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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.

Hernando Sun celebrates 2 years of printing

Hernando Sun Shine kids at the printing press. The Citrus Chronicle prints the newspaper each week.

The Hernando Sun's first printed newspaper was produced two years ago on March 1st. Our first issue was an eight page broadsheet. It came out once a month. At the time it was a challenge to finish that every month and send it out and deliver to stores. We spent a lot of time getting into stores and talking to managers to get into the stores. The first issue was free and every issue since then has cost 75 cents. On April 1st, last year we increased our printing frequency to weekly.

Vincent House expanding to Hernando County

Before seeking help from Vincent House, said Justin Shea, “I left a six month indentation on my parents’ couch… I wouldn’t go outside…” He explained that in high school he was energetic and outgoing, but then he was diagnosed with a mental illness. “And all that was taken away from me,” he said.

Shea compares recovering from mental illness to recovering from a stroke.

Congressman Daniel Webster presents US flag to Alzheimer's Family Organization

Congressman Webster presents flag to Alzheimer's Family Organization. From left to right: John Brinker, Community Educator; Kathleen Winters, Executive Director; Matthew Barry, Board of Directors President; Congressman Daniel Webster.

On February 22, Congressman Daniel Webster presented a U.S. flag to the Alzheimer’s Family Organization. The ceremony took place at their office in Spring Hill.

Webster, the Republican representative from District 11, made the presentation in memory of his late mother who had suffered from Alzheimer’s. His mother was in a facility first, but then he decided to bring her home so he could care for her himself.

Humane Society of the Nature Coast moving forward with campus expansion

BROOKSVILLE, FL – The Humane Society of the Nature Coast announced the not-for-profit’s expansion of their current Brooksville campus.

The new facility will be located at 7200 Mobley Rd., where their current campus resides. The new building will more than double the organizations capacity for adoptable cats and for dogs in the near future. An Exam Room, New Free-Roaming Cat Rooms, Cat Patios, Medical Isolation Rooms, Volunteer Center, Education Room and Staff functions will all be housed in the new building.

Spring Hill was almost named Spring Lake

Spring Lake?

The waterfall on US19 almost had a different name on it. Spring Hill was not the first choice of the developers. The original name of the development was Spring Lake after the twenty mostly spring fed lakes that were scattered throughout the development’s property.

Spring Hill was developed by the Deltona Corporation. The Deltona Corporation was the development company that was formed by the Mackle Brothers: Elliott, Robert and Frank Jr. They had developments started in Marco Island and Deltona Lakes at the time, but their main focus was Spring Hill.

The Flight of a Lifetime

Collings Foundation B-17, photo by Sarah Nachin

Imagine yourself as a twenty-nine year old in 1944, getting ready to be shipped overseas to be part of a B-17 crew. You’ve finished training as a ball turret gunner (one of the most dangerous jobs on the plane) convinced that you are a “coward” but knowing it’s too late to change your mind. You stop at home for a two week leave , maybe the last time you’ll ever see your family, sure that you are “headed for an eventual death in aerial combat.” You stop and visit a friend who’s married and has a son.

Forgiveness

“…For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)

In 1 Samuel 13:14, God expressed how He sought out “a man after His own heart” to rule over His people.

He chose David to become king.

Now David was not the “perfect” example of a human being by any means. He made mistakes and errors just like everyone else.

David had even committed murder later on in his life. Some would consider that a “big sin”.

Review: Over the River and Through the Woods

Family, Faith, and Food are three important themes in Over the River and Through the Woods, a play by Joe DiPietro, and the latest show at Stagewest Community Playhouse. It’s a play about life and the struggle for independence and autonomy versus love of family and tradition. It’s about human nature, our idiosyncrasies, and the choices we make.

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