June 2019

School district plans to bring millage rate increase to the voters

Hernando Sun Reporter

Heather Martin, Deputy Superintendent, and Joyce McIntyre, Director of Finance, met with the School Board members to talk about the district’s need to increase millage rates, the proposed amount(s), how the money would be used, and the timing of a vote by the citizens. 

Grabbin’ some legs

Now folks, it’s that time of year when I begin growing a hunger for frog! I’m tellin’ you, fill up a platter of fried legs with a pot of hominy grits on the side with some cornbread and iced tea and you’ll have a Southern meal fit for a king!  But, how’s the best way to go about gathering up the main ingredient for a frog fry?  Well, that’s a bit of a subjective answer as some ways are certainly more efficient than others, but efficiency aside, my idea of the best way is the way which is most fun…. to jump in and grab ‘em old school, with your bare hands.

Drop in third grade reading scores prompts changes

Hernando Sun Reporter

The percentage decrease in third graders passing the FSA reading assessment for the 2018-2019 school year will be addressed by district staff in a number of ways in the upcoming school year.  The numbers were discussed in detail and specific strategies for reading instruction and training were presented at the school board workshop on June 11, 2019.

Belgium: Land of beer, pommes frites and chocolate


Belgium: A tiny little country but huge on beer!

When you think of Europe and beer, Germany springs to mind, Ireland or even the Czech Republic, the ancestral home of Budweiser. 

But Belgium has probably the widest selection of beers in the world and can brew delicious, fruity beers from practically anything — cherries, raspberries, strawberries, apricots, honey, orange peels, cinnamon, black pepper, nuts, chocolate and even wheat. So many of these wheat beers can now be seen to be gracing the shelves in Publix.

Obituaries publ. June 28, 2019

GRACE, James “Jim” Lonnie of Spring Hill, FL passed away on June 18, 2019. He was 74. Jim was born on Dec. 28, 1944 in Detroit, MI to Lonnie and Martha Grace. He was an avid lover of college football and a die hard fan of the University of Michigan. You could hear him quite often saying “Go Blue.” Jim also enjoyed bass fishing and for many years you would find him before the sun rose getting in his boat to hit the water for the day. He had a deep passion for riding his Harley and many road trips were taken on his Harley.

Guardian of the Glades, Part 2


During our last trip to the Everglades, my best hunting buddy, Meghan Bailes and I joined The Wildman, Dusty Crum, his long-time girlfriend Natalee Mckinney and fellow member of the South Florida Water Management District’s, Python Eradication Team, Greg Morris, for a night’s hunt, searching for wild Burmese pythons.  I had the pleasure of interviewing them about the plight of the Everglades and it’s native wildlife.  

T-Volt Technical Skill Development

Many of our skilled technicians are nearing the age of retirement. For many years there has been an emphasis on sending high school graduates to college, other options have not been emphasized. T-Volt is working on providing an alternate route by teaching entry-level technical skills for the building trades that can start individuals on a path to a successful and rewarding career.