January 2016

Help Track Sparrows in Weeki Wachee Preserve

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

 Marianne Korosy, Ph.D. after banding one of the netted Sparrows

The Florida Water Management District needs assistance in identifying what birds’ species are using the preserve during the winter. “In the summer, birds perch and sing, so you can easily identify what birds [there are], but in the winter the birds rarely perch," explained Marianne Korosy, PhD. She is the Florida Important Bird Area Coordinator at National Audubon Society.

Obituaries January 23rd to 29th 2016

FETTIG, Anton L., age 81 of Spring Hill passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016. Born in Killdeer, ND he came to this area in 2004 from New Town, ND. He was a rancher and a U.S. Army Korean Conflict Veteran. He was predeceased by his parents: Anton J. & Beryl E. Fettig, brother: Clinton Fettig and grandson: Coleton Fettig. Survivors include his wife: Juana of Spring Hill; 6 sons: Morgen J., Charles E., Gabriel W.

Huden, Lady Eagles ready for regionals

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

When Springstead’s girls basketball program played its first games in 1976, its current players were certainly a long way from roaming the Earth. Even head coach Jay McNerney wasn’t born yet. It has taken 40 seasons, 15 head coaches (two of them for multiple stints) and 862 official games, but the Lady Eagles will finally play in their first regional playoff tilt on Thursday when they travel to Seffner-Armwood for a 7 p.m. contest.

History made in county girls hoops

Top photo submitted
All other photography by Alice Mary Herden

In the aftermath of this week’s girls basketball district tournaments, two county teams remained alive, both celebrating unprecedented achievements within the history of their programs.

For the third time in four seasons, and the fourth time overall, Hernando Christian Academy has advanced to regionals. But this go-round brings a unique twist. On Thursday at First Academy-Leesburg, the Lady Lions collected their first district championship with a 41-28 triumph over Ocala-St. John Lutheran in the Class 2A, District 4 final.

Obituaries January 15th through 23rd 2016

Constance Pirrotta, 84, of Spring Hill passed away January 15, 2016. Visitation will be held January 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 at 280 Mariner Bouldvard. Src: Brewer

MILLER, Helen K., 91, of Floral City, FL died Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Mease Countryside Hospital.

Scott Michael Dennison, 22 of Masaryktown passed away January 15, 2016. Src: Brewer

Robin R. Vozniak, 55 of Spring Hill, FL passed away on January 15, 2015. Src: Downing

Anthony J. Sabatino, 76 of Spring Hill, FL passed away on January 15, 2016. Src: Downing

Silverthorn Home Invasion, Then Man Shoots Himself at Hospital in Separate Incident

Hernando Sun Staff

January 26th, 2016 was a busy evening for law enforcement.

Around 4:30pm, the Sheriff's department received several phone calls involving a home invasion in the Silverthorn gated community indicating there were two women injured. Further calls from residents in the area stated that one victim was seriously injured at the residence while the other was pursuing the suspect. The suspect was apprehended by authorities after he was spotted attempting to cross the Suncoast Parkway. The suspect was identified as Joseph Panarese.

The Short-Lived Logging Town of Centralia

Special to Hernando Sun, Cynthia Taylor

Centralia Sawmill

The Centralia sawmill site is now on Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. It was a short-lived logging town to harvest 15,000 acres of monster red Tidewater Cypress trees from the Gulf’s edge. To drive to Centralia, travel CR 476 west and take Centralia Road. When you reach US 19 you are “downtown” Centralia (Post Office was open June 10, 1910 until December 11, 1922).