Business and Community

Chamber’s Third Annual Home and Garden Show

On Saturday, March 20, the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce held its third annual Home and Garden Show. It would have been its fourth had the show not been canceled last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

This year’s event took place at American Aviation adjacent to the Hernando County Airport with more than fifty vendors and exhibitors participating. Most were chamber members, but non-members also participated. 

Veterans’ HEAT Factory Raises Funds with Comedy Show

On Saturday, January 30, The Veterans’ HEAT Factory (VHF) held a fun-filled evening of comedy at the VFW Post 10209 in Spring Hill. The purpose was to raise money for its mission to help veterans and first responders who suffer from Post- Traumatic Stress. Approximately 100 people (socially-distanced and masked)   turned out to watch local professional magician, Elliott Smith, perform his comedy magic and to view a multi-media presentation of the history of comedy presented by Tony Belmont of the Comedy Hall of Fame Museum.

Hernando Beach's Hot Wing Challenge

Mr. John Dolci owner of Drunken Mullet held the challenge as a Fundraiser for United Community Hernando Beach (UCHB) to help them by giving back to the community. 

There were several challenges that were successful in raising funds for UCHB.

Children’s, Women's, Men’s, and Firefighters' challenges.  

There were many vendors who sat up to sell their creations made by hand to sell to the community which some even sold out of homemade items.  

Each vendor donated one item to UCHB which was put on silent auction and each item sold for a great donation.  

Eye Witnesses to History

On January 15, Martin Luther King would have been ninety-two years old – if he were alive. Sadly, he was assassinated before his 40th birthday on April 4, 1968.  He spearheaded the Civil Rights movement with his tactics of non-violence and has inspired three generations. 

A number of local African-Americans were involved in the Civil Rights movement. 

Local dignitary passes away at age 92

By LISA MACNEIL
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Charles R. "Chuck" Smith, 92, of Brooksville, Florida, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at his home.

The former County Commissioner and member of the Florida House of Representatives was  born January 20, 1928 in Webster, Florida. During his political career, Chuck focused on Florida’s agricultural issues and personally addressed issues in the farming community.