Throwing our hat in the ring

The Hernando Sun competes in the Florida Press Weekly Newspaper Contest for the first time

This time of year, weekly newspapers around the state of Florida are preparing and finalizing their submissions for the Florida Press Association weekly newspaper contest. We have been printing for 3 years and a weekly newspaper for nearly 2 years and it is the first time we are submitting entries for the contest. The contest is for content published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017. While, it would be nice to be recognized by the FPA, it is really just a lot of fun to look back at some of our best work from 2017 and remember how the stories came to be.

Secretary Detzner Designates Brooksville Main Street as Florida Main Street Program of the Month

Secretary of State Ken Detzner today announced that Brooksville Main Street has been designated the Florida Main Street Community of the Month for February 2018. Communities are selected based on their developmental achievements and participation in the Florida Main Street Program.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for BEST Academy

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 the ribbon at BEST Academy in Brooksville was cut. The ceremony signified the charter school becoming part of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. BEST which stands for Brooksville Engineering, Science, and Technology, opened its door in 2013, to middle school aged children right here in Hernando County. Parents and staff have worked together since opening to expand and cement the school's position in the county.

Beware of Micro-Stealing

One of the latest developments in cybersecurity is the advent of microstealing. Criminals are planting software that uses your computer hardware to accomplish tasks.

The criminals may add software to a site, so when you read the news, a script runs in the background that mines cryptocurrency. The criminals earn a little money from each person who visits the site.

It does affect the person who they use the computing power from, since the computer uses more electricity and may perform other operations slower than normal.

GDPR is going to affect us all

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted by the European Union (EU) in April 2016. The GDPR requires that businesses protect EU Citizens’ privacy and personal data on transactions that take place in the EU.

The GDPR is going to start being enforced May 25, 2018. Companies are required to protect an individual’s IP address, browser cookie, and RFID tags in the same manner as they would secure that person’s name, address and Social Security number.

Tidal Brewing Company prepares their brewhouse


David Peitzman, co-owner of Tidal Brewing Company recently gave The Hernando Sun a sneak peek into Tidal’s brewhouse. The brewing equipment has been installed, completely transforming the former car wash in the plaza on Spring Hill Drive and Barclay Avenue. Each tank holds five barrels (BBLs) which is 155 gallons.

“We will always have a rotating variety on tap,” said Peitzman.

There is currently no date set for the grand opening, but the Peitzmans are excited to see the establishment take shape.

Boning up on meat

Roberet ‘Mitch’ Carlisle, co-owner of the Carlisle’s Meat Market in Brooksville readies to add a ribeye steak to the display cabinet. Submitted photos.

Like most Americans, we probably don’t give much thought to the meat we buy beyond it being fresh or how much it’s going to cost. But now that we have a new butcher’s shop in Brooksville, we should think twice before buying any more supermarket Styrofoam tray-plastic-wrapped lower quality meats like pork chops, NY strip steaks or chicken cuts.

Having sliced meats and poultry for Publix and Winn-Dixie for years, it was only a matter of time before Robert ‘Mitch’ Carlisle would open his own butcher shop.

Internet-cable companies needed in Hernando to compete with Spectrum

The FCC Fixed Broadband Map shows where fixed residential broadband services of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is deployed and where it is not deployed. The graph on the right side shows the fraction of population with or without access to such broadband.

At the Jan. 9, 2018 Hernando County Commission meeting Chairman Steve Champion challenged staff to seek out other companies to compete with Spectrum’s cable/internet services in Hernando. He was responding to complaints on social media from people who were under the impress that the Commission had granted Spectrum (formerly Brighthouse) a monopoly.

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, opening Brooksville location


Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen is opening a location in Brooksville on Cortez Blvd a little west of Mariner Blvd. They are located next to the Tijuana Flats that recently opened.

Cheddar's serves American Fare. They are a large restaurant with an expansive menu. The were founded in Arlington, Texas in 1979. Cheddar's was in the news recently for their March 27th purchase by Darden Restaurants for $780 million in a cash transaction. Darden's other restaurant chains are Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V's.