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In massive thriller, Hernando almost pulls off major upset

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

HHS No. 53 Hayden Griffith before battling Clay on Nov. 10, 2017

For the first time in five years, the Hernando Leopards varsity football program was one of the 32 teams selected in the 5A class of the FHSAA playoffs. This time around, the team was district champions, riding a 7-2 record to 38 points in the new system. On Friday night at Tom Fisher Memorial Stadium, fans packed the stands to watch Hernando take on their opponent in the first round, the Clay Blue Devils, who are located roughly three hours from Brooksville.

What transpired during this game arguably made it the game of the first round.

Crime

Arrests Net HCSO with Wide-spread Credit Card Fraud Operation

What started out as a routine arrest for a fraudulent (merchandise) return/refund operation became a much bigger case for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office (HCSO). They had been investigating a complaint by Bed, Bath and Beyond against 33 year-old Jeansy Cuevas- Padron and 31 year-old Marileisys Rodriguez Serra since August. The pair were accused of using stolen credit card information to purchase items from the merchant, then returning the merchandise to other store locations.

Business

Government

FDOT looks for ways to speed up roundabout solution to dangerous intersection amid protest

July 27, 2015- Citrus Way and 98- crash kills 5 and injures 2 when a box truck traveling south on Citrus Way did not stop at the intersection, barreling over a pick up truck traveling west on US 98. The 5 killed were in the pick up.

She was witness to one of the most brutal and deadliest crashes at the dangerous intersection in front of her store. She saw bystanders snatch the dead, charred body of the driver from the fiery crash of the battered pick-up truck. It was not until 30 minutes later that anyone realized another burnt, dead body was still inside the smoldering truck cab.

I never want to see anything like that again,"says Donna Dilling, owner of Des Champs, the country convenience store at the perilous intersection of US 98 and County Road 491 about eight miles northwest of Brooksville.

Education