A Wedding to Remember

Hannah & Shane Walker

Every young woman dreams of a perfect wedding to remember. But few would dream of a wedding taking place in a hospital.

Hannah Bryan and her fiancé, Shane Walker, who live in Aberdeen, Maryland planned to be wed in October of this year, but she wanted her beloved grandfather, Jimmie Nichols, to walk her down the aisle since her father was no longer living.

Hernando County: a leader in artificial reef development

Since 1990 Hernando County has been active in artificial reef development. Funding is provided by a combination of federal, state and local government, as well as private funds. This is done through the Division of Marine Fisheries Management of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The FWC assists in developing these reefs, enhancing existing reefs that are already successful and to monitor and assess artificial reefs.

History of Fort Cooper and the Cove of the Withlacoochee

The Second Seminole War fought from 1835 to 1842 included several battles in the area surrounding the Withlacoochee between the Seminoles and the United States Military. The most well known of these battles was at Dade Massacre in Sumter County, where on December 23, 1835 the Seminoles wiped out 110 US troops. The troops were on a resupply mission from Fort Brooke in Tampa to Fort King in Ocala.

Some wingbone turkey call history

Toby Benoit

Cherokee Style, Wingbone Turkey Yelper

If you have spent any time around turkey hunting, you have probably heard of wingbone callers. They are turkey calls that are made from the actual bones found in a wild turkey’s wing. Historians and archaeologists say that wingbone turkey calls date back perhaps 6500 years. Native Americans made yelper calls from the three bones found in the wing of a turkey: the radius (the smallest bone), the ulna and the humerus (the biggest bone).

Get Your Lawn Green and Healthy by Using the Right Fertilizer

Jim Davis is the Multi-County Extension Director for UF/IFAS Sumter County and Hernando County Extension and a Florida Master Naturalist Instructor.

Using the Right Fertilizer Keeps Your Lawn Healthy. Photo by Jim Davis.

Last week I wrote about the importance of mowing. This week, allow me talk about how to fertilize appropriately. Selecting the right formulation of fertilizer can help your turfgrass stay lush, green and healthy during the growing season. There are many fertilizer formulations available for homeowners. Not all are created equal. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) extension recommends using a fertilizer with a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio of nitrogen to potassium. For example, 15-0-15 and 16-0-8 would be a 1:1 formulation.

Learn about raising chickens at local animal rescue farm

Josie and Zane with Polish chickens

Driving down congested U.S. 19 or State Road 50 you wouldn't think that Hernando County was once predominantly agriculture or that family farms and ranches still thrive amongst the concrete and neon lights of fast food restaurants and shopping centers. One such family-owned operation is Golden Rainbow Ranch on Snow Memorial Highway in Brooksville.

Ali and David Baylor have owned their 10-acre ranch since 2007. Ali credits it with literally saving David's life.

Operation Heart F.E.L.T Awarded $5,000 from Killingsworth Agency through insurance award program

Providing nearly 100,000 free meals to hundreds of local schoolchildren each year, the team at Operation Heart F.E.L.T. has been able to make a difference throughout Hernando County and are looking to expand their scope to include additional schools. The nonprofit group has already received a $5,000 donation from Killingsworth Agency made possible through a 2018 Safeco® Make More Happen Award, and hopes to double the amount with support from local residents on social media.

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (March 12, 2018) — Killingsworth Agency has earned a 2018 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award in recognition of its exceptional volunteerism and commitment to making positive change happen in the local community. The award includes a $5,000 donation that will go directly to Operation Heart F.E.L.T (Feeding Empty Little Tummies), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing nutritious meals to homeless and displaced children in local schools.


SPRING HILL, Florida – Fellowship Community Church is pleased to announce the publication of their cookbook Recipes from the Heart. Proceeds from the cookbook will go toward funding youth and children’s programs at the church. The youth program, Called To Conquer, will use funds for mission’s trips and projects, while the children’s group, Kidz Ministry will support their Sunday services and Vacation Bible School.

Camp REACH OUT helps children manage grief

Bereavement counselor talks with campers about the challenge they just completed

Over eighty children attended HPH Hospice Camp REACH OUT 2018, on March 2 to March 4, 2018. The children, ages 5 through 18, had all experienced a significant loss during the year.

Grieving children may feel lost and alone and unable to communicate their feelings. Since 1993, Camp REACH OUT has helped children learn coping skills to manage their grief and express their sorrow. Meeting other children their age who have also experienced a loss teaches them they are not alone.