P & Z recommends approval for Njoy Spirits special exception use permit change

February 19, 2018 - 02:21

By Leslie Stein

Njoy Spirits is a family operated Florida Whiskey distillery on 80 acres in the middle of the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. They purchased their property in 2002 and have had many obstacles in order to produce 3 different award-winning products, all Florida grown. The Wild Buck American Rye Whiskey uses 100% rye whiskey with no artificial flavorings or color. It is aged in custom made charred American oak barrels and allowed to develop in the Florida Climate.

Throwing our hat in the ring

February 19, 2018 - 02:13

The Hernando Sun competes in the Florida Press Weekly Newspaper Contest for the first time

This time of year, weekly newspapers around the state of Florida are preparing and finalizing their submissions for the Florida Press Association weekly newspaper contest. We have been printing for 3 years and a weekly newspaper for nearly 2 years and it is the first time we are submitting entries for the contest. The contest is for content published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017. While, it would be nice to be recognized by the FPA, it is really just a lot of fun to look back at some of our best work from 2017 and remember how the stories came to be.

Secretary Detzner Designates Brooksville Main Street as Florida Main Street Program of the Month

February 18, 2018 - 11:42

Secretary of State Ken Detzner today announced that Brooksville Main Street has been designated the Florida Main Street Community of the Month for February 2018. Communities are selected based on their developmental achievements and participation in the Florida Main Street Program.

Valentine Queen Crowned

February 18, 2018 - 11:37

Peggy Pope has been crowned the 2017-2018 Gamma Xi Master, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Valentine Queen during their Mardi Gras themed Valentine Ball at Southern Hills Plantation.

Peggy has been a resident of Brooksville for the past seven years. She moved from Texas in 2006 after being widowed in 2003. She is the proud mother of one daughter and grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren.

Since moving to Brooksville she has become involved in many different organizations including:

The Saw Palmetto

February 18, 2018 - 11:24


Jim Davis is the Multi-County Extension Director for UF/IFAS Sumter County and Hernando County Extension and a Florida Master Naturalist Instructor.

Two color forms of the native saw palmetto. The silver saw palmetto on the left and the more common green on the right.  Photo by Jim Davis

The Saw Palmetto or Serenoa repens is without a doubt one of the most underutilized of landscape palms. Many homeowners select statuesque palms such as washingtonia palms, Sylvester palms, mule palms and the not so recommended queen palm. Tall palm species such as these can certainly make a statement in the landscape. However, consider adding another layer of palm diversity. The saw palmetto can grow to an average height of about five to six feet. They can grow to ten feet, but it would take a very long time for that to happen.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for BEST Academy

February 17, 2018 - 14:03

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 the ribbon at BEST Academy in Brooksville was cut. The ceremony signified the charter school becoming part of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. BEST which stands for Brooksville Engineering, Science, and Technology, opened its door in 2013, to middle school aged children right here in Hernando County. Parents and staff have worked together since opening to expand and cement the school's position in the county.

Prestidigitation Performance Perplexes and Pleases

February 16, 2018 - 19:26
Elliott Smith shows off his “dancing” abilities

Comic magician Elliott Smith amazed and entertained an appreciative audience at the Aripeka Elks Lodge Saturday evening, Jan. 20. Approximately 100 people attended the one hour performance that was preceded by hors d’oeuvres, dessert and beverages.

Smith, who hails from Canada, has been performing his trademark brand of comic magic for over forty-three years.

Ladies of Liberty entertain to an enthusiastic audience

February 14, 2018 - 11:00
L-R: Deanna Hampton, Wanda Martin and Nancy Cheak. The Ladies for Liberty wear authentic 1940’s period dress when they sing. The trio sound just like the war-time Andrews Sisters.

On Saturday evening February 3, Temple Beth David in Spring Hill presented a show by Ladies for Liberty, a trio that performs tunes from the 1940’s, ‘50’s and ‘60’s along with contemporary patriotic music.

Ladies for Liberty, LLC is comprised of ten women making up three different groups that perform all over the United States and Canada. They have even appeared in Normandy, France for D-Day anniversary celebrations.


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