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Two murders, many links

Tammy Jo Alexander, school photo

A couple of years ago, Laurel Nowell a high school friend of Tammy Jo Alexander decided to look her up and see how she was doing. She could not find information on her friend and finally called the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office to report her as missing on August 14th, 2014. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Nowell said Alexander, who attended Hernando High School, went missing sometime between 1977 and 1979.

From carrier to supervisor: recalling the glory days of The Tampa Tribune

by Judy Warnock, Special to The Hernando Sun

This photo is mid-1990’s.  The Tampa Tribune sponsored a car show at USF in Tampa.  You would see their balloon at many events in the 1990’s.

Since the Tampa Tribune ceased publication last May, I am reminded of many memories of my newspaper years. I worked for the Tampa Tribune for 39 years from 1975 to 2013. I started as a newspaper carrier, then became a district supervisor, and finally an advertising consultant. I retired in 2013. Here are my memories:

Building a Platform Fit for an Osprey

by Linda Vanderveen and Dennis Capaz
organized by Alice Mary Herden
Photography by Alice Mary Herden, Linda Vanderveen and Dennis Capaz

Osprey Photo by Alice Mary Herden

In March 2016 the Hernando Audubon Society with help from Withlacoochee Electric erected a 40 foot osprey perch at Linda Pederson Park.  The perch is intended for ospreys to use as a nesting site. Linda Vanderveen and Dennis Capaz from the Hernando Audubon were huge supporters of this project.  In this article they detail how the osprey perch came to be and some interesting facts about this graceful bird of prey.

OSPREY FACTS
Ospreys are found by water, including ponds, lakes, rivers, or coastal areas. They are impressive with their 5-6 foot wingspan.  

2016: A Year in Review

Several interesting events unfolded here in Hernando County during the past year from harsh weather to inter-governmental squabbles. Many river and coastal residents were swamped by Hurricane Hermine. We lost a few prominent Hernando County residents. We chose some new faces to serve in local government. A variety of new businesses both large and small popped up around the county. Some of our local government bodies clashed over funding issues. When looking back on the tougher situations, we see a community that joined together to overcome.

The Unfortunate Crum Family

John W. Crum and Ann Pyles Hope, from the Frasier Mountain collection

The members of Richard R. Crum’s family were prominent early Hernando County residents. He settled near present day Brooksville on land provided under the Armed Occupation Act of 1842. His wife Charlotte Pyles Wynn Crum was killed by Seminole Indians in that same year. His son John Washington Crum was murdered returning home from a meeting. Two random murders hitting the same family is certainly unfortunate.

Dollars for dogs: love is the answer

photography by Elizabeth Dentato

Ten year old Harrison is the founder of Dollars for Dogs.

One of the most powerful commercials I recall seeing was of children following adults and imitating their actions. It ended with the tagline: Make your influence positive.

It’s a simple concept, but it requires adults to be conscious of their acts and consistent in providing good examples. That is what Mandy Celt has done. Mandy runs ASAP Rescue, which quite literally takes small animals from the euthanasia lists at animal shelters – abandoned pets, the injured or old, the throwaways.

Little girl, BIG dreams

photography by Sarha Rush, Ric Tauceda and Andrea Harrison

Photographer Madison Harrison, by Ric Tauceda

“Who says you have to be an adult to start your own business?” says Madison Harrison, owner and founder of Photos With Madison. This amazing entrepreneur is only 10 years old and started the business when she was 7. Can you believe that? Madison started taking pictures when she was only 3 years old because she wanted to capture memories herself. She says, “I wanted to take my own pictures.”

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