Lisa MacNeil

Prospects for a public gun range

Hernando Sun Reporter

Commissioner Steve Champion asked the commission at the June 11, 2019 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting to consider seeking a federal grant to build a public shooting range in the county.  

“Obviously, I’m involved in the shooting sports in the county … I’m very passionate about our second amendment and our Constitution …”

Hernando Sun publisher asks for county’s support in fighting ‘news desert’ designation


Our very own Publisher, Julie Maglio came to the board of county commissioners to speak of the Hernando Sun’s oasis in the “news desert” that is Hernando County, identified as such by the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) School of Journalism.

“A ‘news desert’ means there are not a lot of local news sources in our county,”  Maglio explained. 

Future of Chinsegut Hill and  vacation rentals among Board directives 


At the June 11, 2019 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, County Administrator Jeff Rogers briefly mentioned Board Directives discussed at the last meeting, and opened this day’s discussion with the topics of vacation rental homes and future management of Chinsegut Hill Retreat and Manor.  

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Marker 48 Celebrates the John Reeves Incident

On March 2, 1965, John Reeves strolled near his home which was someplace near where Marker 48 is today and the Western Way Plaza.   As the story goes, Reeves noticed a strange disk-shaped object sitting on or near his property. It rested on legs extending from the bottom of the craft.   According to the legend, Reeves estimated the craft to be around 40-feet in diameter. Enough room for a few friends to comfortably take a road space trip.

Winding Waters Students Honor, Learn from Veterans

Hernando Sun Reporter

On Friday, May 24, 2019, students at Winding Waters K-8 assembled in the gym to hear award-winning essays by fellow classmates.   Introduced by Army Colonel Jerry Lambert of Timber Pines, the top essayists were awarded cash for their contributions.

Seventh-grader Alex Collito began the program by reciting the Gettysburg Address.

The students of Winding Waters then heard first-hand accounts from those who served during wartime in the United States Armed Forces.

Men bake cakes to raise roofs


Baking cakes to raise some roofs.  Real roofs on real houses.  The Hernando County Habitat for Humanity held their 5th annual fundraiser to put more roofs on more houses. 

This year’s cast of celebrity bakers brought their best cakes.

Before the showcase of celebrity talent, attendees whet their appetites at the Cake Auction where they sampled and bid to take home the best of the home-baked specialties from private submissions.  For $1, cake-tasters could obtain a generous shot of milk, which paired perfectly with any of the cakes up for a sample.

Ten arrested on human trafficking charges


Sheriff Al Nienhuis was the first to speak at the press conference held on Friday, May 17, 2019.  He said,

“Oftentimes, when we hear ‘human trafficking,’ it’s easy for us to think of a very big city, and maybe the victims who were kidnapped from some foreign land and brought over here and forced to work in some sort of slave labor and prostitution.  But, unfortunately it’s not unusual to have individuals right here in the United States that are forced into this type of activity.”

Hernando County will continue participation in water supply authority


At the May 14, 2019 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) regular meeting, the board members voted 5-0 in favor of drafting a letter to notify the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority (WRWSA) of their continued participation, while reviewing of whether or not the county will continue to be a member of the four-county independent water authority.