Anime Club at the Library

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Anime is a type of cartoon developed in Japan. It didn’t have a huge following in the United States until after the 1990’s. Anime has been tremendously popularized in America through comics, movies and even conferences where enthusiasts dress up as their favorite characters. The Anime style consists of characters with exaggerated eyes and hair. It is similar to another Japanese cartoon called manga.

Register to Vote by August 10th to vote in September 8th Special Election

Supervisor of Elections

Monday, August 10, 2015 is the last day to register to vote if you plan on voting in the 2015 Special Election. The Election is scheduled for September 8, 2015. Applications are available at the Supervisor of Elections office, public libraries, county offices, city halls or state agencies that provide public assistance. Applications are also available on the Supervisor of Elections website at

The Arc Nature Coast Celebrates the Opening of their Neff Lake Group Home

The Arc Nature Coast recently opened a new 6 bedroom group home on their 30 acre Neff Lake Campus. They were awarded a $350,000 grant through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation for the construction of the home built by Palmwood Construction and originally designed by PAR drafting. They also received supplemental SHIP funding through the Hernando County Housing Authority. The Arc Nature Coast has been serving intellectually and developmentally challenged individuals and their families in Hernando County since 1973.

Sheriff's Charities Bowling Extravaganza Builds Community


The opportunity for the community to interact with the Hernando County Sheriff’s department builds a family-oriented bond as well as community trust. Spring Hill Lanes recently hosted the 15th Annual Hernando County Sheriff’s Charities Bowling Extravaganza and this year was the lanes were full.

Chick-Fil-A Charity Cruise In: Nice Cars and a Worthy Cause Each Month

Live music, cars, and food, make the perfect combination to end a Tuesday. This monthly event which began in January 2012 is sponsored by Chick-Fil-A and Monster Transmission and Performance. On the first Tuesday of every month from 5-8pm as long as weather is permitting, the parking lot at Chick-Fil-A is transformed, and beautiful classic, muscle, and sports cars are displayed for your viewing pleasure as you listen to the live DJ playing the oldies.

Sheriff Substation Opens in Kass Circle

In the photo above from Left to Right: Pat McNeese HC Planning, Bindu and Steve Eriksson (plaza owners), Lil Smith of Papa Clyde's, Donald Wagner Owner of Papa Clyde's Ice Cream, Ginger Latinka Habitat for Humanity Assistant Manager, Chad Shaver Habitat for Humanity Manager, Lynn Van Meter Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Sheriff Nienhuis, Beatrice Hernando Sun-Shine Kid

Softball Proving Successful in County

Contributing: Alice Mary Herden, Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

When Harry Johnson joined the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department in the early 2000s, he wanted to make use of the two public softball fields in Spring Hill. Now, some 14-15 years later, HCRD has a recreational men's softball league that hovers in the neighborhood of 30 teams and around 500 players.

Mud Action and Diehard Fans


Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

It was a day of celebration, a day of rain and a day of demolition at the Hernando County Fairgrounds Smash’m up Fourth of July Celebration in Brooksville, Florida. Richard Klimas, member of Brooksville Pulling Association since 2008, has handled the Demolition Derby event for the past five years and has seen all sorts of themed battered crushed stock cars. During this event, there were some neatly designed cars. “It’s something about destruction.” Richard Klimas laughs. With jammed packed stands, this is just one of Brooksville's events everyone must see.

Legendary Sirens are Mermaids Forever

Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Recently a unique group of mermaids (pictured above from left to right): Lydia Dodson 69’-72’, Bev Sutton 69’-72’, Lynn Columbo 73’-86’, Susie Pennoyer 71’-73’, Marianne Bennett 69’-75’, Vicki Smith 57’-61’, Rita King 63’-68’ (not pictured) showed their grace and skill at the Weeki Wachee Mermaids’ Legendary Sirens performance. How did these ladies get the chance to be a part of Weeki Wachee’s greatest show? A common thread of the mermaids' various stories is that they each had wanted to be a mermaid since girlhood.


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