Melissa Fordyce

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I am a native Floridian, and mom to 4 active boys ranging in ages from 20 to 5. I have an AA in Business Marketing from Axia College and I have been writing poetry and short stories since the age of 13. I enjoy musicals, politics, classic cars, hiking, reading, and visiting historic places. God and family are most important influences to me and I can frequently be found at one of the many sporting events for my children or a classic car show in my spare time.

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The Florida Caverns

Just about an hour west of Tallahassee in the town of Marianna, a gem to explore can be found. This rare find in the state is called the Florida Caverns. The area, once completely under water thousands and thousands of years ago, is worth the trip. The tours last about 45 minutes and the cavern itself is about half a mile.
On a hot Florida day, it is the ideal place to be. The temperature stays a nice 65 degrees all the time. The cavern was discovered at the height of the Great Depression in the 1930’s, and provided a great job for anyone willing to help dig.

The Homeschool Option in Hernando County

Have you ever thought about homeschooling your kids but had no idea where to start? Long gone are the days of parents spending countless hours with books and workbooks going through page after page. In today’s technically advanced time homeschool can open an entire world you didn’t know your kids needed. Sure homeschooling isn’t for everyone and lots of people and kids love what they get in the local public or private school, but it you have wondered about this third option, it offers many different varieties.

Law enforcement take precautions to protect Confederate statue, ensure peaceful protest

Photography by CHERYL CLANTON

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017- In front of the Hernando County Courthouse

On Friday August 18, 2017, the Hernando County Sheriff and Brooksville Police Department prepared for what would hopefully be a peaceful protest. The object of this protest was protection of the 100-year-old Confederate soldier statue at the southeast corner of the courthouse. The monument which has stood since 1916 was commissioned by the Brooksville Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Would the statue be standing after the protest? Would it be peaceful?

Florida Travels: perfect locations for campers

photography by Melissa Fordyce

Fountain

Our state has some of the most beautiful and diverse places to visit. You can travel from one end to the other and feel like you have been completed transported to another part of the country.

My family and I love to camp, but we are fairly new to it. Since owning our camper, we have visited 3 beautiful locations in the great Sunshine State.

Be Joy Backpack Project

Shaun (left) with Bryan the Joy FM Rep at Chick Fil A in Brooksville on August 23rd.

On Tuesday, August 23, 2016, the Joy FM, a Christian radio station, teamed up with our local Chick Fil A to collect food for a local charity. The collected food will be delivered to the People Helping People of Hernando County, to aid their Weekend Blessings program. Weekend Blessings is a backpack program that feeds elementary and middle school children who would otherwise have little or no food to eat over the weekend. Hernando Sun will be covering the Weekend Blessing program in September.

Healthy Kids Day 2016

Healthy Kids Day 2016 took place on Saturday April 30 at the YMCA in Spring Hill. The outdoor event was held from 9 am to noon in the YMCA parking lot. The focus of course was healthy kids, and getting their minds and bodies more active. Kid friendly snacks were offered including watermelon slices on a stick and make it yourself trail mix. The public library handed out free books to help encourage summer reading to keep the mind active. Parents could release some stress and relax for a few minutes enjoying a chair massage.

Relay For Life raises funds for American Cancer Society

The Relay For Life is a yearly event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, a national organization that provide awareness, research, and support for all types of cancer. The 18 hour event begins Friday April 29, 2016 at 6pm and runs until noon on Saturday April 30, 2016 At Nature Coast Technical High School stadium. Even if you don’t participate, it is a great opportunity to come out and support those who are. Many people bring food and merchandise to sell at the event, all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

You Can Give Back in a Big Way

Emma picking up cans collected at Taipei Taipei in Brooksville

A local girl is helping make a difference one aluminum can at a time. Emma is her name. She is a local homeschool 5th grader who participates in the Wings of Service group. Emma has been able to enlist a local restaurant to help in her efforts. While dining at Taipei Taipei Tea House, located at 322 N. Broad St in Brooksville, she noticed the use of cans at their location and inquired if their restaurant would save those cans for her collection.

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