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Astronaut Shane Kimbrough: 173 days in space

Shane Kimbrough, 50th ISS Commander on a spacewalk Jan. 6, 2017 via Twitter @astro_kimbrough

The Kimbroughs are a prominent Hernando County family. Their Hernando County origins trace back to the early 1900’s with Spring Lake cattle and citrus farmer James Walt Kimbrough. James' grandson Pierce Kimbrough served on the Hernando County School Board in the 1950’s. Their great grandson, Jim Kimbrough, is currently the Chairman of SunTrust Bank, Nature Coast region. (Jim is also the son in law of Alfred McKethan who was a prominent businessman and citrus grower.

Bases loaded in Hernando

Mike Walker coaches a group of players at the MLB Legends Baseball Clinic on April 1, 2017.

Hernando County is an amazing place for children to learn the game of baseball or softball. We have many experienced coaches, some who have even played in the Majors.

Hernando Youth Leagues runs Dixie baseball leagues in Brooksville, Ridge Manor, and Spring Hill. The Brooksville Dixie Baseball and softball leagues have a long tradition of success. The Spring Hill league has had lots of recent success winning several World Series titles in different age groups.

Remembering Rosenquist and his Aripeka Love

James Rosenquist at his studio in Aripeka in 1988. Photo by Russ Blaise.

An artist by the name of James Rosenquist fell in love with the still waters and wild landscape of Aripeka, a rustic fishing village on the border of Hernando and Pasco Counties. While his sleek, sophisticated boldly vibrant brush stroke left an indelible mark on the international art world, Aripeka made an indelible mark on him.

Hernando County's contributions to World War II

A concrete bunker that was used in testing and alignment of aircraft machine guns during WWII at Brooksville - TB Regional Airport.

The genesis of the Brooksville Army field now known as the Brooksville–Tampa Bay Regional Airport came during World War II. A multi-county committee representing the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce met with US Senator Claude Pepper asking for his help in convincing the Army Air Force to create an army base on the lands controlled by the Withlacoochee Forest land use development program. The committee was comprised of John Wallace who served as Project Manager for the creation of the Withlacoochee Forest for the Resettlement Administration, Sheriff Neil F.

Noted author relates story of parents' survival during World War II

Roslyn Franken attributes her parents' survival to "bashert," the yiddish word meaning destiny. Franken says, "It was meant to be."

Members of Spring Hill Central Rotary with author Roslyn Franken.  From left to right: Mike Fitzgerald, Roslyn Franken, Sandra Fitzgerald, Doug Brainard, Stephanie Chambers.

Vicktor Frankl, in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, said “Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”

Roslyn Franken’s parents, John and Sonja, were stellar examples of this philosophy. Ms. Franken relates their amazing story of survival through the Nazi Holocaust and the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in her book Meant to Be: A True Story of Might , Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit.

Opening a connection to our past

Donna Burkes and Kylee Hill ring up customers at the  Richloam General Store grand opening on Feb. 25th, 2017.

On the eastern outskirts of Hernando County, a few miles east of 75, about a half mile south of 50, down a limerock road stands a small general store and post office whose history is connected to several early industries of Florida: timber, turpentine, the railroad and agricultural development. Proprietors Eric and Donna Burkes, who also operate a sign production business, rebuilt the structure in 2016 as a way to attract customers. The Burkes began the sign business in their home next door three years ago, following Eric’s retirement from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

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