Spring Hill ex-parachuter receives honor award

Mel Greene with his Medal of Honor

A Spring Hill man was recently honored as the 2017 82nd Airborne-All American Medal of Honor Award Winner.

Mel Greene, a resident of Hernando County since 1992, was "shocked" when notified of the award at the 82nd Army Airborne Association Convention this past August in Orlando. Greene's honor included leading a parade of approximately 300 troops and Veterans through Disney World down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Later that night, Greene addressed the convention, attended by more than 700 people, where he received the special medallion and official honor award.

Hernando becomes Purple Heart county

On Nov. 7, 2017, Hernando County Commissioners will officially proclaim Hernando County to be a Purple Heart County. Christopher Boreland, the Junior Vice Commander for the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) has been working with the county, Commissioner Jeff Holcomb and former Commissioner John Mitten in order to establish the designation.

Dr. Paul Farmer, world renowned humanitarian from Hernando County

Dr. Paul Farmer in Bayalpata Hospital, Nepal- by Nyaya Health via Flickr

Dr. Paul Farmer is a world famous physician and humanitarian, who was raised in Hernando County. He graduated from Hernando High in 1978, where he served as class president. By 1983, prior to entering medical school, he was in Haiti laying the groundwork for what would become a revolutionary way to bring healthcare to impoverished communities. He graduated from Harvard with an MD and a PhD.

Volunteers do battle against rabies

Hernando Sun staff

Team of 12 volunteers selected to participate in the 2017 Mission Rabies drive to vaccinate 70 percent of dogs in Blantyre, Malawi. Mission Rabies, a charity based in the UK, in partnership with Brief Media and the Clinicians' Brief, launched the program in 2015 and send out a team of volunteers each year. Hernando County resident, Linda Christian is pictured fourth from the left. Photos courtesy of Mission Rabies.

Every year, mostly in Africa and Asia, thousands of people die from rabies — the majority of the infections originating from dog bites. It’s not a pretty disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, seizures, delirium, hallucinations and aggressiveness.

The key to eliminating this deadly disease is vaccinating enough dogs to rein in the spread of the virus.

Art Club students to create mural depicting women's club history

Every week approximately 15 students make the trek uphill from Hernando High School through downtown Brooksville to the historic wood framed building which is home to the Historic Brooksville Women’s Club of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).

They file in quietly, but with much anticipation for the work to come. Laying down their backpacks, they partake of home baked cookies, made by club member Tina Dolan along with lemonade.

Returning Airman surprises his son

Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan Anger made a surprise visit to greet his five year-old son, Daniel at J.D. Floyd K-8

It was an exciting day for a classroom of kindergartners at J.D. Floyd Elementary School when Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan Anger made a surprise visit to greet his five year-old son, Daniel. Anger had just returned from a four month deployment to Qatar and Afghanistan.

Accompanying Sergeant Anger were his other sons - sixteen year-old Vincent, four year-old Odin and the boys' mother, Tamara.

Anger is in his seventh year as a career Air Force enlisted man. He is an avionics specialist stationed out of Macdill Air Force Base in Tampa.

Oyster reef project grant agreement approved by commission

Brittany Hall Scharf, Sea Grant Agent for Hernando County holds a tile full of juvenile oysters, part of the pilot oyster restoration project.  Photo by Hernando Co. Gov.

On Sept. 26, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners approved a grant agreement with FDEP’s Florida Coastal Management Program for an oyster and marsh grass habitat restoration project. The project location is just north of Hernando Beach, in Centipede Bay.

Aquatic Services Director Keith Kolasa stated, “The reason why we picked this area is because there’s not a lot of fish habitat in Centipede Bay… There’s a lot of sand there, scattered seagrass… That’s why we’re focusing on this area, to allow fishing and wildlife enhancement near Hernando Beach.”