Operation Backpack in Hernando: giving and growing every year

In recent days, many back to school giveaways have taken place throughout the county offering a wide variety of services to students embarking on a new school year, from free vision tests and physicals to free backpacks. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office ran the Back to School Extravaganza at Anderson Snow Park which drew approximately 3500 people on Aug. 3.  There was also Operation Backpack at the Jerome Brown Center in Brooksville that same day, which aimed to giveaway about 500 backpacks to area children.

13th Annual Stuff the Bus Fills Hernando Classrooms

Spring Hill, FL – (July 30, 2019) – United Way of Hernando County’s 13th Annual Stuff the Bus events took place Friday, July 12th through Sunday, July 14th. United Way staff, school teachers, community partners, and volunteers came together to collect donated school supplies at all Hernando Publix locations, as well as two local Walmart locations. This year, there were 721 total hours logged by volunteers.

Fuller Center’s First Home for a Hernando Family in Need Breaks Ground

On Saturday, July 20, 2019, on a secluded, wooded lot in a Weeki Wachee neighborhood, a relatively new-to-the-area nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable workforce housing broke ground on their first residential construction project.  Alongside several community members, local businesses and elders from Community Church in the Wildwood, The Fuller Center for Housing Nature Coast (FCHNC) ceremoniously began construction on a new home for a family in need in Hernando County.

Birthday Gifts for Charity

As many of us get older, birthdays no longer have the same excitement as they once held in early childhood years. The excitement of waiting for our birthdays and the 'must-have' presents has faded. We know longer have to wait for our birthday for something we want. Our friends and family like to acknowledge our birthday and few enjoy showing up at a party empty-handed, so gathering donations for charity is an exemplary use of your birthday.

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.