Mike Prendergast on Thursday introduced a new structure for the sheriff&rsquo;s Office, which took effect immediately. &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> &ldquo;I have evaluated what&rsquo;s best for the community we serve and how best to keep our officers safe,&rdquo; a sheriff&rsquo;s office news release stated, quoting the sheriff. &ldquo;For me, every decision I make must be made carefully and methodically to ensure we accomplish our mission.&rdquo;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Ham Field Day starts Saturday <div id="cke_pastebin"> 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 &ldquo;ham&rdquo;? &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> County briefs 6/23/17 <div id="cke_pastebin"> Food giveaway today in Hernando</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> 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.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Trump Republican Club sets meeting</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Legislative committees to start in September <div id="cke_pastebin"> 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&rsquo; 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.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">