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Dr. Paul Farmer, world renowned humanitarian from Hernando County

October 24, 2017 - 01:31
Dr. Paul Farmer in Bayalpata Hospital, Nepal- by Nyaya Health via Flickr

Dr. Paul Farmer is a world famous physician and humanitarian, who was raised in Hernando County. He graduated from Hernando High in 1978, where he served as class president. By 1983, prior to entering medical school, he was in Haiti laying the groundwork for what would become a revolutionary way to bring healthcare to impoverished communities. He graduated from Harvard with an MD and a PhD.

Volunteers do battle against rabies

October 20, 2017 - 03:10

Hernando Sun staff

Team of 12 volunteers selected to participate in the 2017 Mission Rabies drive to vaccinate 70 percent of dogs in Blantyre, Malawi. Mission Rabies, a charity based in the UK, in partnership with Brief Media and the Clinicians' Brief, launched the program in 2015 and send out a team of volunteers each year. Hernando County resident, Linda Christian is pictured fourth from the left. Photos courtesy of Mission Rabies.

Every year, mostly in Africa and Asia, thousands of people die from rabies — the majority of the infections originating from dog bites. It’s not a pretty disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, seizures, delirium, hallucinations and aggressiveness.

The key to eliminating this deadly disease is vaccinating enough dogs to rein in the spread of the virus.

Art Club students to create mural depicting women's club history

October 16, 2017 - 23:40

Every week approximately 15 students make the trek uphill from Hernando High School through downtown Brooksville to the historic wood framed building which is home to the Historic Brooksville Women’s Club of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).

They file in quietly, but with much anticipation for the work to come. Laying down their backpacks, they partake of home baked cookies, made by club member Tina Dolan along with lemonade.

Returning Airman surprises his son

October 16, 2017 - 10:48
Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan Anger made a surprise visit to greet his five year-old son, Daniel at J.D. Floyd K-8

It was an exciting day for a classroom of kindergartners at J.D. Floyd Elementary School when Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan Anger made a surprise visit to greet his five year-old son, Daniel. Anger had just returned from a four month deployment to Qatar and Afghanistan.

Accompanying Sergeant Anger were his other sons - sixteen year-old Vincent, four year-old Odin and the boys' mother, Tamara.

Anger is in his seventh year as a career Air Force enlisted man. He is an avionics specialist stationed out of Macdill Air Force Base in Tampa.

Oyster reef project grant agreement approved by commission

October 10, 2017 - 04:22
Brittany Hall Scharf, Sea Grant Agent for Hernando County holds a tile full of juvenile oysters, part of the pilot oyster restoration project.  Photo by Hernando Co. Gov.

On Sept. 26, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners approved a grant agreement with FDEP’s Florida Coastal Management Program for an oyster and marsh grass habitat restoration project. The project location is just north of Hernando Beach, in Centipede Bay.

Aquatic Services Director Keith Kolasa stated, “The reason why we picked this area is because there’s not a lot of fish habitat in Centipede Bay… There’s a lot of sand there, scattered seagrass… That’s why we’re focusing on this area, to allow fishing and wildlife enhancement near Hernando Beach.”

Stranded manatee rescued near Pine Island

September 26, 2017 - 10:27
Shamrock the manatee rescued near Pine Island photo by Deb Brown

Four days after Hurricane Irma caused floods and power outages, The Hernando Sun spoke to Andy Garrett, Manatee Rescue Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

On St. Patrick’s Day, last year, a female manatee with a watercraft injury and her two-year old calf were rescued in Tarpon Springs. Both were taken to Lowry Park Zoo, so the injured mom could be treated for her injuries. After her recovery, both were microchipped, then Shamrock and her calf, Emerald were released together into the open water.

Withlacoochee River flooding: a major mark left by Irma

September 22, 2017 - 12:16
A jeep partially submerged in the waters of the Withlacoochee River  photo by HCFR

Hurricane Irma passed over our area on Sept. 11, 2017, but its lingering effects are still being felt. There has been prolonged electricity outages, generator problems, large amounts of debris from the storm and mosquitos quickly multiplying, but perhaps one of the worst impacts is the flooding of the Withlacoochee River.

4x in 5 years: Monster Transmission makes Inc. 5000 list

September 17, 2017 - 10:44

Making Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list is quite an accomplishment, but doing it for 4 times within 5 years is an even bigger one.

Businesses apply to be listed, but only the fastest growing companies in America make the cut. This is determined by a number of factors including gross sales over a three year time period (which cannot be under $1 million) and employee count. The figures submitted are certified by a CPA.

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