And They’re Off! 2018 Coyote Hare Scrambles

January 15, 2018 - 23:09

Photography by CHERYL CLANTON

Weekend fun for the whole family. Off-road motorcycles and ATV quads took to the tracks off Mondon Hill in Brooksville on Jan. 6, 2018.

“The Coyote Hare Scrambles have been going on for years at this location; it's one of the best tracks,” said Rob Swann with the Nature Coast Trail Blazers. “It challenges the riders with hills, turns, just about everything a rider will encounter is on this track.”

Often overlooked talks by Martin Luther King

January 15, 2018 - 14:45

Adon Taft

Two things you can count on for the national holiday Monday (Jan. 15th) celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.:

First: In addition to parades and rallies with all the political trimmings, much will be said about the famous civil rights leader and his mesmerizing and memorable oratory calling for racial justice.

Second: While his calming demeanor and non-violent advocacy probably will be mentioned, little if anything will be said of his calling to be a minister of the gospel and his stirring, Bible-based sermons.

Chinsegut Hill Cottages

January 12, 2018 - 00:40

By Hanna Fox

Are you planning a family get together or looking for a unique place for people to stay during a wedding? Chinsegut Hill has seven nice cottages for your next family get together.

They are located adjacent to the Chinsegut Hill Manor House, sitting at the highest elevation on the Nature Coast. All the cabins combined can accommodate up to 56 guests. You can rent the entire cottage or just a portion of it. Each bedroom has a private bathroom/shower and two twin beds.

Checking in with JT

January 10, 2018 - 10:34
Following a devastating car wreck one year ago, leaving him paralyzed, Joseph Trafford, JT, is  hoping to walk again soon.  Photo by Cheryl Clanton

On Dec. 29, 2016 at 8:37 am, JT (Joseph Trafford) was involved in a single vehicle rollover accident on Mondon Hill Road and Atlantis Lane in Brooksville. No other vehicles or persons were involved. JT had veered off the road into wet grass and lost control of his F150 truck.

He tried to correct his truck but was unable to. He hit a couple of mailboxes and then hit the concrete culvert and that is what sent his truck into a rolling motion. JT was ejected from his truck right into the path of his rolling vehicle.

Boating in Florida organizes Weeki Wachee River cleanup

January 06, 2018 - 10:23
Trash was collected from the river or river banks and then transported using hampers and mesh bags on the kayaks

Boating In Florida held its monthly Weeki Wachee Cleanup last Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. A chilly start to the day warmed up quickly, and the team of four volunteers led by Chris Cross and Darius Jones began at the headspring and paddled 5.5 miles to Roger’s Park, collecting trash in and along the banks of the Weeki Wachee river. Corporal Stephen Kelly of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office checked in with the team during his routine patrol.

2017 Audubon Christmas Bird Count

January 05, 2018 - 09:46
Eastern Phoebe perches at Lakewood Retreat during the yearly Christmas bird count.

On Dec. 14, 2017 the 118th annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count took place in Hernando County. Birders of all ages participated in the dawn to dusk count. Nationwide counts take place between Thursday Dec. 14, 2017 and Friday Jan. 5, 2018. The Christmas Bird Count was started by Dr. Frank Chapman, founder of the predecessor to Audubon Magazine as a way to promote conservation during Christmastime. Instead of hunting birds, he urged people to count them.

Boy, 13, makes wish to be President for one day

December 22, 2017 - 08:59
Preston Hennessey

Not many people would want to be President of the United States. For 13-year-old Preston Hennessey, diagnosed with Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Marfan Syndrome just this past July, spending a week in the Oval Office is his fondest wish.

His mother, Helise Flickstein, has appealed to the Make a Wish Foundation. So far the organization has approved a “Meet and Greet” with President Trump, but Preston would still like to try his hand at governing the United States for a short time. His dream is one day to be President for real.


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