February 2016

Nature Coast Students win scholarship at automotive technology competition

L to R: Braedon Santella, Devan Morgan, their instructor Kevin Moglia, Wayne Lehnert, UTI – Orlando, Director of Operations/Education and Steve McElfresh (far right), UTI – Orlando, campus president.

ORLANDO – A two man team from Nature Coast Technical High School, Braedon Santella and Devan Morgan recently placed 10th at the 2016 Top Tech Challenge hosted by Universal Technical Institute – Orlando. Twenty teams from 11 high schools around the state entered the competition, which tested prowess in automotive technology. For their 10th place finish, Santella and Morgan each received a $1,000 scholarship to the Universal Technical Institute in Orlando.

What Hackers Want

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It is important to understand what cyber criminals value, so you can take appropriate measures to stop them. The things that are valued by the criminals are not what you would expect. The dollar value of data below was provided by internet content security software company, Trend Micro. The of analysis of data was originally produced for CNBC. Trend Micro found that an Uber account ($3.78 on average) or a Netflix account ($.76 on average) was trading for significantly more than a credit card ($.20 on average) on anonymous encrypted networks known as the Dark Net.

Strikers Take 2016 Sunshine Cup

From top left to right: Kylie Bland-Moore, Brooke Brening, Billie   Allnutt, Kayla Dawson, Madison Bowman, Gianna Huber,   Breanna Anselmo, Jordan Cheze  From bottom left to right: Skylar Benz, MacKenzie Curcio,   Brianna Evans, Jacqueline Jones, Carmen Chinchilla, Elise   Wilfong, Alexia Benjamin, Caitlyn Dilley  Not pictured to the left: Karla Cantero-Garcia, Mouna Shuayb  and Coach Jim Cheze

The Strikers under 14 girls soccer team began their journey together in November, 2015; with the first game being held on the 7th at the Anderson Snow Soccer Complex. Within their age division; there were three other teams to compete against; including the Citrus (Heat), the Brooksville (Hornets) and a 2nd U14 from FHYSC (Twisters). While some of these girls have played soccer for years, others have played only a short time.

Sports notebook: Brooks earns Hornets’ first regional crown

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Weeki Wachee senior Dean Brooks won a regional championship at 285 pounds on Saturday. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

A week after the Weeki Wachee wrestling team brought home its first district title, it can now boast its initial individual regional champion. Senior Dean Brooks won all three of his matches across Friday and Saturday, pinning Javohn Maravolo of Titusville-Astronaut in 2:30 to capture the 285-pound final of the Class 1A, Region II Tournament at Eastern Florida State College in Titusville.

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Rep. Nugent urges BOCC to hasten construction of Quality Drive sidewalk

Sidewalk along Quality Drive in Spring Hill

The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners welcomed U.S. Representative Richard Nugent to their regular meeting on February 23, 2016. Congressman Nugent spoke to the Board on behalf of Arlene Sollis, who traveled to the Congressman’s Washington, D.C. office to plead with him for assistance in expediting construction of a sidewalk and crosswalk along Quality Drive in Spring Hill. The sidewalk and crosswalk are needed for residents of the Vista Grand senior living community and children walking to and from Suncoast Elementary School.

Uptown Gallery showcases a diverse group of artists in Brooksville

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Paintings that are on exhibit at City Hall in Brooksville, Florida

BROOKSVILLE- Judith McIntire, Gallery Coordinator for the Brooksville City Hall Gallery has been exposed to creative endeavors since her youth. “I was born into a family with three very active artists: my mother and my aunts,” McIntire explained. Today she combines her talent for photography and watercolor painting. “Creativity is what it’s all about, it doesn’t matter what medium it is, and it soothes the soul.”

Enchanted Weekiwachee Preserve: Nature’s Therapy

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Cypress Village

Enchanted Weeki Wachee Preserve: Nature’s Therapy

From the Weekiwachee Preserve to the Withlacoochee State Trail, Hernando County has great areas for hiking, biking and walking. This is great news for the health of our residents and visitors. According to WedMD,

"Many health care researchers and practitioners say that ecotherapy (also known as green therapy, nature therapy, and earth-centered therapy) can have regenerative powers, improving mood and easing anxiety, stress, and depression.

Students transform themselves into historic US figures

Mrs. Maher's 2nd grade class at Winding Waters K-8

On February 18, 2016, Mrs. Maher’s second grade class at Winding Waters K-8 transformed themselves into historically significant figures from the United States. Parents, administrators and school board members came face to face with “wax” impersonations of Neil Armstrong, Elizabeth Blackwell, Jonas Salk, Benjamin Franklin and many others.

Obituaries February 13th though February 25th 2016

Dunstan Oliver I., age 84, of Spring Hill, Florida passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016. He was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey. He is survived by his loving wife of forty years Camille
Dunstan; sons Charles La Bella; Larry La Bella and wife Janet; daughters Carolyn Knowlton and husband Dan; Sandy Little and husband Toby; Lois Martin and husband Don; Karen Potter and husband Craig; grandchildren Erika, Bobby, Daniel, John, Lauren, Leanne, Stephanie and Donnie. Memorial service will be at a later date. Src: Turner