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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.

Artful Possibilities Makes Brooksville Home

photography by Elizabeth Dentato

A source of creativity and art for over 4 years, Artful Possibilities was originally located in Spring Hill, but recently made the move to 414 E. Liberty St., in Brooksville. They had their grand opening on February 4th at the new location.

Michelle Margotta, the owner of Artful Possibilities, grew up in a ceramic business and has been painting ever since she was little. Her interest in painting grew, and she actually published 6 books on decorative painting in the ‘90s.

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.

Florida Friendly Pruning Tips

Lilly Browning is the Hernando County Florida Friendly Plant Program Coordinator

It is feeling a bit like springtime. We’ve had a fairly warm winter, and some of our spring plants are going to start blooming early. That puts us all in a mood to freshen up our yards, and start pruning for the coming season. Here are some pruning tips to remember before you pick up those pruning shears:

Spring Hill Elementary celebrates literacy

photography by Sarah Nachin

Students pet Tebow the dog, main character of Tebow Tails

An active yet entranced group of kindergarteners listened attentively as author Tracey Sullivan read to them from her picture book, Tebow Tails, Caspar’s Conquest. This fun activity was part of Spring Hill Elementary School’s Celebrate Literacy Week. It was hard to tell if the children were more excited about hearing the story or getting to meet Tebow, a Flashy Fawn Boxer, the main character of her story.

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