March 2020

Ongoing Service to Campus and Community

At Pasco-Hernando State College, a single community service club has pledged to help students in need, regularly makes Easter baskets for kids at the Spring Hill Boys and Girls Club, recently completed work on a Habitat for Humanity house in Pasco, have made dinners at Hernando facilities that help the homeless and those struggling with addiction and mental illness, have donated to Dawn Center domestic and sexual violence center, and over the holidays spearheaded a 170-pound donation of food, clothes, and gifts for Metropolitan Ministries.    

Hernando libraries are open for business online

For the time being and in the interest of community health and safety, the Hernando County Public Library System is closed to the public. Patrons should be rest assured, however, that it is only the four brick and mortar library locations whose doors are locked to the public. Online at, patrons will find a busy and thriving Hernando library branch that is open 24/7; offering a complete selection of programs, resources, and services.

Florida sets up second highway checkpoint

March 28, 2020

by Jim Turner


TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday announced the creation of an Interstate 95 checkpoint on Florida's northern border to screen motorists traveling from the New York City area, in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Saturday's announcement came a day after DeSantis said he was setting up a similar checkpoint in Northwest Florida, targeting travelers from Louisiana.

Hernando County School District announces event cancellations for remaining school year

By Andy Villamarzo 

Hernando Sun sports writer 

BROOKSVILLE- If there were any lingering ideas about students and student-athletes taking part in any scheduled or make-up events for the 2019-2020 school year, the Hernando School District has made up its mind. 

Saturday morning, parents, students, teachers and coaches awoke to the news that the Hernando School District would be canceling all of its events for the remainder of the academic year. With the cancellations go any chances of making up any athletic events, prom dances or grad bash trips. 

Focus on the Flowers

In times of crisis, we often find strength as a nation. Neighbors helping neighbors. We do what we can, and we focus on what we can do to help others. We may go shopping for friends who are scared to go out.

Currently, we are too focused on what others are doing or not doing. The college spring breakers are ignoring social distancing. That person is touching their face. Why are you going to the park? We are focusing on the wrong things. We are focused on finding blame with everyone. We are all aghast. We seem to be growing apart rather than coming together.

Obituaries Published March 27, 2020

Ryan, Lorraine Patricia, age 76, of Spring Hill, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  She is survived by her husband, James "Jim", children: Patricia, James Jr., Kevin, Michael, Stephen, Theresa, Dennis and Peter; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Src; Merritt

Gonzalez, Rafael E., 86, of Spring Hill, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. He was a United States Navy veteran.  He is survived by his wife, Pura Gonzalez; children: Ralph (Tova), Noemi (George), Myra (Michael);5 grandchildren,  and 4great-grandchildren.  Src; Merritt