Hernando County teen critically injured in rollover accident

JT, Joseph Trafford, catches a pass for the Anclote Pirates during the pre-season game on Nov. 27, 2016 against the War Eagles. JT was going to start his season with Anclote Pirates in January 2017. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

On Dec. 29, 2016, JT (Joseph Trafford) was involved in a single vehicle rollover accident on Mondon Hill Road and Atlantis Lane in Brooksville, Fla. 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.

Building a Platform Fit for an Osprey

by Linda Vanderveen and Dennis Capaz
organized by Alice Mary Herden
Photography by Alice Mary Herden, Linda Vanderveen and Dennis Capaz

Osprey Photo by Alice Mary Herden

In March 2016 the Hernando Audubon Society with help from Withlacoochee Electric erected a 40 foot osprey perch at Linda Pederson Park.  The perch is intended for ospreys to use as a nesting site. Linda Vanderveen and Dennis Capaz from the Hernando Audubon were huge supporters of this project.  In this article they detail how the osprey perch came to be and some interesting facts about this graceful bird of prey.

Ospreys are found by water, including ponds, lakes, rivers, or coastal areas. They are impressive with their 5-6 foot wingspan.  

Planting trees in your landscape

by Dr. William Lester, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County and
Patricia Cooke, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County Master Gardener

New trees are a long-term investment. They form the framework for your landscape. Hernando County is in USDA’s hardiness zone 9. Choose varieties of Florida Friendly or native plants that are suited to grow in west central Florida. Ask questions and read plant labels. UF/IFAS has a central Florida tree list with links for details about a number of varieties and site selection criteria. Go to:



For months you have been reading articles I’ve written about different plays in the community, but what is it really like to be part of the cast? Well recently I was given the opportunity to audition for Fiddler on the Roof and even though I don’t have the best singing voice, I was awarded a part of the chorus. It’s been 16 years since I’ve been on stage and even though some things have changed, mainly technology, most has stayed the same. Being a part of community theatre is demanding, and you don’t get paid, but it is an amazing experience. It’s exhausting, nerve-wracking and fun.

2016: A Year in Review

Several interesting events unfolded here in Hernando County during the past year from harsh weather to inter-governmental squabbles. Many river and coastal residents were swamped by Hurricane Hermine. We lost a few prominent Hernando County residents. We chose some new faces to serve in local government. A variety of new businesses both large and small popped up around the county. Some of our local government bodies clashed over funding issues. When looking back on the tougher situations, we see a community that joined together to overcome.

The Unfortunate Crum Family

John W. Crum and Ann Pyles Hope, from the Frasier Mountain collection

The members of Richard R. Crum’s family were prominent early Hernando County residents. He settled near present day Brooksville on land provided under the Armed Occupation Act of 1842. His wife Charlotte Pyles Wynn Crum was killed by Seminole Indians in that same year. His son John Washington Crum was murdered returning home from a meeting. Two random murders hitting the same family is certainly unfortunate.

The largest Christmas present

I will always have, this one special Christmas throughout my childhood that I will never be able to forget. That year’s joyous holiday season started getting intense, a couple of weeks’ prior of the “BIG” day. My older brother (God rest his soul) brought in this present, (with my name on it mind you), that was so large, so gigantic, he had to bring it in through the double glass sliding doors.

Students paying it forward for The Arc Nature Coast

Hernando Sun Staff

Left: Mark Barry, the Executive Director of The Arc Nature Coast, as he accepts a check from Daniel Pecora who hosted a fishing tournament fundraiser for his favorite charity. He raised $378 in total.

Three seventh-grade students from Gulf Coast Academy chose The Arc Nature Coast as their charity of choice for their 'Pay it Forward' Project. The students were asked to choose a local charity and raise at least $100 for that charity. The students came up with some very creative ideas and more than surpassed their original goals. Daniel Pecora held a fishing tournament, raising $387; Noah Bedard held a bake sale and raised $157.25; and Cain McEnerney held a treasure hunt, raising a whopping $500. Thank you to all who worked so hard to raise funds to support The Arc Nature Coast.

Book It! Free pizza for reading

Hernando Sun Staff

In 1984, the son of Steven Reinemund (the president of Pizza Hut) was having trouble reading. Steve wanted to encourage his son to read, so he made a deal with his son. If his son read enough books, he would take him to Pizza Hut, just the two of them. Steve was a busy man, so this was a very strong incentive. This inspired his son to read and the father thought that this could help other students, so he set up the Book It! National Reading Incentive Program.


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