County mourns loss of Longtime Sports Reporter Castro

by Chris Bernhardt Jr.


Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. A common cliché to be sure, but one Tony Castro busted out often when it came to his approach to reporting. 

Over the past two decades, where there was a story or an event related to Hernando County athletics, more often than not there was Tony Castro. 

Castro, a longtime local sports reporter, passed away over the weekend, at age 61. Though he had privately battled health issues over the past couple years, his death stunned the community.

The Joy of Toys

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Being admitted to hospital can be very scary for children, especially for younger children who don’t understand why they have to stay in the hospital and away from home.

To help make a child’s hospital stay less frightening, a group of local volunteers is helping our smallest patients by making simple wooden toys.

Funeral for Sergeant Louis Genovese

On Oct. 20, 2019, Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced the passing of Sergeant Louis "Lou" Genovese as a result of a sudden onset medical condition.

Funeral services for Sergeant Genovese will be held from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, FL 34601.  The public is invited to attend.

There will be a private grave site service for family, close friends, and Lou's law enforcement family.

UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County has a new meeting room and laboratory

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BROOKSVILLE, Fla.-- On Thursday October 10, University of Florida IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences) Extension had an open house to celebrate the recent expansion of their facility located at 16110 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville, FL 34604.

They were able to acquire the additional space after AMskills, a manufacturing training program, moved out of the building.

New K-9 Partners for Patriots CEO proof of program's efficacy


BROOKSVILLE, FL--  At the request of Mary Peter, founder and CEO of K9 Partners for Patriots since its inception in 2014, its Board of Directors has approved her recommended appointment of Ron Flaville, Chief Operating Officer, to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 
Flaville was the first veteran to complete the K9P4P program which trains a veteran to train the dog the program provides; becoming the veteran’s own working ‘service’ dog in compliance with specific ADA requirements for that status.

Chocachatti Students Shine in Fun Production

On Thursday, October 10, the fourth grade students at Chocachatti Elementary School put on a play called “The Solar System Saga.” Family, friends and fellow students attended the 6:00 p.m. performance. 

The play explained in a very clever way all about the parts of the solar system – from the planets and the sun to asteroids and comets. It was entertaining as well as educational. The play incorporated dance and music, including popular songs, such as “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “Good Day, Sunshine.”

Beating the Odds – Happy to be 105

Not many people live to be 100 years old and fewer still live past that age. Silva Mudd Ludwig has beat these statistics by reaching the age of 105. On Saturday, October 12 approximately fifty members of her family gathered at the home of Floyd Mudd in Nobleton to celebrate this milestone with her. Relatives came from as far away as Illinois and Indiana, representing three generations.