Alice Mary Herden

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

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

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

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

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.

Hoping for a home

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Four counties joined together and organized a "waived adoption fee" event to give over 300 dogs and cats a new environment surrounded by love and companionship. 

The event began on Friday, May 17 and by Sunday, the last day of the event, only a hand full of dogs and five cats were left without a new home.

PHSC baseball heads to Division II World Series

Article and Photography 
by ALICE MARY HERDEN

On May 23 at 6 am the Pasco Hernando State College baseball team will board a plane and travel 1,322 miles to Enid, Oklahoma to play at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in competition for the 2019 NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series Championship Title, but first let us tell you how they got there.

NJCAA DII Southeast District Championship

For four days the Bobcats owned the NJCAA DII Southeast District Championship in Greenville North Carolina, after their loss to Pitt Community College.

Meeting the People that Manage the Withlacoochee State Forest, Part III | Timber

Just a little over 10 miles from Hernando/Citrus County line, the Citrus tract consists of over 50,000 acres with three main trailheads: Holder Mine, Tillis Hill, and Mutual Mine.  At Mutual Mine, State Land Forester Daniel Taylor showed me what his job entails with the Florida Forest Service.

His job is to manage timber. He has to know about all the timber within the Withlacoochee State Forest. He has to be knowledgeable in every variety of pine and hardwood as well as how to keep the forest healthy.

A Paved Pathway opens gardens for new visitors

A two-year, six-month mission to raise $30,000 was reached in March of 2019. The primary goal was to raise enough funds to construct a paved pathway through the entire garden.

“People who were mobility challenged could not go through the entire garden and enjoy it,” said Mary Wuest, Garden Manager. “We made a decision to put pavers in, and it’s been a two-year process.”

Wildfire Awareness Week

In 1998, Florida suffered one of the most devastating wildfires documented, with over 500,000 acres of forest and private lands devastated in Brevard County.

Within the last ten years, Hernando County has had over 270 fires, with 7,143 acres burning due to wildfires. Lightning is a significant factor in causing wildfires.

In 2017, Hernando County and much of the state was in a drought. A front went through Hernando Beach and lightning struck in Weekiwachee Preserve causing a wildfire.