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High Point Community Holds Fourth of July Parade

On Thursday, July 4th the High Point Community held its annual Fourth of July Parade. This has been a tradition with the Brooksville manufactured home community for more than twenty years. 

For Toni McCabe, the parade chairperson, this was her first year heading up the event. She started organizing it in February. Nineteen volunteers assisted her. 

"They were involved in getting donations, lining up the participants in the parade,  registering the entries, getting judges and ones to tally the votes," Toni stated. 

Local Writer publishes first comic book: Catians | A Feline Fantasy Adventure

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Since the age of ten, Cortney Cameron was always interested in anime and animated cartoons. Her new comic book, Catians started as a game she invented and played with her sister and their cousin in the rural area of Hays, North Carolina.

"We took advantage of the natural terrain by developing this fantasy world where we could go out and run around and pretend that we were these superheroes, super-powered characters."

Capt. James McKay Sr. stuck between the Union and the Rebels

by ROCCO MAGLIO
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Captain James McKay Sr. had numerous connections to Hernando County. He was the father of Almeria Belle Mackay Lykes “Mama Allie,” the matriarch of the prominent Hernando County Lykes Family.  

The Lykes’ home was “the original Spring Hill” and is located off of Fort Dade Ave and Citrus Way. On Capt. McKay’s first voyage to the area, he was shipwrecked on the shoals in Chassahowitzka Bay.

Richloam Historic Marker Dedication

By ROCCO MAGLIO

The Richloam General Store celebrated the unveiling of their second Historic Marker. They have a Historic Marker at the general store. The second marker was a few hundred feet further down the road at the current ranger station. This marker denotes the site of the Schroder Land and Timber Company (SLTC) Clubhouse. The SLTC was a large timber and turpentine producer who also split up and sold small portions of their land to the public. The clubhouse was built in 1916 and was sold to the U.S.

“My Body is a temple of the Holy Spirit”

by MARCIA JONES

Marcia Jones of Weeki Wachee has lost an incredible 73 pounds through the non-profit TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non–commercial weight loss, education, and support organization. Additionally, she was recently crowned TOPS Florida Queen for her weight loss success, meaning she lost more weight than any other female TOPS member in the entire state. Here is Marcia’s story in her own words.

Heartwood Preserve: A final resting place in nature

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

We all go through life facing the unknown.  Our emotions remind us that we are human, that we live and we die.

Cemeteries, mausoleums, urns or the scattering of ashes are traditional choices for a final resting place. However, there is another option, a natural alternative to the traditional burial. For many, this option has helped them gain a new perspective about death as well as a peaceful way towards closure.

Great Spirit Farm: ‘Food is thy medicine...’

by LISA MACNEIL

Hernando Sun Reporter

Nestled just west of the Croom wildlife area is an airy, modern home converted from horse stables. Growing everywhere on the 20-acre property called Great Spirit Farms are dozens of edible and otherwise beneficial plants, harvested to create tinctures and salad greens by Travis Morehead and Shannon Hernandez.   

Brighter future for girls

Oak Hill Hospital, a major sponsor of the Pace Center for Girls in Hernando County, recently hosted an inaugural breakfast with more than 160 community members attending the event. Diana Jerome is the Community Engagement Manager for the Pace Center for Girls in both Pasco and Hernando counties. “Pace is a free and voluntary year-round program,” she said.