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Spring Hill woman helps soldier propose with scarf

Spring Hill, Florida - Michelle Sipe's love for crocheting began 15 years ago under her grandmother's guide. The hobby turned into an online business called Chelle's Craft Corner. This Spring Hill crafter's current project will change a couple's life.

"It's exciting, it's exciting. I've put a lot of love into this, thoughts and prayers," says Michelle.

First Lieutenant Roy Ragsdale and Kayla O'Rourke are 23 years old and live in New York. On Monday, Roy wrote Michelle a long email from Afghanistan asking she crochet a scarf for his girlfriend. Roy found her business while doing a search online.

His request was simple Michelle says, "I made him blue and white scarf in the middle I will put the words, 'Will You Marry Me?'"

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Five more rescued Shih Tzus die of Parvo

Five more rescued Shih Tzus die of Parvo

Brooksville, Florida -- More heartbreak in Hernando County as five more of the 64 Shih Tzus abandoned in Brooksville back in November have died from the Parvo virus.

Photo Gallery: Dozens of neglected dogs found abandoned

Shelter officials say the dogs were about to be put up for adoption earlier this month when somehow the virus got into the shelter. There is no cure for Parvo. Shelter workers say they did everything they could to prevent the virus.

Hernando County in state's top 5 for unemployment

Hernando County in state's top 5 for unemployment

Spring Hill, FL -- Hernando County has another rough month with a spike in the unemployment rate that puts it third on the state list.

In a report released on December 17th by the Agency for Worldforce Innovation (AWI), the November figures show Hernando coming in behind Hendry and Flager counties with a 15.2 percent unemployment rate. This compared to the 14.4 percent unemployment rate for Hernando County in October in which it ranked fourth behind St. Lucie County.

The unemployment rate for the state went up a tenth of a percentage point from October to November to 12.0 percent.

"The November unemployment rate reflects the challenges our state is facing as we slowly emerge from the national recession," said AWI Director Cynthia R.

'Balloon Boy' family looking for fresh start in Fla.

'Balloon Boy' family looking for fresh start in Fla.

Tampa Bay, Florida - Richard Heene makes his Bear Scratch devices in the family garage. "It's all from scratch-from bear scratch," he says with a laugh.

And in a home just north of Tampa (the family requested their exact location not be revealed), this inventor is also trying to invent a new life for his family. "Yes, being in Florida is an exciting fresh start for us," says Heene. "The kids love it here."

While 11-year-old Bradford, 10-year-old Ryo and 7-year-old Falcon help with the family business by creating shipping boxes for the Bear Scratch, the Heene's will always be known for creating a publicity stunt. In October 2009, millions watched a giant balloon drift across Colorado.

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HCSO Detention Sergeant arrested for battery

HCSO Detention Sergeant arrested for battery

Brooksville, FL - A Hernando County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) Detention Sergeant was arrested and terminated on Wednesday, December 16, 2010 due to an incident that occurred in the jail on Tuesday, December 14, 2010.

On December 14, at approximately 6:34 am, David Dixon was working in his capacity as a Detention Sergeant for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. While present in the booking section of the jail, Sergeant Dixon using his right hand struck victim Brian McCormack on the left side of McCormack's face with an open hand.

The victim, Brian McCormack had been booked into the jail earlier in the morning by Brooksville Police Department for Obstruction without Violence. McCormack was being moved into the housing unit when the battery occurred.

Coast guard team tested by mass destruction exercise

Coast guard team tested by mass destruction exercise

Brooksville, FL - The Florida National Guard's newly formed 48th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (CST) were assessed by U.S. Northern Command evaluators during a live domestic security exercise in Brooksville today, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Members of the 48th CST, which was formed in 2009, were at the  Army Aviation Support Facility, simulating a real-world weapons-of-mass destruction or chemical attack. The evaluation involved chemical suits and hazardous material testing equipment.

Brooksville family creates a "white" Christmas

Brooksville family creates a "white" Christmas

Brooksville, FL - The Slayton family is enjoying the holiday season "northern-style" with their homemade snow machine thanks to 13-year-old Jaime Slayton.

Jaime's dad, James Slayton, said his son has been bugging him for two years for one of these and was searching online like crazy trying to find one. He came across SNOWatHOME.com and with his family's help was able to create a homemade snowblower from an air compressor and a pressure washer.

In about nine hours the Slaytons had over three inches of snow over 50 feet long and 25 feet wide. <--break->The Slaytons have lived in Brooksville for 10 years but travel to the Northeast each year to visit family. So even though this isn't the first time they've seen snow, it is certainly the first time they have enjoyed it like this.