May 2016

From Sheriff's Office: Teen Drowns at Rogers Park

(Correction and update to article published 5/30/16)

On 05-30-16 at approximately 3:26 p.m. two Hernando County deputies were on proactive patrol in the area of Rogers Park located at 7244 Shoal Line Boulevard in Weeki Wachee.

The deputies were assigned to patrol the area for any illegal activity such as: bridge jumping, illegal use of alcohol in the park or on the river, monitoring the safe operation of kayaks, canoes and motorized vessels, etc., when they observed a male attempting to climb to the top of the bridge to jump off.

My Dad Charles Looper

Charles Looper (the younger) grew up in Lake Lindsey's Lake Village. After his plane was shot down during WWII, he was captured by the Germans (in December of 1945). He spent several months in a POW camp in Moosburg called Stalag 7A until he was freed on April 28th, 1945. Mr. Looper recalls fond memories of his childhood in Lake Village.

He was known to many people as Mr. Looper, to others he was known as Bill Looper, to me, he was Daddy. He was a good storyteller and although I had heard many of the stories over and over, I still enjoyed them. I listened very carefully to see if he ever changed a story, but
they always seemed to ring true to form. My Dad didn't get much formal education, but I believe he was ahead of his time in many ways. For instance, he got tired of draining the

Planting the top of a Pineapple

Photography by Rocco Maglio

Have you ever wondered what you should do with the top of the pineapple that you purchased at the store? You can plant it in the ground, water it and it may grow into a pineapple plant that gives you another pineapple.

Pineapples grow well in Hernando county. The editor of the Brooksville Star began JC (John Cabell) Burwell planted pineapples in his backyard. There is a beautiful photo from 1899 of his daughter Sally standing in the pineapple garden at their house on Olive Street in downtown Brooksville.

Sculpture of Confederate General to be removed from Statuary Hall in D.C.

The bronze sculpture of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith by artist C. Adrian Pillars, will be removed from National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The State of Florida gave the sculpture to Statuary Hall in 1922. A statue of the inventor of air conditioning, Dr. John Gorrie, will remain in Statuary Hall. Each state displays two statues within the Hall's collection.

Common Sense Caregiving: Trying to Keep Your Cool while Caregiving

Mr. Gary Joseph LeBlanc is a health columnist specializing in dementia care. He has authored over 350 articles on the subject.

It is a widely accepted fact that being a caregiver for someone living with dementia is an incredibly stressful undertaking. If this is you, then you know the amount of pressure can be emotionally crushing. Having been a caregiver myself, I accepted a long time ago that we're only human and, eventually, we likely will have a meltdown due to the incessant responsibilities upon our shoulders. It can happen to the best of us.

An Over-Achiever is now Stigmatized

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

Dr. Domenick J. Maglio

Throughout history there have always been people who take pride in their work and others who just get by with as little effort as possible. The ones who want to be recognized for their effort see their production as a reflection of themselves.

Many others needed incentives to get them to do the simplest tasks. It is the percentage of the doers versus the takers that determines the vitality of the nation.
At different stages of history nations went through periods of rewarding merit and others rewarded family status.