Solving the school supplies cost issue

September 08, 2017 - 10:48

Previously, we brought you a story about the rising cost of school supplies. In Hernando County, the school year commenced on August 14, 2017, so all month, social media has been exploding with adorable pictures as well as parents complaining about all the money they had to spend. On top of new clothes or uniforms, parents have to purchase school supplies for their children. Because of major budget cuts in the school system through the years, parents are being required to pay for so much that the schools used to provide.

Urban Gentlemen’s Club members attend elegant dinner

September 08, 2017 - 10:23
Young gentlemen helping their friend with his tie

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017 members of the Urban Gentlemen’s Clubs of Pine Grove Elementary and Eastside Elementary met at Papa Joe’s for an elegant dinner. Parents dropped their children off to have dinner with the other members of the club.

The dinners were paid for by private donations. Both clubs receive contributions from the Kiwanis, an anonymous donor and many others.

Patriot Guard Riders: “Standing for those who stood for US”

September 08, 2017 - 10:15


Jack Fair, Ride Capt.  Photo by Bonnie Rodriguez

The Patriot Guard Riders is a non-profit group of volunteers who provide a motorcycle honor guard escort to America’s Fallen Hero’s (any branch of the military, police, firefighters, EMS, Search and Rescue, Coast Guard, and first responders). They are located all over the United States with approximately 300,000 members. You don’t have to be a veteran or own a motorcycle to be a member.

Deputies and their K-9 partners take to the springs

September 05, 2017 - 10:21

Photography by CHERYL CLANTON

The Annual Law Enforcement K-9 Water Training event took place at Weeki Wachee Springs, Buccaneer Bay on Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017.

After the park closes, here they come. Sheriff’s Deputies with their K-9 partners arrive at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park/ Buccaneer Bay to have some fun and gain critical skills on Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. Law enforcement teams from Hernando as well as surrounding counties participate each year. On Tuesday, 20 to 25 handlers and their K-9 partners participated in the training exercises.

Local groups partner to address opioid problem

September 05, 2017 - 10:07
From Left to Right: Steve Snider, Barbara Sweinberg, Tresa Watson, Dr. Linda  Lepik, Adam Shehub, Danish Hasan; Photo provided

There has been a lot of focus recently on the growing “opioid epidemic” in the United States – from politicians talking about how best to solve this serious problem to television networks featuring programs about this important health and social issue.

As the name implies, opioids are drugs derived from opium. They act on the nervous system to relieve pain, but continued use and abuse can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Most such as OxyContin, Oxycodone, Percodan and Tylenol with Codeine are legal, with a prescription. Some, like heroin are illegal.

Local gym offers free membership to Special Olympics athletes

September 03, 2017 - 09:36
In front: Nick Famiano; Standing from left to right:  Mike Oliva, Jeffery Carver, Nick Young, Mark Fleming (behind), Wayne Reinhardt, John Salomez, Joey D’Antonio (behind) and Jim Coleman

Tired of hearing all the negativity in the news? Here’s a really uplifting story! Lift More Fitness, a gym devoted to power-lifting and bodybuilding, off of SR 50 in Brooksville, is helping some local residents lift their spirits. Owner, Mike Oliva, wanted to do something positive for Hernando county and make a difference, so his gym is currently offering free membership to Special Olympics athletes. They can work out for free any day, any time, but Mondays and Wednesdays are specifically dedicated to them. Most usually show up around 5 pm.

Planting Fall colors in Florida

August 29, 2017 - 10:28


Firebush Hamelia patens via Flickr

School is in session and Labor Day is fast approaching. What do these two events bring to mind? Changing temperatures and Ah, the glorious colors of Fall! Oh wait, this is Florida. No changing leaves of orange, red and yellow. No brisk evenings requiring fuzzy sweaters and warm cider. Nope. None of that here in Florida. What we do have is sunshine, sandy beaches, sweet iced tea and lots of tropical flora that is as resplendent in its variety as any of the Fall foliage seen in northern climes.

The assassination of Judge William Center: one of many murders after reconstruction

August 29, 2017 - 10:07
Oldest portion of the current county courthouse, built in 1913 by J.F. Jenkins and Company

County Judge William Center was assassinated outside his home in Brooksville on June 4, 1879 in the early morning. According to his family and newspaper accounts at the time, Judge William Center was about to reveal who had set fire to the Hernando County Courthouse in 1877 when he was assassinated.

Readying reef balls for the water

August 27, 2017 - 10:31
Finished reef balls of differing sizes to accommodate a range of marine life

On August 4th, The Hernando Sun published an article featuring 19 year old Cole Kolasa and his family. Cole kayaked 788 miles from Pensacola to the Everglades to raise awareness for artificial reefs, and raise money to purchase reef ball molds to create new artificial reefs off the coast of Hernando County. According to the Reef Ball Foundation, “Reef Balls are made of a special, marine friendly, concrete and are designed to mimic natural reef systems. They are used around the world to create habitats for fish and other marine and freshwater species.”


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