Melissa Fordyce

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I am a native Floridian, and mom to 4 active boys ranging in ages from 20 to 5. I have an AA in Business Marketing from Axia College and I have been writing poetry and short stories since the age of 13. I enjoy musicals, politics, classic cars, hiking, reading, and visiting historic places. God and family are most important influences to me and I can frequently be found at one of the many sporting events for my children or a classic car show in my spare time.

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December 06, 2017 - 10:26

Spiced Rum Balls

1⁄2 Cup Spiced Rum

3 Cups Vanilla Wafer Crumbs

1⁄2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1⁄2 Cup Clear Karo Syrup

31⁄2 Cups Grounded Walnuts

Confectioners’ Sugar

Crush Vanilla Wafer (fine)

Crush/Ground Walnuts (fine)

Combine all ingredients except confectioners’ surgar.

Shape into 1 inch balls.

Roll balls in confectioners’ sugar

Store in tightly covered container.

Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Happy Holidays

Local girl performs in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

December 04, 2017 - 07:32
Emma Bolton

Every year millions of Americans watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It has become a tradition for most, and is pure magic seeing all the floats, dancing, singers and music. Knowing that each person who takes part must have put in a lot of hard work to get there and seeing the end result is magical.

Honoring 20 years of books

October 24, 2017 - 01:16
The Little Red Schoolhouse located on Kenlake Avenue in Spring Hill. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

The month of October marks the 20th Anniversary of the Little Red Schoolhouse, and they are having a 20 percent off sale to celebrate. Prior to becoming the bookstore it is today, it was the original Spring Hill Library Branch before the building of its current location was constructed.

The location served as the library the first 9 years and has only been a bookstore for the past 11 years.

The basics of cancers affecting women

October 22, 2017 - 08:31

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought it would be a perfect time to address the cancers that are common to women. I wanted to share the information I found on these common cancers and the possible detection, prevention, and treatment options. Cancer is one of the top two causes of death in women, the other is heart disease. We need to be educated in the signs, tests and possible prevention of all types of cancer.

Obesity Seminar: lifestyle changes necessary to fight obesity, reduce risks of related diseases

October 14, 2017 - 09:29

I had the opportunity to attend Oak Hill Hospital’s Combating Obesity seminar presented by Salman Muddassir, MD, FACP who is Program Director of Oak Hill's Internal Medicine Graduate Medical Education program along with Adam Alperstein, MD, PGY-3, Internal Medicine Resident on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. The seminar was an excellent way to equip those undertaking the major lifestyle changes necessary to fight obesity. Did you know that obesity is the #1 disease in the country, and that it wasn’t classified as a disease until 2013?

Hammock Ridge developer requests brownfield designation

October 08, 2017 - 00:31

At the September 19, 2017, Board of County Commissioners meeting, a request from Goldstein Environmental Law Firm was presented. This request was on behalf of HTG Hammock Ridge, LLC, requesting for the property at 8274 Omaha Circle, Spring Hill be designated as a Green Reuse Area under Florida’s Brownfield Redevelopment Act. Florida Statute 376.80(2)(c).

The Florida Caverns

September 08, 2017 - 01:23

Just about an hour west of Tallahassee in the town of Marianna, a gem to explore can be found. This rare find in the state is called the Florida Caverns. The area, once completely under water thousands and thousands of years ago, is worth the trip. The tours last about 45 minutes and the cavern itself is about half a mile.
On a hot Florida day, it is the ideal place to be. The temperature stays a nice 65 degrees all the time. The cavern was discovered at the height of the Great Depression in the 1930’s, and provided a great job for anyone willing to help dig.

The Homeschool Option in Hernando County

September 07, 2017 - 00:38

Have you ever thought about homeschooling your kids but had no idea where to start? Long gone are the days of parents spending countless hours with books and workbooks going through page after page. In today’s technically advanced time homeschool can open an entire world you didn’t know your kids needed. Sure homeschooling isn’t for everyone and lots of people and kids love what they get in the local public or private school, but it you have wondered about this third option, it offers many different varieties.

Law enforcement take precautions to protect Confederate statue, ensure peaceful protest

August 31, 2017 - 09:47

Photography by CHERYL CLANTON

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017- In front of the Hernando County Courthouse

On Friday August 18, 2017, the Hernando County Sheriff and Brooksville Police Department prepared for what would hopefully be a peaceful protest. The object of this protest was protection of the 100-year-old Confederate soldier statue at the southeast corner of the courthouse. The monument which has stood since 1916 was commissioned by the Brooksville Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Would the statue be standing after the protest? Would it be peaceful?


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