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Patron support technician Elin Tate staffs the public library station in the Istachatta Community Center one afternoon a week. By mid September, the site, which serves about 600 patrons yearly, will close permanently. Beth N. Gray | Special to the Times

County sale of 'surplus' property will bring several changes to Istachatta

ISTACHATTA — Fallen twigs and grass clippings pepper the blacktop shuffleboard courts. Welcoming benches beneath the canopy oaks could use a good scrub. The sturdy, concrete-block community center, its windows dark, looks forlorn. The U.S. post office trailer appears ready for a wrecking ball. Hernando County commi …


  1. Rep. Dan Webster handily wins GOP primary in U.S. House District 11

    U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster will have a chance to continue his long career as a lawmaker, but in a new part of the state — the 11th Congressional District.
    Rep. Daniel Webster says he has little familiarity with parts of the district.
  2. Nicholson wins GOP primary for Hernando commission; Champion defeats Russell

    BROOKSVILLE — Incumbent Nick Nicholson pulled out a win, but former Commissioner Dave Russell was defeated by Steve Champion in Tuesday's Republican primary races for seats on the Hernando County Commission.
    Nick Nicholson is completing his first term in the District?1 seat on the county commission.
  3. Prescott wins Hernando School Board seat outright; Guadagnino to runoff

    BROOKSVILLE — Linda Prescott, a retired community college supervisor, was the biggest winner in the two Hernando County School Board races Tuesday, trouncing her two District 2 opponents and easily claiming a majority of the vote to avoid a November runoff.
    Hernando School Board candidates Mario Littman, District 2, Michael Angelo Gordon, District 4, and County Commission District 1 candidate Joe Swilley hold their signs as they greet voters at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Spring Hill Tuesday (8/30/16) morning.
  4. Challenger ousts incumbent Hernando County judge

    BROOKSVILLE — Challenger Kristie Ruppe, a private lawyer, credited her deep connection to the community for her decisive victory Tuesday over incumbent County Judge Donald M. "Sonny" McCathran Jr.
    Kristie Ruppe
  5. Holiday man faces DUI manslaughter charge after crash leaves passenger dead

    SPRING HILL — A Holiday man faces charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence — manslaughter after crashing a pickup truck and killing a passenger Tuesday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  6. Ingoglia wins race for Republican committeeman in Hernando

    BROOKSVILLE — For the first time in 55 years, someone new will be Hernando County's Republican state committeeman, and Tuesday's election results confirmed that state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia of Spring Hill will be that person.
    Blaise Ingoglia
  7. New Spring Hill deli, bakery is a family affair

    SPRING HILLWhen Dan Madaffari and his wife, Elecia, decided to open an authentically Italian sandwich shop and bakery, they knew just where to get their secret ingredient. Joe Primavera, known as "Joey Bread" back in his native Brooklyn, N.Y., was that ingredient. He's Elecia's dad.
    Layer cakes and cheesecakes are available by the slice or whole at MadaVera’s Original Hero & Bakery.