Margaret Rogers Ghiotto, Great Brooksvillian 2003

Hernando Sun Writer

At 10 years old, Margaret Rogers would see Brooksville through her young little eyes, as a child in the late 1920s. Dirt roads. Bicycles. Oatmeal on the breakfast table, was a common meal choice among children. World War One had been lingering on the minds of all Americans, especially small town America whose loved ones had been off to war and many had not returned by the time it ended in 1918. 

Five points of Life 5k & Kids Marathon

The Five Points of Life Foundation and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers invite you to be a part of the 7th Annual Five Points of Life Kids Marathon Hernando and the 4th annual 5K Hernando presented by Oak Hill Hospital. 

The Kids Marathon and 5K are scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Target at Suncoast Crossing (3101 Aerial Way, Brooksville, FL 34604). The 5K will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the Kids Marathon will begin at 9:15 a.m. 

Jay Blanton overcomes challenges and inspires others

Brooksville resident Jay Blanton knows first hand what it's like to be bullied. Born with a cleft palate that caused a severe speech impediment, he was teased unmercifully when he was a child. But instead of letting his challenges overcome him, Jay overcame them.

One way was by enrolling in a martial arts school. This helped him gain self-confidence and enabled him to protect himself. Eventually, he earned 1st Degree Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do and in Isshinryu Karate. Jay went on to teach self-defense to women and Senior Citizens.

Congressional action  reintroduced to end abuse of exotic cats


“What is often not understood is that the rampant breeding for cub petting that results in so many untracked captive animals in the U.S. is contributing to possible extinction of tigers and other big cats in the wild. The State Department has confirmed that domestic private ownership of big cats in the U.S. is problematic as they work with other nations to oppose tiger farming and trafficking”

— Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue 

Brooksville Ranch hosts Nationwide Mule Clinic

Ty Evans and his family have always been around mules and donkeys at their Utah ranch. An opportunity arose, for Evans to offer lessons to riders and their mules on how to positively partner with each other. He developed a Mulemanship training clinic. Today, Evans travels throughout the country building connections between riders and their mule.  He visited Brooksville last month, conducting a three-day clinic at Spotted Dance Ranch.

“Triumph and Tragedy,” theme of this year’s history fair


On Saturday, February 23, members of the community, students and teachers gathered at Weeki Wachee High School for the annual History Fair.  History teachers Damien Clark from Weeki Wachee High School, Suzanne Miranda from Springstead High School and Michael Cooper from Winding Waters K-8 School spearheaded the event. The theme of this year’s fair was “Triumph and Tragedy.” 

PHP: filling the shelves, feeding the hungry

Hernando Sun Reporter

Although Evan Sommerfeld has been with People Helping People (PHP) for only six months, he has an expansive vision for the non-profit organization. Sommerfeld took over as Executive Director after the first of this year - the only paid employee among a large group of volunteers.

The PHP Help Center is located at 1396 Kass Circle in Spring Hill. 

From Rescue to Recovery

A female bald eagle was struck by a car while foraging on road kill in Brooksville on Jan. 24, 2019.  This story is not only about her path to recovery, but a look at those who help save, treat and rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.


After the eagle was hit, she was brought to Owl’s Nest Sanctuary in Odessa, FL.