Summer Hampton

Organization Brings Joy and Other Essentials to the Homeless

Nature Coast Community Services Foundation (NCCSF) is a nonprofit organization that cares for and assists the homeless population across Hernando County. The organization travels to those in need, wherever they reside. This is run by Ellen Paul and a small group of kind people, whose passion is to uplift their community and help whenever and wherever they're needed.

Mack Meyers is on her way to Florida Gateway College

Spring sports are in full bloom this time of year and amidst the exciting games and rivalries, some amazing opportunities are popping up as well. In fact on March 24, volleyball player Mackenzie Meyers from Hernando Christian Academy signed her letter of intent to Florida Gateway College in Lake City.  The Hernando Christian lion has worked hard to get where she is, she trains about 4 out of 7 days of the week and she's been playing for about 5 years now. She also has team practice two days of the week and does weight training and cardio two other days.

An Evening for Baseball and Veterans

On Tuesday, February 16, the Springstead High School baseball team led by coach Joe Pepitone and new head coach Jeff Gilesspi, took to the field for their first home game of the season. The team played against Crystal River and coach Joe commented, “It’s great to be back on the ball field after a year of shutting everything down. The boys are excited, the athletic director Dustin Kupcik, and Principal Mrs.

Florida Gulf Coast Clusters- the thrill of competition and beautiful dogs

Dog shows offer fun for all ages. They combine amazing and beautiful dogs with the thrill of competition. I attended a day of Hernando’s American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Show at the Florida Gulf Coast Clusters and got to see first hand the excitement it can bring. The two week long event is packed full of fun, memories, camping, competing, good people, and more. The Florida Gulf Coast Clusters Dog Show took place over the course of two weeks, January 14-18 and 20-24, 2021 at Florida Classic Park in Brooksville.

“8 Can Chicken Soup” for a Cause

Sisters Katie (age 13) and twins Madie and Jocie (age 9) gave thanks to their community in a big way this year. For Thanksgiving they wanted to help out other kids, so they started a project to build packages of “8 Can Chicken Soup” to give to families in need. The package includes all of the ingredients with a printed out recipe which makes an easy and nutritious dinner for 6-8 people in less than 20 minutes. Grandmother of Katie, Madie and Jocie, Trish Kunath generously supplied us with the recipe as well!

The Problem With Affordable Housing In Hernando County

There is a lack of affordable housing in the US and the crisis has only gotten worse since the start of the pandemic. In the midst of that and the stay-at-home mandates, it became clear not everyone has a home on a regular basis where they can feel safe. The cost of living is so high and minimum wage is low currently, there are limited to no options for people. Business Insider is one of the many outlets who reported that nowhere in the US can a minimum wage worker afford rent.

Boy Scouts Honoring Veterans

On Veterans Day (Nov. 11) as most of you know, Americans honor all of those who have served our country in war or peace, who are dead or alive, although it’s largely intended to thank those veterans still living for all of their sacrifices. This day used to be called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I. We celebrate Veterans Day every year; we have loved ones who have served and some who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.