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HomeAt Home & BeyondBEST OF 2022 COLLECTION ISSUE Part A


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As 2022 is coming to a close, we wanted to reflect on a collection of some of our favorite articles that were written during this past year. We have some amazing writers who contribute to the Hernando Sun, those who are constantly out there in the community gathering breaking news, bringing awareness to exciting events and shedding light on touching stories to then share with you all!
Below are just a few of those incredible articles from Part A of this week’s issue.

“Hernando County residents from Ukraine react to Russia’s war on their home country” By SARAH NACHIN
Originally Published March 18, 2022

Hernando County residents from Ukraine react to Russia’s war on their home country

For many of us, we are merely spectators to the war that has been going on in the Ukraine−watching the nightly news and seeing the images of bombed out buildings, tanks rolling through towns, women and children fleeing to safe havens or hiding in subways. However, for a small group of Hernando County residents the war has continued to affect them personally. Many members of St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Brooksville have friends and family who currently reside in Ukraine and are living in war-stricken conditions. They are doing everything they can to help them and support their cause.
“We [the United States] have beautiful people. They take on the problems of other people. The United States is bringing the peace and power of democracy to other countries. But I wish our government had reacted faster. They waited to make sanctions. I want Europe to help secure the Ukraine.” – Father Mikhail “Mike” Kouts, pastor of St. Andrew’s. To hear these people’s stories, follow the link above.

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“State unemployment rate lowest since 2006” By PAT RAIA
Originally Published Oct. 28, 2022

State unemployment rate lowest since 2006

According to Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida’s unemployment dropped to 2.5 percent in September of this year, the lowest in the state since 2006. He stated, “Florida’s economy continues to outpace the national average. Floridians are finding jobs, and our state’s businesses are thriving – a resilient economy is paramount.” Visit the link above to view the full article.

“Hernando Sun cited in White House press release “ By ROCCO MAGLIO
Originally Published on Nov. 4, 2022.

Hernando Sun cited in White House press release

The White House Press team was looking for a high quality source with reporting on the local and state unemployment numbers and chose the Hernando Sun to cite in their official release entitled “What They Are Reading in the States: President Biden’s Economic Agenda Ushers in Record Low State Unemployment Rates.” The release cites two articles on unemployment in Florida, one on WCJB TV and the other in the Hernando Sun Newspaper. Visit the link above to view the full article.

“Gunnery backstop to be transformed into WWII memorial” By LISA MACNEIL
Originally Published April 15, 2022.

Gunnery backstop to be transformed into WWII memorial

Just in time for its 80th birthday in November, the Board of County Commissioners approved a plan to give what many call the “bunker” at the Brooksville – Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV) an extensive facelift to commemorate the Veterans of World War II (WWII). The site will include a historic marker, and features detailing its significance to WWII and how it changed Brooksville and Hernando County. Visit the link above to view the full article.

“Florida History preserved through Cracker Horse, Cattle breeding program” By ROCCO & JULIE B. MAGLIO
Originally published June 10, 2022

Florida History preserved through Cracker Horse, Cattle breeding program

The small cracker cattle and horses described in the book A Land Remembered are real. Some live on the PK Ranch in the Withlacoochee State Forest. The ranch is run by the Florida Forest Service and is one of few herds of these cattle. This livestock has been in Florida for hundreds of years, since they were brought over by the Spanish beginning in the early 1500s. Read the full article to learn more about the rich Florida history behind the cracker cattle.

“Honoring a global hero with Brooksville roots” By SARAH NACHIN
Originally Published Sept. 23, 2022

Honoring a global hero with Brooksville roots

Hernando High honors Alum Dr. Paul Farmer by naming the Hernando High School Science Building after him. There was an abundance of school spirit and community spirit on this day in celebration of the amazing qualities he possessed. Dr. Paul Edward Farmer, was a 1978 graduate of HHS and unfortunately passed away on February 22nd of this year. He was a world-renowned medical activist, philanthropist, professor and humanitarian… and that’s just a small portion of his qualities. To read more about Dr. Paul Farmer’s legacy, follow the link to read the full article.

“Preserving Fort Cross and the History of Brooksville” By AUSTYN SZEMPRUCH
Originally Published July 22, 2022

Preserving Fort Cross and the History of Brooksville

Established on December 2, 1838, Fort Cross operated until the end of the Second Seminole War in 1842. Local historians say the site is located on a plot of land owned by the Graddy family on Wiscon Road near Bravera Health Brooksville. With permission from the property owner, Alma Graddy, these excavators pulled thousands of artifacts from the ground. Beyond hidden treasures of times-past, Fort Cross plays a crucial role in the history of Brooksville, FL. To learn more about this historic site visit the link above.

“Drop-off point recycling vs. curbside pickup” By AXL DAVID
Originally Published Aug. 12, 2022

Drop-off point recycling vs. curbside pickup

In budget-conscious Hernando County, Carmen Bruno, Hernando County’s Recycling Coordinator, focuses on the practical benefits of recycling – once thought of to be an activity limited to urban-dwelling environmentalists, or those looking to make pocket change from old beer cans. Learn about drop-off point recycling vs. curbside pickup by following the link above.

“Those Who Know” By Steve Goodwin
Originally Published Dec. 31, 2021 – Opinion

Those Who Know

Excerpt: “I will start by saying that those people who enjoy writing know when to seize the moment and record their thoughts, and when to let them drift off into the back spaces of the mind. I was watching a Youtube video titled, “Pronounced Dead For 20 Minutes- What He Saw and How it Changed His Life Forever” (done by a person whose channel is called, Prioritize Your Life).” To read the full piece visit the link above.

“Bobs to Thangs” by Vincent Cardegin
Originally Published Jan. 28, 2022 – Opinion

The Papa Files: Bobs to Thangs

Excerpt: “When you know what something is but can’t remember its name, it becomes a Thing-A-Ma-Bob. That can be used for almost every item, from phone chargers to kitchen wares.
“Hey, Smeechums,” I yelled to my wife one day, “do you know where my, um, my…thing-a-ma-bob is?” To read the full piece visit the link above.

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