“Off Road” experience on Florida National Scenic Trail


Hikers and Nature Photographers on the FNST at Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area

The Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) guides hikers through portions of Hernando County including the Cypress Lakes Preserve and the Withlacoochee State Forest (Croom). Its newest addition takes hikers through the Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area (CWEA).

Preparations began over a year ago on this section of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST), re-routing trails along the roadway into the wildness type environment within the CWEA, more visually inspiring for hikers.

Church at Heart of Black History


Adon Taft

Any history — including Black history — of what now is the United States must begin with the church and the faith it represents.

When Juan Ponce de Leon planted a cross in Florida soil on Easter Sunday, 1513, and took formal possession of the land around what now is St. Augustine in the name of Ferdinand of Spain, religion lay claim to the history of the region.

Possessing the land for the Spanish sovereign was the same as taking title for the Roman Catholic Church, for the king was the secular head of the church by direct commission of the Pope.

P & Z recommends approval for Njoy Spirits special exception use permit change

By Leslie Stein

Njoy Spirits is a family operated Florida Whiskey distillery on 80 acres in the middle of the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. They purchased their property in 2002 and have had many obstacles in order to produce 3 different award-winning products, all Florida grown. The Wild Buck American Rye Whiskey uses 100% rye whiskey with no artificial flavorings or color. It is aged in custom made charred American oak barrels and allowed to develop in the Florida Climate.

Throwing our hat in the ring

The Hernando Sun competes in the Florida Press Weekly Newspaper Contest for the first time

This time of year, weekly newspapers around the state of Florida are preparing and finalizing their submissions for the Florida Press Association weekly newspaper contest. We have been printing for 3 years and a weekly newspaper for nearly 2 years and it is the first time we are submitting entries for the contest. The contest is for content published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017. While, it would be nice to be recognized by the FPA, it is really just a lot of fun to look back at some of our best work from 2017 and remember how the stories came to be.

Secretary Detzner Designates Brooksville Main Street as Florida Main Street Program of the Month

Secretary of State Ken Detzner today announced that Brooksville Main Street has been designated the Florida Main Street Community of the Month for February 2018. Communities are selected based on their developmental achievements and participation in the Florida Main Street Program.

Valentine Queen Crowned

Peggy Pope has been crowned the 2017-2018 Gamma Xi Master, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Valentine Queen during their Mardi Gras themed Valentine Ball at Southern Hills Plantation.

Peggy has been a resident of Brooksville for the past seven years. She moved from Texas in 2006 after being widowed in 2003. She is the proud mother of one daughter and grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren.

Since moving to Brooksville she has become involved in many different organizations including:

Scouting Spring Gobblers

By Toby Benoit

As I’ve been out and about this last week I’ve noticed that a lot of wild fruit trees are beginning to blossom and the woods are showing signs of color. That means that Spring is officially right around the corner and along with it comes the Spring Gobbler Season. Now, that is something well worth getting excited about!

The Saw Palmetto


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

Two color forms of the native saw palmetto. The silver saw palmetto on the left and the more common green on the right.  Photo by Jim Davis

The Saw Palmetto or Serenoa repens is without a doubt one of the most underutilized of landscape palms. Many homeowners select statuesque palms such as washingtonia palms, Sylvester palms, mule palms and the not so recommended queen palm. Tall palm species such as these can certainly make a statement in the landscape. However, consider adding another layer of palm diversity. The saw palmetto can grow to an average height of about five to six feet. They can grow to ten feet, but it would take a very long time for that to happen.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for BEST Academy

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 the ribbon at BEST Academy in Brooksville was cut. The ceremony signified the charter school becoming part of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. BEST which stands for Brooksville Engineering, Science, and Technology, opened its door in 2013, to middle school aged children right here in Hernando County. Parents and staff have worked together since opening to expand and cement the school's position in the county.