Community gathers to say farewell

Family, friends and regulars of Becky Jack’s Seafood Shack gathered on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 to celebrate the life of owner Joe Foster, who passed away earlier in the week. Joe ran the restaurant with his wife Kim Curtis, who died in 2015. 

Inside the restaurant, Doug Swan told the story of a photo of Joe smiling and holding a large grouper.  A longtime friend, Swan reminisced of fishing and boating with Joe and Kim, whom he’d met at Newk’s Cafe in Tampa over a decade ago.  Joe and Kim became regulars of Newk’s, and formed many friendships there.  

Teacher, coach: Gone but not forgotten

Freddie Lee Hudson, passed away at the age of 64 on Monday, January 22, 2018. Freddie was a local math teacher and coach. Born Oct. 12, 1953, Freddie and his family moved here when Freddie was just one, from Ashburn, GA. He began his coaching career in JV Football and Track and Field at Springstead High.

He spent 38 years as a teacher and coach, helping the Eagles to earn 11 conference titles, four districts crowns, and a region championship. In 2002 he was named Coach of the Year in the All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, when the Eagles went to county and GCAC titles.

Remembering Hernando County Educator Cynthia Moore

On January 7, 2017 Hernando County lost an educator who devoted her life to the students she served. Over Cynthia Moore’s 40 years of service to Hernando County Schools, she taught 5th grade, was the President of the Hernando County Teacher’s Association (HCTA) for two terms, and was a member of FEA-Retired. She served one term as an elected official on the Hernando School Board. Cynthia volunteered at Brooksville Elementary School and often gave to families in need. She was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority for 42 years.

FMX enthusiasts mourn the passing of a legend freestyle biker Paul Smith

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Paul Smith during Kids Day at Croom 2013

Smith was a legend in freestyle motocross, known to many as Smitty 333; Smith spent some time here in Hernando County and became well known in the area.

Smith was born in Nova Scotia, resided in Brooksville in 2012 then moved to Las Vegas with his wife, a couple of years ago. He tirelessly worked on obtaining a unique style as well as defining his skill in freestyle motocross.

Nick Ruggiero was dedicated to community, country and family

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Nick Ruggiero, far left, former Spring Hill Fire Chief

Nick Ruggiero oversaw the growth of the Spring Hill Fire Department from "meager beginnings" to the establishment of three fire stations with paid staff, dispatchers, EMTs and up to date fire engines and ambulances.

Looking at the statement above in the year 2016, without prior knowledge of those meager beginnings, it is difficult to understand the progress that was made between the time Ruggiero started as a volunteer with the Department in 1968 and when he resigned as Fire Chief in 1985.