Orlando will likely not forget the early morning hours of June 12th. The shooting death of "The Voice" star Christina Grimmie at The Plaza Live theater in Orlando was still reverberating around the nation. Just 3.5 miles away from the theater where Grimmie was shot the night before, Omar Mateen, a terrorist who pledged allegiance to ISIS took forty-nine lives at the Pulse nightclub, known as "Orlando's hottest gay bar" and wounded 53 more.

Hernando County Native Supports the Future of Naval Aviation

by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class ELECTA BERASSA, Navy Office of Community Outreach

(PATUXENT RIVER, Md.) – A 2007 Central High School graduate and Brooksville, Florida native is serving “Where the future of naval aviation begins” at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, located in Patuxent River, Maryland.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Donovin Christian is an air traffic controller at NAS Patuxent River, responsible for the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic and keeping planes from flying into each other.

Pine Island: Only Public Beach in Hernando County

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato & Kevin White

Beach Day at Pine Island by Elizabeth Dentato

There is only one public beach in Hernando County on the Gulf of Mexico. The beach is called Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Beach Park. The coast line of Hernando County is naturally saltwater marshes, so to get to the barrier islands requires crossing these salt marshes. There is a two and a half mile causeway that is dredged through the salt marshes that leads to the barrier island on which the beach is located.

Prohibition Era Murder at the the Tangerine Hotel

Photographs from the State Archives of Florida

The Tangerine Hotel was on Howell Avenue. It is now the Tangerine Cove assisted living facilities. The Tangerine Hotel was the site of a famous murder. The City Attorney in 1931 Herbert Smithson was meeting with Judge Bird and Prosecuting Attorney J. R. Kelly. Smithson is said to have been gunned down by three men in a small sedan as he left the hotel. It is rumored that Smithson was helping federal agents fight the illegal alcohol trade in Hernando.

Trees Come Down at Chinsegut, Despite Couple's Efforts to Save Them

Oak logs piled up in parking area of Chinsegut Wildlife and Conservation Area

The loud droning of trucks, heavy equipment, chainsaws, and wood chippers were heard yesterday morning, May 6th at the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area as dozens of healthy native laurel oak trees were logged from the property surrounding the conservation center. The cutting of the oaks surrounding the center began on Monday May 2, leaving many areas exposed to the impending summer heat including the historic Bishop home sight, conservation center building and parking area.

Local Tech Company Led to Creation of Marker 48

Marker 48

About six months ago a microbrewery opened in Hernando County called Marker 48 Brewing, since that time they have held a wide variety of events. They range from a local homebrewing club, ballot petition signing parties, Hernando County Photographers Club meetings, to Theology on Tap. Theology on Tap is where a group from St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church gets together to discuss religion and drink beer. It has become a popular place for people to gather. Along with a number of craft beers they also have a variety of food trucks on site.

Four Star Admiral from Brooksville to Rest at Arlington National Cemetery


Admiral George Kinnear

Admiral George E.R. “Gus” Kinnear, II will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, May 6, 2016. The distinguished naval aviator passed away peacefully at the age of 87 August 9, 2015 at his home in York Harbor, Maine surrounded by his loving family.

The "Crown" of Hernando County


BROOKSVILLE- The Hernando county courthouse has quite a history. Jimmy Carter spoke from the steps of the courthouse while campaigning in 1975. William Jennings Bryan a former presidential candidate and cousin of William Sherman Jennings, the Florida Governor from Brooksville, also spoke from the steps while campaigning in the 1900s.


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