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Allisa Babor’s favorite photo is her shot of a North Carolina forest in the clouds. Hers and other local artists’ works are offered at Swap-n-Shop/Roots Creative Co. in Brooksville.

Mother, daughter pair interests with tandem shops in downtown Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — Typically, clothing on sale will attract shoppers off the sidewalk. Art, not so much. So, clothes hound Terry Babor and her art photographer daughter, Allisa Babor, have paired the two at Swap-n-Swap/Roots Creative Co., which opened this month in downtown Brooksville. "I like to find a bargain," said  …


  1. Bluegrass and a traditional Thanksgiving meal on tap at annual Sertoma festival

    Music & Concerts

    SPRING LAKE — When it comes to traditional fare, picking, fiddling, harmonizing and a whole lot of foot-stomping make for the main course at the annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival.

    Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will be a highlight at this year’s Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival, which takes place from Nov. 23-25 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, south of Spring Lake.
  2. Brooksville man accused of sexual abuse commits suicide, police say


    A former Brooksville school volunteer accused of sexually assaulting teenage foreign exchange students who were under his care was found dead this week, a day before he was due in court on the charges.

    McAllister was charged with sexual battery and battery.
  3. After hurricanes, Puerto Rican couple thankful to spend holidays in Spring Hill

    Human Interest

    SPRING HILL — From their mountainside home in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, Diana Mendez and her husband, Hector Guzman, watched two back-to-back hurricanes ravage the island in September. But the ongoing aftermath of the historically devastating storms — Irma and Maria — they've decided to watch from …

    The town of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, after hurricanes Irma and Maria.
  4. Residents express skepticism over proposed expansion of mining near Brooksville

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — As Mary Ellen Urban gazed at the large, color-coded map that delineated where lime-rock mining could expand near her Brooksville home in the coming years, she pointed skeptically at a section where mining already is under way.

    Mark Stephens, of the Colinas Group, and James Morris, of Cemex Construction Materials Florida, discuss a mining expansion opposed by DeeVon Quirolo of Neighbors Against Mining.
  5. Comfort foods, entertainment highlight Mac and Cheese Festival


    SPRING HILL — With all its cheesy goodness, it's no wonder macaroni and cheese is considered one of the country's top comfort foods. And what better way to celebrate it than to create a festival around it?

    Cake Girl will be one of the food trucks at Saturday’s Mac and Cheese Festival in Spring Hill.
  6. Hometown Hernando for Nov. 17

    Human Interest

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    Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion, recreational sporting event, news from your last club meeting or just a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. You can contact Hometown Hernando news coordinator …

    Basic training graduate: Air Force Airman Allison R. Sheldon recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate?  s degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Sheldon, a 2014 graduate of Zephyrhills High School, is the daughter of Mark T. Sheldon of Brooksville and Michelle L. Meyer of Temple Terrace, and is married to Peter A. Cerruto.
  7. With changes at Pinebrook, Hernando veterans clinic headed to new home

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — As Hernando County begins to convert Pinebrook Regional Medical Center into the new home for several of the county's constitutional officers, one departing tenant has big plans of its own.

    Joe Battle, director of the James A. Haley VA Medical Center.