Up close and Purr...sonal

by Sue Quigley
Hernando Sun Writer
Photography by
Alice Mary Herden

In the midst of the hustle ’n bustle of Tampa Bay lies a peaceful oasis under a 70-acre canopy of shady oaks and palm trees. It’s a place where there is comfort and love and a forever home for tigers and other big cats that have been rescued from horrific conditions.

Honoring Our WWII Veterans


Special to The Hernando Sun

On Oct. 20, 2018, VFW Post 10209 in Spring Hill was brought back to the 1940’s by their very talented Auxiliary members. From the moment you entered the building, the presence of the WWII era was felt. Guests were seen in era clothing. Vintage posters, photos, newspaper articles, WWII uniforms, right down to the Victrola playing records of the time. Patriotic banners framed the canteen and stage. It was a step back in time to an era of history that witnessed the greatest heroes of our time.

Veterans Day Roundup

Chinsegut Hill Veterans Day Brunch

Hosted by Chinsegut Hill Retreat
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11 AM – 2 PM
Chinsegut Hill Retreat
22495 Chinsegut Hill Rd, Brooksville, Florida 34601
Come up to Chinsegut Hill Retreat to help us honor and thank our active duty and veterans. Brunch featuring the MUDDS Jazzy Blues Band. We are still looking for folks to sponsor a veteran for just $25.00 call us to sponsor a veteran.

The Veterans Appreciation Parade

Medical team throws family feast BBQ for patients


You may recall that last Friday afternoon, some bad weather came through our area.  Fortunately, the winds died down and the doctors of Florida Cancer Specialists in Brooksville were able to serve up a special dinner for patients and their family members. Approximately 500 people attended the Florida Cancer Specialists’ 5th Annual Patient Appreciation BBQ. Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ tight end Alan Cross, two Bucs cheerleaders and ‘Captain Fear,’ the Bucs mascot were also in attendance.

Random Acts of BBQ


Random Acts of BBQ is what Sonny’s BBQ on Commercial Way calls some of its charitable work. Often a day’s proceeds are donated to a worthy cause, such as Hurricane Michael relief two weeks ago.  

On Friday, October 26, a Random Act of BBQ honored the volunteers of the Ability Tree organization.

Critical time for home of Hernando's relics

Article and Photography by JULIE B. MAGLIO

Where East Jefferson Street takes a sharp left turn heading into downtown Brooksville, a stately home overlooks the vehicles that take the curve- some gingerly, others not so much and still others a little distracted by the appealing seven gabled home of Queen Anne architecture.  It’s called the May-Stringer House, well known for its rumoured spectral inhabitants and the local treasures it keeps.  

2019 Swamp Fest mascot chosen

Hernando Sun Writer

Members of the Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest T-Shirt Contest Committee, led by Audrey Holley,  gathered at the Weeki Wachee Area Club on Shoal Line Boulevard Sept. 29, 2018 to select the winners and runners-up of the annual Swamp Festival mascot contest.

For the 2019 Swamp Fest logo, entries were required to be in black and white, 8.5 x 11 inches in size and to feature a swamp monster and critters in a swamp scene. 
The design also had to be original and not computer generated.