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William Ferrer works on lessons during a Project Restart class at the Hernando County Detention Center.Photos by Chris Bowling | Times

Job training program at Hernando jail gives inmates hope

BROOKSVILLE Austin Carhart told him to check Facebook. Over the phone, the 20-year-old listened for a reaction as his dad scrolled through posts. At first, silence. "Dad, are you there?" Finally, Carhart's dad started laughing in shock. He was looking at a picture of his son, clad in his orange jumpsuit and with sh …

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  1. Spring Hill woman, 24, dies when car hits tree in Pasco County

    Accidents

    LAND O' LAKES — A 24-year-old woman died early Saturday morning after her Hyundai Elantra hit a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  2. Is sinkhole damage sinking Tampa Bay property values?

    Real Estate

    On a scale of desirability, the house for sale on Whittner Drive in Land O' Lakes would rank fairly low. It's a short sale; it sits on an unstabilized sinkhole and it's within a few miles of two houses that collapsed into a gargantuan hole July 14.

    A gated community in Hernando's Spring Hill area, Pristine Place has long been susceptible to sinkholes with nearly a third of its houses with documented sinkhole damage by 2012. Today, however, many houses with repaired sinkhole damage are selling for more than houses without any issues. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times file photo]
  3. Spring Hill to mark golden anniversary with celebration at Lake House

    Events

    SPRING HILL

    It was 1967 when the Deltona Corp. began selling homes in western Hernando County, a rural area that previously had been little more than a vast forest of oak and pine trees.

    This photo, taken in 1967, shows Spring Hill’s signature waterfall at the intersection of Spring Hill Drive and U.S. 19. The community will celebrate its 50th anniversary on July 27.
  4. Port Richey man solicited sex from 13-year-old, Pasco authorities say

    Crime

    PORT RICHEY — A 43-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said he solicited sex from a 13-year-old boy on the dating app Grindr.

    Shawn Daly, 43, of Port Richey was charged with solicitation for sexual conduct with a child over a computer. [Photo courtesy of Pasco Sheriff's Office]
  5. Hernando commission to discuss extension of Republic Services contract

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Several months ago, Ridge Manor Estates residents Jason and Sara Chase decided to order garbage pickup instead of hauling the weekly trash to the nearby convenience center off State Road 50.

  6. Increased revenues help ease pain as Hernando prepares 2017-18 budget

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — With the addition of new homes and businesses and a steady rise in the value of existing properties — nearly 6 percent in the past year — there could be enough money in Hernando County government coffers next year to provide for new staffers, capital expenses and the continuation of …

    Sheriff Al Nienhuis will see his budget go up to 
$46.4M without a fight.
  7. Hernando sheriff's sergeant fired after investigation of fatal shooting

    Public Safety

    Although cleared by state prosecutors after fatally shooting a suicidal elderly man during a house call last year, a Hernando County sheriff's sergeant deputy has been fired after 15 years of service.

    OCTAVIO JONES   |   TimesSheriff Al Nienhuis told Sgt. Gisele Dunn in a termination letter that her actions in the shooting death of Joseph Schlosser were “in violation of agency policy and in direct conflict with the high standards” of the agency.