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The Florida Blueberry Festival, which has been held in downtown Brooksville, will not return next year after organizers decide against signing a $1-a-year, 40-year lease that would have moved the event to the Quarry Golf Course property.OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Amidst controversy, Florida Blueberry Festival won't return to Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — The Florida Blueberry Festival will not return to Brooksville, and the controversial lease that the festival had forged with the City Council will not be signed. City officials were informed Monday morning, the day they expected festival organizers to finally sign the $1-a-year, 40-year lease for the  …

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  1. Hernando sheriff: Orlando mother turns in 18-year-old son in pawn shop burglary

    Crime

    Times Staff Writer

    SPRING HILL — Hernando deputies have arrested a fourth person in connection with a pawn shop burglary, but they really didn't have to do anything to find him.

    Elijah Pickard, 18, of Orlando, was turned in by his own mother in connection with a pawn shop burglary, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office [Courtesy of Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Hernando commissioners question sheriff's accounting of federal inmate dollars

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — As Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis and his staff presented his proposed 2017-18 budget earlier this month, county Commissioner Steve Champion threw out an unexpected question.

    Sheriff Al Nienhuis and the county fought over his department’s budget last year.
  3. Commissioners say sheriff needs to be transparent about inmate money

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Steve Champion had just taken the oath of office as a new commissioner in December, and immediately said he wanted to see the County Commission settle its ongoing budget dispute with Sheriff Al Nienhuis.

    Commissioner Steve Champion says he wants all public money on the table.
  4. Hernando's state legislators celebrate session successes

    Legislature

    SPRING HILL — During a legislative update this week, state lawmakers representing Hernando County highlighted the highs and lows of the recent session, focusing primarily on education issues.

    Rep. Blaise Ingoglia described it as “controlled chaos.’’
  5. Despite criticisms, board votes to retain Pasco-Hernando State College president

    Blogs

    BROOKSVILLE — After two days of contentious discussion on whether Pasco-Hernando State College president Timothy Beard should keep his job, the board of trustees decided he will — at least for one more year.

  6. Hernando letters: Prevent fracking to save Big Cypress Preserve

    Letters

    The push to clean up Weeki Wachee Springs comes at a high cost | June 9

    Stop fracking, save Big Cypress

  7. Despite criticisms, board votes to retain Pasco-Hernando State College president

    College

    BROOKSVILLE — After two days of contentious discussion on whether Pasco-Hernando State College president Timothy Beard should keep his job, the board of trustees decided he will — at least for one more year.

    Trustees were divided on their assessments of Timothy Beard’s performance as president.