Business and Community

Show Us Your Sunshine: PJ the DJ

In these challenging and frightening times, it takes a lot of encouragement and affirmative 'sunshine' to get us through--with perhaps a little music and dance thrown 'in the mix.'

Peter Lobato is known throughout Hernando as both PJ the DJ and Mr. Encourager. And this popular disc jockey received some encouragement of his own from The Arc Nature Coast, a 501-C-3, non-profit, charitable organization providing services and supports for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Hernando and Pasco counties.

'Dino' is one step closer to becoming a national landmark

A community fixture is one step closer to becoming a national landmark. And for the massive, highly animated fella known as "Dino," every step is a big one!

The building located at 5299 Commercial Way in Spring Hill takes the shape of a dinosaur character known as Dino, an "Apatosaurus" that stands 47 feet tall and is 110 feet long. And Dino is now on the fast track in its nomination for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; an official list of the Nation's historical sites deemed worthy of preservation.  

A Product Whose Time has Come

Steve Jobs developed the Apple computer in his garage. The Wright brothers built the first successful airplane in their bicycle repair shop. Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in his college dorm room. Many others have invented useful items in their basements. Seventeen-year-old Braden Krueger produces his Germ Buffers on his mother’s sewing machine in his parents’ dining room. 

Buzz, Clip, Shave and Chop!

Hair salons and barber shops have been closed since March, but our hair hasn’t stopped growing! It’s been two months since the closure, so it’s safe to say we're all in dire need of a hair makeover. Hair salons have been open for about a week now, if they follow FL CDC guidelines. I stopped into a few shops around Hernando County to see what safety measures they’re taking and how they’re adapting to the new norm. 

Parks, Beaches reopen, County moves forward cautiously

At the regularly scheduled Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting Tuesday, April 28, 2020 the board voted to extend the current state of emergency for an additional seven days as is required by Florida law.  They also voted to reopen parks and beach areas, such as Alfred McKethan Park and Pine Island.   Pine Island’s beach has been closed, however remained open to launch watercraft.  Both votes were unanimous.

Show Us Your Sunshine: Lunch for ER staff & Radio Auction

Great Life Church of Spring Hill loves their city. And recently, they showed some sunshine to hardworking medical staff at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville.

As part of their Love Your City community program, Great Life volunteers conducted an Oak Hill Hospital Outreach March 26; delivering 50 full lunches to the hospital's ER staff.

Cada Soapery in Spring Hill Making Face Shields for Local Healthcare Workers

When COVID-19 started to impact the United States we began to have a shortage in personal protective equipment (PPE). One major piece of equipment that medical facilities are running short on is face masks/shields. The shortage of masks/shields is forcing health care workers to put themselves at risk of getting the virus. Some nurses are only being given one face mask daily that they are having to wear throughout their whole shift.

Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., Hires Retreat Manager for Chinsegut Hill Retreat and Conference Center

(Brooksville, FL March 26, 2020) Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., is excited to announce the hiring of 20-year Hernando County Parks and Recreation veteran staff, Christie Williams, as the retreat manager for Chinsegut Hill Retreat and Conference Center.

On January 28, 2020, Mid Florida Community Services, Inc.(MFCS), and the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners entered into a partnership agreement for the operation of Chinsegut Hill Retreat and Conference Center in Brooksville.

Walter Dry Sr., Community Leader

Walter L. Dry, Sr., a prominent Hernando County resident known for his founding of the Human Rights Coalition of Hernando County in 1998, Florida passed away on March 27, 2020.  He was 86. 

Hernando County Commissioner John Mitten served with Dry while serving on the board of the United Way.  A charter member of the United Way, Dry was involved in several community events where he collaborated with Mitten.