Bear Sighting at Tillis Hill

by Hernando Sun Staff and Sid Taylor, Division of Forestry

Sid Taylor, Division of Forestry at Tillis Hill had her first bear sighting (in her twenty years here) 1/2 mile S of Tillis Hill on Dec. 28. She suspects it was a young male looking for territory from the Chassahowitzka area. She found the tracks the next morning. She hopes he stays...but admits he will have to find a female and bring her back here. She has only confirmed one other track here in her career and no confirmed sightings. Taylor was on the Chassahowitzka Working Bear Group for her first 8 or 10 years. There were less than twenty bears at height of the count.

With New Computer Lab, The Arc Educational Center to provide Technology Training for Clients

by Julie Maglio

The Arc Nature Coast now has a new computer lab thanks to the Kiwanis of Spring Hill and Kiwanis Florida Foundation. Godfrey Eason of Kiwanis Spring Hill applied and was approved for a matching grant from the Kiwanis Florida Foundation. Each of the two organizations contributed $5,000.00 for the purchase of computer equipment. They now have a state of the art media room, complete with 12 computer stations, 3 lap tops, an integrated printer and a large screen computer with a wireless keyboard.

Weeki Wachee Seafood Market

by Hernando Sun Staff

Al and Ellie Marceau own the Weeki Wachee Seafood market which opened its doors late last year. So far they have developed a strong relationship with locals and restaurant owners. They have great prices and fresh delicious seafood of many varieties. The gulf shrimp pinks are wonderful and their wild North Atlantic salmon melts in your mouth. Both are affordably priced. We even tried their octopus which we chopped up and sauteed with some garlic and olive oil. This was a hit.

WWII ERA B-17 Bomber Visits Brooksville

by Hernando Sun Staff

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) stopped at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport this week with their WWII era B-17 G Bomber.

Pilot Lorraine Morris says it’s a heavy plane to fly but it’s a lot of fun. She has been a pilot for United Airlines for 25 years, flys the B-17 for fun and feels honored to do so. When it takes off it is very loud and remains so during the flight. Morris says it costs about $4500/hr to fly it.

Chiropractic Care in the Comfort of your own Home

by Hernando Sun Staff

Hernando Sun sat down with Dr. Jessica Allen, a chiropractor starting a practice here in Hernando County that provides chiropractic services supported by soft tissue massage in the patient’s own home. She told us about her experiences as a chiropractor and what drove her to establish such a unique practice.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will take place on January 19th, 2015 to celebrate his birth (January 15, 1929), honor his accomplishments and the principles he stood for. The Parade begins at 10:00 am at the Hernando High School Bus Compound on Oakwoood heading west, it will then take Howell Ave South, to Ft. Dade Avenue East, and finally Bell Avenue back to Hernando High.

Small Things Done with Great Love

by Pastor Hal Hester, Vineyard Christian Church

Little things done with great love will change the world. It is a concept borrowed from the life of Mother Teresa; the idea that the little things we do are what make a real impact rather than the big things we do on occasion. It is the idea that the real heroes of our lives are not just those who in moments of bravery act selflessly, but those who act selflessly day-by-day.

Welcome Thyme on the Square, Downtown Brooksville

by Hernando Sun Staff

Thyme on the Square, a new restaurant located in the historic J.A. Jennings Building in downtown Brooksville is already building a reputation for their fried pork rinds which can be spiced with your choice of their signature seasonings. The restaurant serving lunch and dinner, has no qualms about serving from the lunch menu at dinnertime. They also offer homemade egg nog or mocha cappucino flavored ice cream. At the bar you can order beer, wine, and a variety of wine mixers.

Prepare for Brooksville Library 5K Run

Get your new year off to a healthy start! Every Saturday at 11:30am trainers at YMCA of Spring Hill, 1300 Mariner Blvd will help you prepare for the Brooksville 5K run. The Couch to 5K program is funded by the Florida Department of Health. They encourage you to speak with your physician before participating. You can register for the Couch to 5K training program at To add this event to your calendar go to

The Conversion of a Church and Restoration of a Cemetery

Howell Family Cemetery on Olive Street

Jack and Jeanne Lovelace live in the former St. Anthony the Abbott Catholic Church on Olive Street in Brooksville. Behind their home is an old cemetery that was forgotten and neglected for decades. The cemetery was never a part of the church, but a family plot, part of the 160 acre Howell Plantation. In 1907, Robert J. Mickler sold a small piece of property from the Howell Estate, which he inherited from his late wife Mary Howell, to establish a much needed Catholic Church.