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William Payne, 56, stands near one of his 17 worm beds, left, which was destroyed by severe flooding on the Withlacoochee River in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Payne and his brother, Terry Payne, 62, said they plan to rebuild their worm farm, where they will breed and sell worms to fishermen.DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Brothers' worm farm washes away in Withlacoochee floodwaters (w/video)

RIDGE MANOR — Brothers William and Terry Payne were close to realizing their dream. Six more months and their worm farm would have been open for business, bringing in extra cash to make ends meet. They had the permits, a business partner and an estimated quarter-million worms. But Hurricane Irma and the severe floo …


  1. Review: Fast-paced 'Seven Brides' is pure entertainment at Show Palace


    Try not to blink if you go see Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, playing through Nov. 12 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson. If you close your eyes even for a second, you may miss something terrific in this fast-paced, lively and delightfully entertaining show.

    "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" opens Oct. 14 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson. [The LightBox]
  2. With custom-designed clothing, Kaiya Designs helps empower women


    LAND O'LAKES — Marcy Budwick wants to give back and to empower women. So more than a year ago, she began donating a portion of sales from her business to Created, an organization committed to ending sex trafficking. She also went to the organization's facility in Tampa and taught victimized women how to sew.

    Marcy Budwick, owner of Kaiya Designs, designs and makes women's apparel at her studio in Land O'Lakes. The boutique allows customers to visit, by appointment, for fitting and browsing. Orders are completed within three days.

 [Photo by Phyllis Day]
  3. Plenty of food and a lot more at St. Joan of Arc's annual Ethnic Festival


    SPRING HILL — It's all about the food — an ethnic smorgasbord of culinary favorites from countries around the world.

    WILL VRAGOVIC   |   TimesSt. Joan of Arc Catholic Church's 26th annual Ethnic Festival opens Oct. 19 and runs through Oct. 22.
  4. Students and renters hit by Irma eligible for FEMA aid


    Renters and college students who suffered damage during Hurricane Irma may be eligible for relief through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, officials said Saturday.

    Debris litters the street following Hurricane Irma at Marco Island, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Irma made landfall at Marco Island as a category 3 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  5. Doctors air concerns as county prepares to take over Pinebrook center

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    BROOKSVILLE — The last few physicians still operating at Pinebrook Medical Center have appealed to county leaders to give them more time and more funding to move as the county prepares to transform the facility into a new home for county offices.

    Deputy County Administrator Jeff Rogers says the county is still negotiating with doctors who need to leave Pinebrook Medical Center and will bring back a potential agreement to commissioners.
  6. Religion Calendar for Oct. 13



    Bill Bailey's 2017 Fall Gospel Jubilee will be at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, from Oct. 24 to 28. An Early Bird Campers Potluck Supper and Informal Sing with Debbie Domer and Gail Boyce will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Florida Gospel Music Association Night with the Pickerings …

  7. Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Oct. 13



    Sweet autumn fun: The annual Sweetfields Farm Fall Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Mondays through Oct. 30 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 5. The farm is at 17250 Benes Roush Road, east of Masaryktown. The annual event typically features …