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Bicycling Brothers Experience Year on the Road

PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY MATT AND ANDREW SUFFICOOL AND ALICE MARY HERDEN

When Matt and Andrew Sufficool decided to spend the past year bicycling from one end of the Americas to the other, it definitely raised a few eyebrows.

Andrew Sufficool explained that many younger people under 50 questioned them asking in Andrew's words," ''What do you mean, you guys have to work.' We're like, 'Yeah, we saved our money for a couple years, that's how we can afford to do it,' " Andrew said that they just couldn't comprehend that you don't have to work all the time.

Lake Lindsey United Methodist Church Fire is Arson, Suspect Awaiting Arrest Warrant

Hernando Sun Staff

This past Sunday, Hernando Sun reported on the Lake Lindsey United Methodist church fire. We spoke to Rhonda Lillie, a member of the church who was surprised by the turn of events. We also spoke with Chis Sloane Battalion Chief of Hernando County Fire Rescue who stated that there was no structural damage suffered, just smoke and water damage. He also said that the ATF and State Fire Marshal are investigating the incident. It turns out that investigators identified the incident as arson and a suspect is awaiting arrest.

Ebb and Flow of Aripeka's Artists

ARTWORK BY NEUMANN, ROSENQUIST, STACK, ERDRICH, CAPARELLO, MCCALLUM

A small coastal community on the border of Pasco and Hernando County has been called home by several major contemporary artists. The alluring nature of Aripeka, resides in its beauty and isolation, both especially appealing to artists seeking a place for inspiration and contemplation. At one point at least six highly successful artists lived in Aripeka but not many remain. Like the ebb and flow of the Gulf waters, Aripeka is awaiting new talent to emerge from the tide. Leslie Neumann who is an artist as well as a land conservationist still lives and works in Aripeka.

Masaryktown- A bit of Paradise

Special to Hernando Sun, Elaine Tokos Hogue

I want to share my experience of living in Masaryktown, Florida located 40 miles north of Tampa and 10 miles south of Brooksville on the western coast of Florida. Masaryktown was a small poultry- egg producing farming community, comprised of approximately 300 Slovaks and some Czechs. I say “was” because although the town is the same today, the population and structure are now totally different.

Karst Underwater Research: Exploring the Sanctums Beneath Us

How many people driving down US 19 are aware of the vast cavern system beneath them? Brett Hemphill and the Karst Underwater Research (KUR) Team know the system very well. Mr. Hemphill jokes that every time he drives a certain portion of US19, he holds his breath because he knows that the only thing between the car and a vast underwater cavern hundreds of feet deep and large enough to hold a jumbo airliner is just feet of limestone rock.

City of Brooksville suing to get rid of red light cameras?

Julie Maglio

A letter dated April 9th, 2015 was sent to the City of Brooksville from Carlos Lofstedt of SenSys America. In this letter, Mr. Hofstedt tells the City of Brooksville that they will be liable for damages “in excess of $500,000 representing Sensys’s lost revenue” if they terminate the red light camera contract in December of 2015. They maintain that their contract with the City of Brooksville naturally terminates in April 2017 since that is 3 years from the installation of the last traffic infraction detector.

SunTrust Bank Closes American Gun & Pawn's Account

Hernando Sun Staff

A local story that has received national attention is SunTrust Bank's closing of the banking account of American Gun & Pawn. On March 20 Steve Champion, the owner of American Gun & Pawn, received a letter from SunTrust stating his deposit accounts, safe deposit boxes, and credit cards would need to be closed by April 20th, or SunTrust would close them for him.

Patricia's Boutique: Brooksville's Iconic Dress Shop Gives Back

Downtown Brooksville is graced with a unique boutique. Locals and out of towners alike slow their roll as they pass to admire the massive strip of beautifully dressed display windows that are Patricia’s Boutique. The historical location was built way back in 1912 and first housed a quality shop, flower shop, and upstairs doctors office. The nearly 6000 square foot space is divided into three separate sections, the prom room, bridal suite, and casuals shoppe.