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Addressing methamphetamine usage in Hernando County

HCSO PHOTO- Sheriff's Deputy holds drugs seized from a chop shop and meth house raided in September 2016.

It’s no secret- Hernando County has a huge Meth problem. It’s been growing rapidly and giving the county a bad reputation. A quick scan of local news headlines shows how prevalent this problem is. In December, a meth lab was found inside a local retirement community and a patient in the Intensive Care Unit of Bayfront Hospital was seen smoking meth in her hospital bed- while on oxygen. In January, a father and daughter team in Brooksville were arrested for meth-related crimes and the county had more than 10 separate arrests made for possession of methamphetamine.

Brooksville: 'UFO Capital of the World'

Replica UFO where Western Way Plaza now sits, Photo Courtesy of Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories, Bob Martinez

Near where the Western Way Plaza now sits, in Brooksville, there was a replica UFO. It was built by John Reeves who reported that he frequently saw UFOs in that area.

He enjoyed taking walks through the sandy pine covered area around his home. He reported that on March 2, 1965 in the woods he came across a strange object sitting on the ground. The object was disc shaped and held up with four stilts keeping it a few feet off the ground. The disc was 40 feet in diameter and 9 feet tall at the center.

Two murders, many links

Tammy Jo Alexander, school photo

A couple of years ago, Laurel Nowell a high school friend of Tammy Jo Alexander decided to look her up and see how she was doing. She could not find information on her friend and finally called the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office to report her as missing on August 14th, 2014. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Nowell said Alexander, who attended Hernando High School, went missing sometime between 1977 and 1979.

From carrier to supervisor: recalling the glory days of The Tampa Tribune

by Judy Warnock, Special to The Hernando Sun

This photo is mid-1990’s.  The Tampa Tribune sponsored a car show at USF in Tampa.  You would see their balloon at many events in the 1990’s.

Since the Tampa Tribune ceased publication last May, I am reminded of many memories of my newspaper years. I worked for the Tampa Tribune for 39 years from 1975 to 2013. I started as a newspaper carrier, then became a district supervisor, and finally an advertising consultant. I retired in 2013. Here are my memories:

Building a Platform Fit for an Osprey

by Linda Vanderveen and Dennis Capaz
organized by Alice Mary Herden
Photography by Alice Mary Herden, Linda Vanderveen and Dennis Capaz

Osprey Photo by Alice Mary Herden

In March 2016 the Hernando Audubon Society with help from Withlacoochee Electric erected a 40 foot osprey perch at Linda Pederson Park.  The perch is intended for ospreys to use as a nesting site. Linda Vanderveen and Dennis Capaz from the Hernando Audubon were huge supporters of this project.  In this article they detail how the osprey perch came to be and some interesting facts about this graceful bird of prey.

OSPREY FACTS
Ospreys are found by water, including ponds, lakes, rivers, or coastal areas. They are impressive with their 5-6 foot wingspan.  

2016: A Year in Review

Several interesting events unfolded here in Hernando County during the past year from harsh weather to inter-governmental squabbles. Many river and coastal residents were swamped by Hurricane Hermine. We lost a few prominent Hernando County residents. We chose some new faces to serve in local government. A variety of new businesses both large and small popped up around the county. Some of our local government bodies clashed over funding issues. When looking back on the tougher situations, we see a community that joined together to overcome.

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