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A highlight of the pilgrimate to Italy will be an audience inside the Vatican with Pope Francis.

St. Joan of Arc parish plans fall pilgrimage to Italy

SPRING HILL — On her previous two trips to Italy, Joyce Thorpe, the director of music at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, went to conduct her church's choir at the churches and basilicas they visited. In late September, when she joins her pastor, Father Pat Rebel, and others for an 11-day pilgrimage through Italy,  …

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  1. St. Joan of Arc parish plans fall pilgrimage to Italy

    Religion

    SPRING HILL — On her previous two trips to Italy, Joyce Thorpe, the director of music at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, went to conduct her church's choir at the churches and basilicas they visited. In late September, when she joins her pastor, Father Pat Rebel, and others for an 11-day pilgrimage through Italy, …

    A highlight of the pilgrimate to Italy will be an audience inside the Vatican with Pope Francis.
  2. Registered sexual predator charged in assault of woman in Brooksville

    Public Safety

    Times Staff Writer

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County deputies arrested a registered sexual predator Thursday after they say he attempted to assault a woman and fled into a storm drain.

    Lee Roy Rettley has been charged with attempted homicide, attempted sexual battery and home invasion robbery.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.’’
  7. 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.