Alice Mary Herden

Ms. Herden is a talented sports photographer and owner of greenfly media. She also runs the popular community events website hernandocountyliving.com. Ms. Herden is the founder of the Hernando County Photographers group. Check out her upbeat community event coverage and beautiful photography on hernandosun.com.

Lions claim victory over Faith Christian in their first game of the season

Hernando Christian Academy marked their first win as a 6-man football team on their turf against Faith Christian on Sept. 14, 2018.  

“We are doing better than I expected,” Coach Raley remarked.

The game had a mixture of interceptions, strong tackles, perfect blocks and showcased some great coordinated game plays from the Lions’ offense and defense.

“It felt good,” said Evan Klukowski, quarterback for the Lions. “We did way better than I expected.”

Girls Golf: Springstead 269, Hernando 258

Springstead and Hernando went up against Citrus, Thursday Sept. 6, 2018 at Brooksville Country Club.

Leopards’ Ali Shenefield, Eagles’ Kayleigh Marquart with Hurricanes’ Cameron Dempsey were at position one.

“I started out pretty rough, did okay, went back to pretty rough, but I finished well,” Leopards Ali Shenefield said. “I got 2 par 3’s, I was pretty happy about that.”

Hernando dominated the course, having seven golfers on the green. Shenefield took the match over her competitors with a score of 58. 

Bobcat Invitational Tourney

PHSC Women’s Volleyball participates in three tournaments during the 2018 season. Their first invitational tournament was in August resulting in 3 wins and 1 loss at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. 

“It was a tough tournament at Hillsborough. We were the only Division 2 school that played there, we were the underdogs coming in,” Newton said. “It was great to come out strong, play hard and to play schools we don’t usually play.”

Weather cuts Springstead-Central golf match short

The golf season officially started for Springstead on August 28, 2018 and getting back into the swing of things after summer break can be hard work and the weather didn’t help.

“They had the summer off, now it’s time to get back to work,” Coach Maharaj said. “We did a lot of work in the past two weeks to get back into playing shape.”

During the Springstead - Central - Lecanto Boys Matchup, all eyes were on Central Junior, Shane Smith and Springstead Senior, Ryan Maharaj.

Weeki Wachee River Rangers: Good Stewards on the Water

The Weeki Wachee River is a well traveled and popular place for swimming, kayaking, boating and snorkeling, however over the years with the increase of traffic on the river, there has been a rise in the amount of litter left behind.

Paul Vermeulen, self-employed, created the Weeki Wachee River Rangers Facebook group on July 17, 2018 to coordinate clean-ups in order to help keep the scenic and pristine water of Weeki Wachee River beautiful.

State of Florida seeks private partnerships for Gopher Tortoise conservation

According to the U.S. census in 2010, the population in Hernando County was estimated at 172,000 and seven years later that number rose to 186,000.

The rise of the population means more land development which in turn means more wildlife habitat lost especially for one particular species that holds an extremely valuable place in our ecosystem: The Florida Gopher Tortoise.

See the Real Florida

An early morning surrounded by nature can truly be theraphic for those that love being outdoors and especially kayaking along the Chassahowitzka River.

Sabal palms, Cedar and Oaks trees line the banks of this 5 mile spring-fed river and kayaking is one sure way to not miss any sightings of wildlife that thrives in this amazing Florida habitat.

Words cannot express how beautiful this area is and even though the personal inspiration may be different from one to another, this is the Real Florida.

On Bayou Drive

Hernando County is a great place to fish, with a mixture of fresh brackish water to the wide-open Gulf. Anglers can enjoy casting off at Jenkins Fishing Pier, Linda Pedersen Park and Bayport Park. These areas are also fantastic spots for nature photographers to capture those scenic sunsets and Great Egrets flying over the marshland. 

There is a favorite spot that I like to go to photograph. It’s a quiet little place with a variety of wading birds and pleasant early morning walkers and bicyclists. This place is on Bayou Drive in Weeki Wachee, FL.

A scent to save a life

Linda Boyles, President of Find-M’ Friends and the Vice President Bridget Didsbury traveled from Crystal River to participate in the Hurricane Preparedness Expo at the Lowe’s Spring Hill store in June of 2018. This gave them the opportunity to introduce themselves to staff from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office who was stationed adjacent to their booth.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office publishes Sheriff’s Briefing Notes on their public Facebook page and you may have seen alerts of  *Missing Endangered