Coastal Cleanup – Save the Date!

Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension in Hernando County are teaming up with local businesses, clubs, and county government to host the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup in Hernando County. This International Cleanup began more than 30 years ago when communities rallied together to keep their beaches pristine. Now, thousands of volunteers from around the world can participate in this international cleanup through a location near them. 


BROOKSVILLE – On Saturday, July 27th, HCSD’s Parent Academy team, along with 85 school district and community volunteers, arrived at Nature Coast Technical High School to host their annual “Back To School Bash”. Only in its 3rd year, the event reached an attendance milestone. Parent Academy staff estimate this year’s event brought in approximately 5,000 attendees - almost 2,000 more than last year! 

Big haul for SCUBAnauts

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On Saturday, July 20, 2019, the local SCUBAnauts dove the site of the A.H. Richardson Reef to remove tires that served as the foundation for the artificial reef, that began construction in 1977.  Tires as reef material have since been determined to be harmful for marine life.  The SCUBAnauts also retrieved abandoned crab traps, discarded fishing line and rope.  

Additional dives are planned to retrieve more tires, as the carrier boat on this trip reached capacity.

Newspaper clipping MYSTERY

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A little while ago the Hernando Sun came into possession of an interesting piece of history. It was a piece of flashing from a roof with a newspaper article printed on it. Our first thought was that maybe it was a plate from printing the newspaper, but then the writing would have been a mirror image, so that when the ink was transferred to the newsprint it would be correct. 

Longleaf Pine Alliance hosts educational program for land managers, private landowners

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The Longleaf Alliance held their Longleaf Academy Program at the Withlacoochee Training Center in Brooksville for staff members from state and federal agencies, forest industries as well as conservation groups, researchers and private landowners.

Longleaf Alliance Technical Assistance & Training Specialist Karen Brown and Vice President of Operations Ad Platt were the instructors of the three-day training program.  

Rotary Club of Spring Hill donates supplies to PAW Warriors


On Thursday, July 18 members of the Rotary Club of Spring Hill paid a visit to PAW Warriors, a facility that offers care and shelter to abandoned, stray, sick and injured cats. 

The club delivered $400 worth of cat food, kitty litter, detergent, bleach and other supplies. The facility off County Line Road at the moment houses approximately 143 felines. 

Teddy Toye, from Spring Hill to Broadway

By Sabrina Sivert

Many people dream of performing on Broadway, but for Teddy Toye, from Spring Hill, this dream is a reality. 

When Teddy was 18 months old, he sang at the Strawberry Festival where he shocked the audience singing “Minnie the Moocher” an old Cab Calloway song and “Great Balls of Fire,” by Jerry Lee Lewis, without missing a word or beat.  At two years old Teddy stepped on stage with his father Eddie Toye, a musician, and he quickly fell in love with the musical world. 

Oak Hill Hospital's Volunteer Association awards $15,000 in scholarships to 2019 high school graduates

Oak Hill Hospital is proud to announce that a total of 15 scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded to graduating  Hernando County seniors by Oak Hill Hospital’s Volunteer Association. Oak Hill Hospital Volunteer association, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit entity. The $15,000 in scholarships was awarded to the following students:

Celebrities and Alzheimer's Disease Exhibition

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Feisty is an understatement, she was a fireball. 

Watching her in the All-American sitcom show, The Golden Girls, you never knew what would come out of Sophia Petrillo's mouth. As she (well into her 80s) lived with her adult daughter, Dorothy and two other older women in their shared, multi-bedroom Miami home on the tv series.