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Hernando County's contributions to World War II

A concrete bunker that was used in testing and alignment of aircraft machine guns during WWII at Brooksville - TB Regional Airport.

The genesis of the Brooksville Army field now known as the Brooksville–Tampa Bay Regional Airport came during World War II. A multi-county committee representing the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce met with US Senator Claude Pepper asking for his help in convincing the Army Air Force to create an army base on the lands controlled by the Withlacoochee Forest land use development program. The committee was comprised of John Wallace who served as Project Manager for the creation of the Withlacoochee Forest for the Resettlement Administration, Sheriff Neil F.

33rd Annual Art in the Park

33rd Annual Art in the Park

The 33rd Annual Art in the Park was a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to go to the event this past Sunday, and was amazed at just about every aspect of the art show. Held at Tom Varn Park, local artists, as well as those from around the state and across the country, lined the paved walkway that meandered through the beautiful location.

Jan Knowles is the Projects Coordinator with the Hernando County Arts Council (HCAC), and has worked with Art in the Park for about 15 years. When we spoke, she explained some of the history behind the event and how it came to be.

Noted author relates story of parents' survival during World War II

Roslyn Franken attributes her parents' survival to "bashert," the yiddish word meaning destiny. Franken says, "It was meant to be."

Members of Spring Hill Central Rotary with author Roslyn Franken.  From left to right: Mike Fitzgerald, Roslyn Franken, Sandra Fitzgerald, Doug Brainard, Stephanie Chambers.

Vicktor Frankl, in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, said “Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”

Roslyn Franken’s parents, John and Sonja, were stellar examples of this philosophy. Ms. Franken relates their amazing story of survival through the Nazi Holocaust and the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in her book Meant to Be: A True Story of Might , Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit.

A Family Affair

By Kym Voorhees Raque
Special to Hernando Sun

The Black Family at Texas Roadhouse in Brooksville

For the Black family, working at Texas Roadhouse in Brooksville, Florida is a family affair. Mom, Linda Black, joined the store when it first opened in January, 2009, while her son, Taylor came on board 3 weeks later, and daughter Lyndsey hired on in 2012.

“When Texas Roadhouse first came to Brooksville, we didn’t know what it was. We had never heard of it, but my son who was 16 at the time, wanted to apply for a job,” said Linda Black.

Opening a connection to our past

Donna Burkes and Kylee Hill ring up customers at the  Richloam General Store grand opening on Feb. 25th, 2017.

On the eastern outskirts of Hernando County, a few miles east of 75, about a half mile south of 50, down a limerock road stands a small general store and post office whose history is connected to several early industries of Florida: timber, turpentine, the railroad and agricultural development. Proprietors Eric and Donna Burkes, who also operate a sign production business, rebuilt the structure in 2016 as a way to attract customers. The Burkes began the sign business in their home next door three years ago, following Eric’s retirement from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Hernando Sun celebrates 2 years of printing

Hernando Sun Shine kids at the printing press. The Citrus Chronicle prints the newspaper each week.

The Hernando Sun's first printed newspaper was produced two years ago on March 1st. Our first issue was an eight page broadsheet. It came out once a month. At the time it was a challenge to finish that every month and send it out and deliver to stores. We spent a lot of time getting into stores and talking to managers to get into the stores. The first issue was free and every issue since then has cost 75 cents. On April 1st, last year we increased our printing frequency to weekly.

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