What is a Master Gardener? What do they do? Is the program for everyone? Master Gardener
program goals are to provide instruction and science-based information to individuals who will,
in turn, volunteer in the community to share that knowledge with the public. Florida’s Master
Gardener program is part of the Extension Service of the University of Florida’s Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).

Holy Cross Lutheran Church to Host Forum on Hate-Free Zones

On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, Holy Cross Lutheran Church will host a forum on Creating Hate-Free Zones in our community. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the church located at 6193 Spring Hill Drive. What a hate-free zone is or looks like is open for discussion and will be the focus of the forum, which kicks off a monthly “Community Topics Series” that is intended to provide help and guidance with issues related to daily living.

The Brooksville Raid's "Fighting Parson"

Hernando Sun Writer

This year marks the 39th Annual Brooksville Raid reenactment. The raid commemorates the  1864 Civil War raid of the Hernando County area by the Union army. The purpose of the Brooksville Raid was to disrupt the supplies that were coming from the region to support the Confederate army. Some of the targets of the raid were local cattle herds, crops, and a salt works.The raid did not burn the major settlements, but the homes of prominent citizens were burned and their crops and cattle were taken.

Sheriff Nienhuis Announces Closure in Decades-Old Sexual Battery Case

On Thursday, January 10, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis and Detective George Loydgren held a joint press conference to announce that the department had solved a sexual battery case dating back to 1983. Through advanced DNA testing techniques, they were finally able to put a name and a face to the man who raped a twelve-year-old Ridge Manor girl thirty-five years ago.

Nienhuis commented, “There is a 99.99% chance that William Lewis Nichols... is the one who left his DNA at the scene of the rape back in 1983.”

World premiere of a local teacher’s screenplay


Hollywood, complete with red carpet and press coverage, came to downtown St. Petersburg on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 with the world premiere of Bernie the Dolphin. Co-scripted by Spring Hill teacher and screenwriter Terri Emerson, the film tells the story of two children who save a beloved dolphin and his pod, along with an environmentally-sensitive cove from an unscrupulous real estate developer. Although the movie’s setting is St. Augustine, near Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the film was shot primarily in Pinellas County.   

New Year's Eve Tangerine Drop

The Tangerine Drop on New Year's Eve was a well known Hernando County event. A fiberglass tangerine was dropped at the Jerome Brown Community Center. The last time the tangerine was dropped was the 2008-2009 New Year.

Wayne Vutech, the Tangerine Drop committee chairman in an article at the time said the event ended because of diminishing funds and a lack of volunteers. He recently said that he would be amenable to restarting the event if volunteers and sponsors could be found.