Alice Mary Herden

A natural transition

Former Explorer K-8 sports coach Robert Walden is beginning to settle in as Central’s new head football coach. The transition from coaching middle school sports to high school sports seems to be a natural one for Walden.

The Bears football program has struggled to surpass two wins over the last ten years but the hope is that Walden’s seven seasons of coaching a variety of middle school sports from football to tennis may generate a new path for the Bears.

Fall Sports Preview: Springstead Cheer Coach Shannon Herod

The high school sports fall season is fast approaching, and for the next couple of weeks, the Eagles’ cheer team is working hard to fine-tune their sideline performances.  With Shannon Herod on her fifth coaching season at Springstead, new and exciting crowd participation routines are in the works. The team picked up some new moves after a three-day cheer camp hosted by UCA (United Cheerleading Association) at the University of Florida in July.

“I always want to make sure we’re keeping up with the new transitions, new stunts and perfecting them,” Shannon said.

Hernando County student athletes compete for gold

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Four Hernando County student-athletes are set to compete in the 2019 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics Games in Greensboro, NC.

Brothers, Alex and Andrew Wilson with their sister Alysia Graham along with David Richards, qualified after placing in the AAU District Qualifier track meet held at Osceola High School back in June. 

Longleaf Pine Alliance hosts educational program for land managers, private landowners

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by ALICE MARY HERDEN

The Longleaf Alliance held their Longleaf Academy Program at the Withlacoochee Training Center in Brooksville for staff members from state and federal agencies, forest industries as well as conservation groups, researchers and private landowners.

Longleaf Alliance Technical Assistance & Training Specialist Karen Brown and Vice President of Operations Ad Platt were the instructors of the three-day training program.  

Weeki Wachee High football preview

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First year Weeki Wachee head coach Chris Cook realizes he has some work ahead, but the summer months have given him some time to make significant headway. 
“Coming up here, I knew it was going to be a little bit of a challenge,” Cook said. “I knew the numbers were low, and I knew there were some things the administration wanted to change as far as the culture of the team.”

Nature Coast Tech’s 13th Basketball Camp

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During the summer, many kids are on vacation or involved in summer camps, and Hernando County has many opportunities for kids to continue being active while school is out.

David Pisarcik, head varsity basketball coach for Nature Coast Technical High School, has been offering a co-ed basketball camp for over ten years. The camps are held twice a year in June and July, and close to three hundred kids participate in learning a variety of basketball skills.

Local Writer publishes first comic book: Catians | A Feline Fantasy Adventure

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Since the age of ten, Cortney Cameron was always interested in anime and animated cartoons. Her new comic book, Catians started as a game she invented and played with her sister and their cousin in the rural area of Hays, North Carolina.

"We took advantage of the natural terrain by developing this fantasy world where we could go out and run around and pretend that we were these superheroes, super-powered characters."

Heartwood Preserve: A final resting place in nature

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We all go through life facing the unknown.  Our emotions remind us that we are human, that we live and we die.

Cemeteries, mausoleums, urns or the scattering of ashes are traditional choices for a final resting place. However, there is another option, a natural alternative to the traditional burial. For many, this option has helped them gain a new perspective about death as well as a peaceful way towards closure.