Runners not afraid to get dirty at Mud Endeavor 10

Just under 1000 athletes descended on Wildlife Lane in Brooksville last weekend to participate in the Mud Endeavor 10 5K race.  Runners mostly came from central Florida, but some travelled from as far away as Georgia, to experience the Brooksville mud run which takes advantage of the area’s unique terrain and the property’s access to water- essential for any respectable mud run.  

Hats off to Kentucky Derby Day fundraiser event

Unlike those who braved the rain to watch the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs last Saturday, folks who attended NAMI Hernando's Derby Day event at Chinsegut Hill were blessed with beautiful weather. The purpose was to raise money for the various goals and programs of this grassroots organization.  The many people who planned and supported the fundraiser, as well as the more than 100 people who attended, deemed it a success.

Springstead High School students and staff organizing walk-a-thon, scholarship in memory of teacher

Students and staff members who knew Maria Rybka are working to make her proud and keep her memory alive.

“Maria Rybka was the embodiment of love and care for so many students in Hernando County for many years. She was a teacher and administrator in Hernando for years before she passed away quickly from cancer this past fall,” explains Tori Selby, Springstead Beta Club Sponsor and Social Studies teacher. 

ReUnKnighted: an original Live Oak Production

The Live Oak Theatre Company proudly presents ReUnKnighted- an original musical play written by Hernando County resident, Kyle Marra and other Live Oak members. This family friendly dramatic comedy will be performed April 20 - 22 and April 27- 29 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church; 200 Mt. Fair Avenue, Brooksville. In this medieval misadventure, two bumbling squires who become knights lose their knighthood, then set out on a quest to get it back again resulting in lots of hilarious hijinks along the way.

New vision for Brooksville Blueberry Festival

Last January, Coney Island Drive Inn owner John Lee rallied several local businesses to establish The Brooksville Blueberry Festival.   Following the departure of the Florida Blueberry Festival, Lee was confident that he and members of the community could build a new festival, that he describes as, “very different (from the previous years), with a more Brooksville feel.”    Lee and his crew were able to raise $36,000 from Hernando County donors alone. Lee’s vision for the new festival has taken shape, and its debut will be held on the weekend of April 28 - 29, 2018.

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.

Native American Festival Draws crowds despite rain


Between twenty and twenty-five different tribes participated in the fifth annual Native American Festival celebrated Feb. 3 and 4, 2018. The event was held at Florida Classic Park. Participants traveled from all over the United States, Canada and even from as far away as South America and Mexico.

Paul DeLuna, one of the organizers of the festival, is of Apache heritage and hails from South Texas. He's a skilled artist who uses oil, acrylic and graphite pencil to create his artwork.

Saint Leo University Celebrates MLK Day with Spoken WordArtist

ST. LEO FL ­­– The community is invited to Saint Leo University’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Tuesday, January 16.

The university will celebrate A Day On, Not Off, a spoken word event featuring Oveous, who has earned standing ovations on HBO shows and late night TV. He has won multiple times on “Showtime at the Apollo,” and is a three-time national poetry contest finalist.

Oveous was able to turn his brother’s suicide into a global mission for mental healing and providing an uplifting message for all people through his spoken word performances.