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November 8, 2000

Nugent wins sheriff race
[Times photo: Maurice Rivenbark]
Rich Nugent, left, Republican candidate for Hernando County Sheriff, celebrates his win with supporters, including his 12-year-old son Casey and his wife Wendy in Brooksville Tuesday night.

In a tight race, a 27-year veteran of law enforcement won the top job in the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Richard Nugent, a major in the department, edged James "Eddie" McConnell, a sergeant in the same office, 49 percent to 46 percent.

Michael Robinson, a former investigator for the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs, got 5 percent of the vote.

[Times photo: Kevin White]
Democratic candidate for Hernando County Sheriff, James E. "Eddie" McConnell, anxiously watches election results are projected onto a screen in the Hernando County Commission Chambers. At his left is his wife Lisa McConnell, and cousin Barbara Batten, far left.

Election 2000
Bernardini bests longtime adversary
BROOKSVILLE -- Former Mayor Joe Bernardini was returned to the Brooksville City Council on Tuesday, decisively beating one of the leaders of the movement that ousted him six years ago, Pat Brayton.

Sikes will succeed her sister upon retirement
BROOKSVILLE -- Democrat Juanita Sikes will succeed her sister as Hernando County tax collector.

Experienced teacher wins out over mom
BROOKSVILLE -- Gail Coleman, who taught in Hernando County schools for 91/2 years and served on the School Board for four years, was restored to the office she left in 1996 with an overwhelming victory Tuesday.

Williams captures historic win
BROOKSVILLE -- In the end, more than two decades of experience trumped a newcomer in the race for Hernando County supervisor of elections, providing Hernando with the first African-American to win countywide office.

Early tally: Andrews first, Martin second, Hollander third
SPRING HILL -- Dennis Andrews, Richard Martin and Jeff Hollander took an early lead Tuesday night in the race to fill three open seats on the Spring Hill Fire Rescue Commission.

Democrats take over the board
BROOKSVILLE -- Democrats swept into the Hernando County Commission on Tuesday, leaving the policymaking board without a Republican member despite a 3,000-person GOP majority among registered voters.

Big ticket polls' big draw
Many say the presidential election pulled them to the voting booth. Others say the issues are most important.

Top stories
New school breaks old design mold

The county's fourth high school will be hurricane-resistant, have lots of glass and still be quite functional.

Man sentenced for attempted rape of 9-year-old
A Brooksville man was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday for the attempted rape of a 9-year-old girl.

One-way streets flexible after all
The state Department of Transportation has insisted on keeping them in the past, but that attitude has shifted.

New year bringing new Time Warner rates
Customers of Time Warner Communications cable television in Hernando County can look forward to a New Year's present: an increase in basic and extended basic fees, as well as the monthly charge for an addressable converter box.

Sheriff should stay impartial
Editor: After reading Sheriff Tom Mylander's large advertisement endorsing Richard Nugent for sheriff, I must voice my opinion.

Oh, to live our childhood again
The little girl at Gulf View Square approached the fountain with a big smile on her face.

Hernando, Springstead take on offensive-deficient opponents
The last night of the regular season has Hernando (5-4) at Tavares (1-8) and Springstead (2-7) at Eustis (4-5).


District firms up plans for school
BROOKSVILLE -- Hernando County's fourth public high school was named Tuesday, and there was some good news -- the School Board may have more money for its construction than earlier expected.

Business sues, says DOT damaged property
A local business is suing the state Department of Transportation, saying the agency damaged its property while building a bike path adjacent to it.

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