December 2015

Frank Roderus, of Spring Hill, was one of America’s most prolific Western novel writers

Jess Moore

Editor’s note: The author of this obituary was a close friend of Frank Roderus for nearly 50 years. Because Mr. Roderus shunned the camera, the only photographs we have of him are of poor quality.

Frank Roderus, of Spring Hill, one of America’s most prolific Western novel writers, passed away December 17 after a short illness.

Mike Bray, a writer in Las Vegas, NV wrote online last week, “I lost a friend yesterday and the world lost one of the greatest western writers of our time.”

A good Friday for Nature Coast

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

 Nature Coast (21) Jordan Baxter and (4) Anthony Valante team up against Weeki Wachee (33) Joe Johnson in a rebound

Friday started with a major award ceremony on the Nature Coast Technical campus and ended with a pair of victories over county rivals. Senior running back DeShawn Smith, having led the nation with 3,715 rushing yards and a state-record 66 touchdowns, was named Florida’s Mr. Florida earlier in the week, and presented with a trophy commemorating the honor by the Florida Dairy Farmers on Friday morning.

Obituaries December 13th through December 16th 2015

Antoinette Reagan, 91, of Spring Hill, Florida passed away Friday, December 11, 2015. She was born in Washington, DC to Filloppo and Grace Capone. Antoinette was of the Christian faith and will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends. She is survived by her sons Timothy Reagan and wife Pamela; Michael Reagan and wife Lisa; sister Mary Wagner and four grandchildren Brittany Reagan, Brandon Reagan, Christina Reagan and Michael Reagan, Jr. Src: Turner

Student Rep Clay Everett Gives Monthly Update to School Board; 12/8/15

Hernando Sun Staff

Clay Everett is Hernando High School Senior and Student Representative

The student body had a quarterly delegate meeting on December 8th, where delegates from each school come together and discuss issues at the schools. Ms. Drenth, Director of Food Services spoke to them on the topic of school lunches. "We the delegates informed Ms. Drenth on some of the complaints students have with the lunches," stated Mr. Everett. She assured the students that she would "help fix all the fixable issues." Ms. Drenth educated the students on the federal mandates she must follow with the lunches.

Springstead High School Web Design Academy builds site for a local business

Hernando County is not known to be a technological hot bed, but if you look carefully you will find that there is a lot going on locally. There are many local Information Technology companies who assist local businesses with their technology needs. There is a Computer Club in Spring Hill http://www.hernandocomputerclub.org/. The local libraries put on many interesting technology events including Makerspaces.

Wawa Convenience Store Coming to Cortez Commons

A Wawa convenience store is opening here in Hernando County on December 17th. The upscale convenience store is located on the corner of 50 and Mariner in Cortez Commons (12984 Cortez Blvd). The opening of a new Wawa generates a lot of excitement. The initial store opening in Orlando in 2012 had many dignitaries in attendance including the Governor Rick Scott.

Progress on 360 Evaluation for Superintendent?

Hernando Sun Staff

The school board is still in negotiations on the Superintendent's contract. They have also been working since June on developing a survey in order to evaluate the superintendent. It was decided by the board not to tie the survey to the Superintendent's contract.

The previous survey was flawed according to school board members, as well as Dr. Romano. Additionally, all agree that the survey referred to as a "360" evaluation could be a powerful and helpful tool.

A Corporal and his K-9 at the Right Place, at the Right Time

Hernando Sun Staff

A few minutes after midnight on December 12th, Joseph Hildreth, withdrew cash from the ATM at the Suncoast Credit Union located at 4176 Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill. After withdrawing his cash, Hildreth headed back to his vehicle.

Then three individuals approached him from behind a neighboring business and placed handkerchiefs over their faces. Before he was able to reach his vehicle safely, one of the individuals approached him and demanded his money, stating, "Give me your money and you won't get hurt."

Sports Notebook: Nature Coast Stays on Top in Boys Hoops

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

NCT's Gio Celazilas

High School Basketball

Though the Nature Coast boys basketball team suffered its first loss of the season this past week, falling at Ridgewood on Wednesday, 44-40, it stayed unbeaten where it truly counts. Friday night, the Sharks staved off Class 5A, District 7 rival Hernando, 50-47, to improve to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in district action.