Spring Hill ex-parachuter receives honor award

Mel Greene with his Medal of Honor

A Spring Hill man was recently honored as the 2017 82nd Airborne-All American Medal of Honor Award Winner.

Mel Greene, a resident of Hernando County since 1992, was "shocked" when notified of the award at the 82nd Army Airborne Association Convention this past August in Orlando. Greene's honor included leading a parade of approximately 300 troops and Veterans through Disney World down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Later that night, Greene addressed the convention, attended by more than 700 people, where he received the special medallion and official honor award.

Prep your shoeboxes now for Operation Christmas Child collection week

“It’s a great honor to be part of this wonderful ministry,” says Barb Stanley of Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Barb and her husband Dave are local team leaders for the annual shoebox collections for Operation Christmas Child.

Chances are, you are familiar with the shoebox project, but for those who are not, each year churches, schools, families and individuals all over the world donate shoeboxes containing gift items to be delivered to children living in dire poverty worldwide.

Brianna Goble continues her recovery

Brianna Goble, will need to wear a neck brace for at least 8 weeks. Photo via Facebook

18-year-old Brianna Goble was shot on October 5th at the Spring Haven Apartments. The bullet struck her in the face, and exited from the back of her neck. Being called a miracle, she was released from the hospital on October 19th, and continues to recover at home with her mother, Karen Dove. Karen posted the following on Facebook on October 25th.

Get to know us: Julie B. Maglio

Julie and her son Max on a hike

Julie B. Maglio is not just the editor of the Hernando Sun. She also owns and publishes the paper. She has learned the newspaper business on the job and is becoming very knowledgeable on full truck ads, above the fold, and all things related to the business.

Julie is from a family of artists and is pretty accomplished as a large oils and mixed media painter. Her artistic talents were displayed in some of the earlier papers in the form of cartoons, but currently are only displayed in portions of the layout and some of the ads.

Winners of Swamp Fest T-Shirt Logo Contest Announced

PHOTOS by Sue Quigley

Swmp Fest committee members during the judging of entries for the 2018 T-Shirt logo design.

Members of the Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest T-Shirt Contest Committee gathered at the Weeki Wachee Area Club on Shoal Line Boulevard Oct. 12 to select the winners and runners-up of the annual contest.

For the 2018 Swamp Fest logo, entries were required to be in black and white, 8.5 x 11 inches in size and featuring a mermaid in a swamp scene with at least two swamp creatures. A total of 99 entries were submitted.

Dr. Paul Farmer, world renowned humanitarian from Hernando County

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

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.


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