Friday, January 19, 2018




Megan covers the Hernando County School District and general news throughout Hernando County. She is from the Jacksonville area and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in photojournalism in May 2015. She joined the Times in January 2016 after spending one year at the Lake City Reporter.

Sensitive romaine lettuce crops suffered frost burn from a cold snap earlier this winter at Twelve Oaks Community Farms near Brooksville. [Courtesy of Michael DeFelice]

In Hernando, overnight cold ‘really sets us on our heels,’ farmer says

BROOKSVILLE — Farmers in Hernando County on Thursday woke up to the newly familiar sight of frost covering their crops.Temperatures took a dive overnight Wednesday, reaching into the low 20s near Brooksville, forcing a handful of local farms to...
Published: 01/18/18
A Hernando County worker who helped rescue cold-stunned sea turtles during a cold snap this month, holds one of the turtles found off Hernando Beach. [MEGAN REEVES | Times]

Dozens of cold-stunned sea turtles treated at Clearwater aquarium

The shivery start to the new year has been a nuisance to humans, but for sea turtles living off the coast of the Tampa Bay region, the cooler weather has proved dangerous — and in some cases, deadly.Following a cold snap earlier this month, 65...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/18/18
Joe Frana has resigned as principal of Moton Elementary School.

In another move at Moton Elementary, Principal Joe Frana resigns ahead of state visit

BROOKSVILLE — Just three months after state educators stepped in to help boost long-struggling Moton Elementary School, its principal has announced his resignation.In a letter...
Published: 01/17/18
Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano

Hernando schools superintendent seeks protection from neighbor she accuses of harassment

SPRING HILL — Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano will appear in court this month after filing for a restraining order against her neighbor, who she said has stalked and harassed her since last summer.In a court filing, Romano...
Published: 01/17/18
The truck of Scott Chamberlain, a bank robber shot to death by Hernando County sheriff's deputies following a speedy chase in September, is shown next to an unmarked patrol vehicle. Chamberlain, 44, was shot after climbing out of his truck and into the patrol vehicle while holding a knife. Seven deputies involved in the shooting have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and State Attorney's Office. [MEGAN REEVES | Times]

State says Hernando deputies were ‘justified’ in September shooting death

Hernando County Sheriff’s Office personnel have been cleared in the death of Scott Michael Chamberlain, a bank robbery suspect deputies shot in the middle of Broad Street following a speedy chase in September, according to the Florida State Attorney’s...
Published: 01/11/18

Hernando candidates line up for elections later this year

A handful of candidates already have pre-filed to run for public office in 2018 elections that will appear on Hernando County ballots in the August primary and the November general election.U.S. House District 11Rep. Daniel Webster, a...
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/10/18
Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times  
Texas Aquatic harvester machines remove Tussock mats near Hunters Lake Road at Hunters Lake in Spring Hill, FL, on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Tussocks are thick floating islands of native and non-native plants, made mostly of plant roots and organic matter. If unmanaged, the tussocks can expand and hurt effect the lakeÃ\u0095s water quality and ecosystem. The Hernando County Aquatic Services and Waterways Division and the Department of Public Works are working with the Florida Fish and WildlifeConservation Commission (FFWCC) to remove the tussocks over the next moth.

Hunters Lake no longer a cow pasture

SPRING HILL — Like most bodies of water in Florida, Hunters Lake is home to many animals. But county workers never expected to find a cow standing in the middle of it.The animal, found about two years ago, had ventured there during a drought.
Updated one month ago
Moton Elementary School principal Joe Frana

Year in review: Moton Elementary under watch by state

Long plagued by high teacher turnover, a rotating administration and student behavior problems, Moton Elementary School entered 2017 unstable and troubled. Still, Principal Joe Frana, hired in Oct. 2016 as the school’s third principal in a...
Updated one month ago
Kevin Thomas Moglia, an automotive teacher at Nature Coast Technical High School in Hernando County, is charged with battery after deputies say he poked a student's butt crack.

Hernando teacher returns to classroom after arrest for inappropriately touching adult education student

SPRING HILL — An automotive instructor who was removed from Nature Coast Technical High School earlier this month after inappropriately touching an adult education student has returned to the classroom, according to the Hernando County School...
Updated one month ago
Timothy Beard, president of Pasco-Hernando State College

Year in review: Pasco-Hernando State College has tumultuous 2017

With new programs, complicated community partnerships and abrupt resignations, Pasco-Hernando State College was busy in 2017, its 45th year in existence.January began with administrators butting heads with Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco over...
Updated one month ago