Prohibition Era Murder at the the Tangerine Hotel

Photographs from the State Archives of Florida

The Tangerine Hotel was on Howell Avenue. It is now the Tangerine Cove assisted living facilities. The Tangerine Hotel was the site of a famous murder. The City Attorney in 1931 Herbert Smithson was meeting with Judge Bird and Prosecuting Attorney J. R. Kelly. Smithson is said to have been gunned down by three men in a small sedan as he left the hotel. It is rumored that Smithson was helping federal agents fight the illegal alcohol trade in Hernando.

Trees Come Down at Chinsegut, Despite Couple's Efforts to Save Them

Oak logs piled up in parking area of Chinsegut Wildlife and Conservation Area

The loud droning of trucks, heavy equipment, chainsaws, and wood chippers were heard yesterday morning, May 6th at the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area as dozens of healthy native laurel oak trees were logged from the property surrounding the conservation center. The cutting of the oaks surrounding the center began on Monday May 2, leaving many areas exposed to the impending summer heat including the historic Bishop home sight, conservation center building and parking area.

Local Tech Company Led to Creation of Marker 48

Marker 48

About six months ago a microbrewery opened in Hernando County called Marker 48 Brewing, since that time they have held a wide variety of events. They range from a local homebrewing club, ballot petition signing parties, Hernando County Photographers Club meetings, to Theology on Tap. Theology on Tap is where a group from St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church gets together to discuss religion and drink beer. It has become a popular place for people to gather. Along with a number of craft beers they also have a variety of food trucks on site.

Four Star Admiral from Brooksville to Rest at Arlington National Cemetery


Admiral George Kinnear

Admiral George E.R. “Gus” Kinnear, II will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, May 6, 2016. The distinguished naval aviator passed away peacefully at the age of 87 August 9, 2015 at his home in York Harbor, Maine surrounded by his loving family.

The "Crown" of Hernando County


BROOKSVILLE- The Hernando county courthouse has quite a history. Jimmy Carter spoke from the steps of the courthouse while campaigning in 1975. William Jennings Bryan a former presidential candidate and cousin of William Sherman Jennings, the Florida Governor from Brooksville, also spoke from the steps while campaigning in the 1900s.

100 years of Hernando High Baseball


One hundred years ago, Hernando High first fielded a baseball team. The team has had a number of players that have learned how to compete, lead, and persevere. Some of the players have gone on to become lawyers, doctors, marines and even a few professional baseball players. Ernie Chatman noted that baseball allowed many players to go to college that otherwise would have not had the chance.

From the Sea to the Springs

Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Joe Pete and George Selee

WEEKI WACHEE- Henry E. Gadreault and George C. Selee are just two of many, many Veterans that served to protect our country, but their service was not on land, not on air and not above water, but below in the depths of the sea, in a submarine.

“We dive an experimental submarine, we went to four thousand feet. No other sub has done that,” Gadreault said.

Statements from the County Commission District 1 Candidates


These are the 4 candidates for County Commission District 1. The three Republican candidates will face off in the primary August 30th with the winner facing off against Jimmy Lodato in the general election on November 8th.

Joseph Swilley Sr.(R):


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