Rocco Maglio, is a writer and co-founder of The Hernando Sun. He grew up in Brooksville and graduated from Hernando High School, where he ran an underground weekly newspaper, which was comical in nature.
The Children's Advocacy Center of Hernando County (CAC) recently received a grant for $2,000. Rodney Tower, a retired police officer who is now a Senior Manager for Law Enforcement Relations with a company called Aftermath presented the check to the organization on Monday, September 16. Several years ago, Aftermath instituted a program called “Why We Serve.” Each year, they hold a contest throughout the United States for community based non-profit organizations to develop a public service announcement (PSA) detailing who they are and what they do.
Not very long ago, Patrick Hramika was a hospice patient. Given a terminal diagnosis, and perhaps a year to live, Hramika and his family made arrangements with the HPH Hospice for his care during that time.
The remarkable part of Hramika’s story is; few hospice patients make a full recovery and go on to lead a charity golf tournament to benefit their local hospice.
by SARAH NACHIN
On the fourth Saturday of September, many volunteers participate in National Public Lands Day. It’s a day to bring together hundreds of thousands of volunteers to help restore the country’s public lands. On Saturday, September 28, 2019 many volunteers from individual and organizational groups gathered at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park to help with much-needed landscaping and general clean-up.
Laura Basamania maintains landscaping areas at the park and has been doing so for the past four years. Volunteers contributing their time is much appreciated.
On September 13, 2019 the University of Florida/IFAS Extension at Hernando County offered a training program for participation in the Horseshoe Crab Watch Citizen Science Program. Volunteers had the opportunity to learn about the program and especially about horseshoe crabs, which are not crabs. They are closely related to spiders and other arachnids. We all reacted the same way. See what you can learn when you volunteer!
Brooksville, FL – Hernando County Crime Stoppers, Inc. is pleased to announce the first Crime Stoppers Art Contest. The contest is open from September 28 through November 30, 2019. Contest guidelines and entry form are available at
BROOKSVILLE, Fla.- Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 the Hernando High Leopards JV football team played on their home turf against Citrus. But this was a different game. There was one player missing.
Just one week ago on September 12, the JV Leopards football team played against Springstead and it was a great game. Hernando dominated the Eagles 21-6, but sadly it was the last game one football player would play. JV football player Trevor Bowen ( No. 11) died the next morning.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, members of the First Baptist Church of Garden Grove unveiled a historic marker, commemorating the area of rich history whose surviving families first homesteaded the area in the late 1800s.
Garden Grove began as a planned development, whose growth was stunted in the 30s, when the housing market slowed.
BROOKSVILLE, Fla.- Join Jan Knowles, local historian and Arts Council’s Projects Coordinator, on a one-hour walking tour of downtown Brooksville’s murals and public art. Jan remarks, “We invite you to visit our historic downtown, learn the insider information on our murals, have a lovely luncheon at one of our excellent restaurants, and check out a shop or two.” For access to additional information about each mural, QR codes on mural presentation plaques have been added to the tour.
by JULIE B. MAGLIO
On Sept. 12, 2019, Trevor Bowen was playing his heart out on the football field. A Hernando High School junior varsity football player, he and his team worked hard and beat a very physical Springstead Eagles team 20-6 on their turf. The next morning Sept. 13, 2019 Trevor Bowen was tragically hit by a van on California Street in Brooksville while walking to school.