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Kids: plant a garden for National Pollinator Week

Did you know having a garden is not only adding nature to your surroundings but can provide many insects and birds a substantial source of food?

June 17 through June 23 is National Pollinator Week, a great opportunity to learn about the many pollinating species and some fascinating facts.

So what is a pollinator?

A pollinator is simply an insect or other species that transfers pollen from one flowering plant to another.

Who are pollinators?

DeSantis signs budget, vetoes $131 million

June 21, 2019

by Jim Turner, Ana Ceballos


TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis used his line-item veto power to slash more than $131 million in proposed spending Friday as he signed a record $90.98 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Calling the package “fiscally responsible,” the freshman governor praised lawmakers for exceeding his request for spending on environmental projects and for a boost in per-student funding in public schools.

Hernando County Housing Authority considers interlocal agreement with Brooksville Housing Authority

Hernando Sun Reporter

The Hernando County Housing Authority (HCHA) was presented with the prospect of an interlocal agreement with the Brooksville Housing Authority (BHA), where the HCHA would become a managing entity of the BHA.  The discussion ended in a 4-0 vote to review the agreement, which has yet to be finalized, in a July meeting. 

Pace Center for Girls celebrates its first high school graduates


 Pace Center for Girls in Hernando is proud to announce that three of its students are the program’s first high school graduates since its inception in January 2018.
 The Pace Center for Girls in Hernando County was founded in 2018 to serve middle and high school girls who are struggling but want to make positive changes in their lives. As a movement, Pace was founded in 1985 to provide an opportunity for young women and girls to create a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy.

A celebratory send off for Future Soldiers

Once high school graduation has come and gone, many graduates are faced with this question: “What do I do now?”  While some young men and women apply for and are accepted to colleges and universities early on, others decide to enter the job force directly.  Furthermore, some young people heed the call to service and enlist in one of the five branches of the military. Occasionally, those who directly entered the job force or matriculated to college consider and accept enlistment later in life.  

Hoods 4 Heroes

As our society advances in regards to the production of manufactured goods and materials, so advances the threat of cancer in our world.  Nowhere does this ring truer than in fire stations across the country. Word of mouth and personal experience show that almost any firefighter you speak with either has direct experience with cancer or knows someone in the line of work who has battled it.

Vision for Success


At eighteen years of age, Hailey Skoglund has already accomplished more than many people twice her age and has overcome more obstacles than most people encounter in a lifetime. 

Hailey was born with a genetic eye disease that caused her vision to progressively deteriorate. Now she is almost completely blind. Yet, that hasn’t stopped her from graduating early from Pasco Hernando State College (PHSC) in December of 2018 and graduating from Nature Coast Technical High School this year as Salutatorian of her class. 

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 …”