Sarah Nachin

Chocachatti Elementary School stages Disney's "The Aristocats"

If Walt Disney were alive today, I'm sure he would have been pleased with Chocachatti Elementary School's adaptation of his animated musical comedy, "The Aristocats." The play tells the story of an elderly rich woman, Madam, who decides to leave her wealth to her pet cats when she dies. This sets a plot in motion by her nefarious butler, Edgar, to kidnap the cats and send them to Timbuktu so he can inherit the money.

Jay Blanton overcomes challenges and inspires others

Brooksville resident Jay Blanton knows first hand what it's like to be bullied. Born with a cleft palate that caused a severe speech impediment, he was teased unmercifully when he was a child. But instead of letting his challenges overcome him, Jay overcame them.

One way was by enrolling in a martial arts school. This helped him gain self-confidence and enabled him to protect himself. Eventually, he earned 1st Degree Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do and in Isshinryu Karate. Jay went on to teach self-defense to women and Senior Citizens.

“Triumph and Tragedy,” theme of this year’s history fair

by SARAH NACHIN
HERNANDO SUN WRITER

On Saturday, February 23, members of the community, students and teachers gathered at Weeki Wachee High School for the annual History Fair.  History teachers Damien Clark from Weeki Wachee High School, Suzanne Miranda from Springstead High School and Michael Cooper from Winding Waters K-8 School spearheaded the event. The theme of this year’s fair was “Triumph and Tragedy.” 

PHP: filling the shelves, feeding the hungry

by SARAH NACHIN
Hernando Sun Reporter

Although Evan Sommerfeld has been with People Helping People (PHP) for only six months, he has an expansive vision for the non-profit organization. Sommerfeld took over as Executive Director after the first of this year - the only paid employee among a large group of volunteers.

The PHP Help Center is located at 1396 Kass Circle in Spring Hill. 

Hernando County sheriff announces participation in ICE program

By Sarah Nachin

Governor Ron DeSantis, Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis and Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco held a joint press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 26, 2019. The topic addressed was public safety in relation to crimes committed in our state by illegal immigrants. A number of state, county and local elected officials were in attendance.  

Fox Chapel Middle School Proves Science is Fun

Thursday evening, January 17, 2019 the Science department at Fox Chapel Middle School held a Parent Involvement Science Night. The purpose was to get parents to participate in their children's education, show the students practical applications of what they learned in their classes and to have fun. Taking part in the event were six science teachers, an ESE (Exceptional Student Education) teacher and a Title 1 facilitator. The team of instructors had worked for a couple of months on preparing the event.     

Holy Cross Lutheran Church to Host Forum on Hate-Free Zones

On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, Holy Cross Lutheran Church will host a forum on Creating Hate-Free Zones in our community. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the church located at 6193 Spring Hill Drive. What a hate-free zone is or looks like is open for discussion and will be the focus  of the forum, which kicks off a monthly “Community Topics Series” that is intended to provide help and guidance with issues related to daily living.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church to Host Forum on Hate-Free Zones

On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, Holy Cross Lutheran Church will host a forum on Creating Hate-Free Zones in our community. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the church located at 6193 Spring Hill Drive. What a hate-free zone is or looks like is open for discussion and will be the focus of the forum, which kicks off a monthly “Community Topics Series” that is intended to provide help and guidance with issues related to daily living.

Sheriff Nienhuis Announces Closure in Decades-Old Sexual Battery Case

Thursday, JAN. 10, 2019-  Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis and Detective George Loydgren held a joint press conference to announce that the department had solved a sexual battery case dating back to 1983. Through advanced DNA testing techniques, they were finally able to put a name and a face to the man who raped a twelve-year-old Ridge Manor girl thirty-five years ago.  
 

Springstead High School Student Collects Gifts for Hospital Patients

Ashlyn Ware knows what it's like to be in the hospital. The fifteen-year-old Springstead High School freshman has been hospitalized three times in the past year or so. She was a patient at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa undergoing tests and treatments for what the doctors believe is an autoimmune disorder. When she was hospitalized in December of 2017 she saw how the children reacted when they were given presents from a local organization and decided she wanted to do something similar.