Three Little Words: A Good Book and Essay Contest

Three Little Words is eye-opening, breathtaking and painful. A young woman tells her story of growing up in the foster care system here in West/Central Florida, eventually ending up at Tampa Children’s Home before she is finally adopted after spending nearly 10 years in foster care. The memoir account of Ashley Rhodes-Courter has been widely acclaimed since it was published in 2008. She tells her unique story, but thousands of others must have their own variations, some happier, some more tragic than others.

Spring Hill Dixie Celebrates Special Summer

Photography Provided by Joe Abbadessa, Thomas LoBianco, John McMurdo

Back in 2005, long before he became director of Spring Hill Dixie Baseball, Joe Abbadessa witnessed league history unfold. Abbadessa watched his son’s team, the Spring Hill National AAA Minors (age 9-10) All-Stars, capture Spring Hill’s first state championship in any division. Back then it seemed as if the local organization had achieved some sort of impossible dream.

HCSO Policy on Illegal Immigrant Detainment

With the recent murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, concerned citizens around the country may be asking themselves, “How would have Francisco Sanchez been handled by my sheriff’s department?”

Hernando County was labeled as a sanctuary county for illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds by the Center for Immigration Studies. You can find their interactive map at: :http://cis.org/Sanctuary-Cities-Map

Two Weddings and a Fire

Sixty-eight years ago Charles Looper and Leona Brannon were married at Lake Lindsey United Methodist Church. When the couple met, Charles Looper had recently returned from WWII, where he was captured by the Germans in December of 1945. He spent several months in a POW camp in Moosburg called Stalag 7A until he was freed on April 28th, 1945. On that day, the German Compound was taken over by American Troops where he and thousands of other allied soldiers had been kept as POWs.

Bicycling Brothers Experience Year on the Road



When Matt and Andrew Sufficool decided to spend the past year bicycling from one end of the Americas to the other, it definitely raised a few eyebrows.

Andrew Sufficool explained that many younger people under 50 questioned them asking in Andrew's words," ''What do you mean, you guys have to work.' We're like, 'Yeah, we saved our money for a couple years, that's how we can afford to do it,' " Andrew said that they just couldn't comprehend that you don't have to work all the time.

Lake Lindsey United Methodist Church Fire is Arson, Suspect Awaiting Arrest Warrant

Hernando Sun Staff

This past Sunday, Hernando Sun reported on the Lake Lindsey United Methodist church fire. We spoke to Rhonda Lillie, a member of the church who was surprised by the turn of events. We also spoke with Chis Sloane Battalion Chief of Hernando County Fire Rescue who stated that there was no structural damage suffered, just smoke and water damage. He also said that the ATF and State Fire Marshal are investigating the incident. It turns out that investigators identified the incident as arson and a suspect is awaiting arrest.

Ebb and Flow of Aripeka's Artists


A small coastal community on the border of Pasco and Hernando County has been called home by several major contemporary artists. The alluring nature of Aripeka, resides in its beauty and isolation, both especially appealing to artists seeking a place for inspiration and contemplation. At one point at least six highly successful artists lived in Aripeka but not many remain. Like the ebb and flow of the Gulf waters, Aripeka is awaiting new talent to emerge from the tide. Leslie Neumann who is an artist as well as a land conservationist still lives and works in Aripeka.

Masaryktown- A bit of Paradise

Special to Hernando Sun, Elaine Tokos Hogue

I want to share my experience of living in Masaryktown, Florida located 40 miles north of Tampa and 10 miles south of Brooksville on the western coast of Florida. Masaryktown was a small poultry- egg producing farming community, comprised of approximately 300 Slovaks and some Czechs. I say “was” because although the town is the same today, the population and structure are now totally different.


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