THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 12, 2017......... The final forecast of the 2016-2017 season for Florida's struggling citrus industry shows the orange crop falling 16 percent from the previous season --- which, itself, had been at a five-decades low.

And after a season of severe drought, combined with the continued fight against a deadly citrus disease and the expansion of residential development, the news wasn't any better for grapefruit farming, where production dropped 28 percent from the prior year.

Pigeon racing club draws members from local community, nation and world

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

 Pigeon Transport Trailer

Gulfcoast Homing Club is a local pigeon racing club here in Hernando County.

“We have the largest club in the world,” said Vernon Young, president of the Gulfcoast Homing Club.

Civilizations have utilized homing pigeons for sport, communication and in times of war for centuries. Pigeons can be extremely valuable, some having sold for hundreds of thousand of dollars.

U-Pick Blueberries

It's u-pick blueberry season once again. Several different varieties of blueberries are growing in the fields and Hernando County’s blueberry farms are just bursting with flavor.

U-pick is a fun and educational adventure the whole family will enjoy.

We put together a list of Blueberry U-Pick Farms for you to visit. Please visit their websites for picking days and hours.

Meditation in Motion

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

TaiChi_Tom Dampman, Instructor for TaiChi Classes being offered at Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville, Florida

Check it out: Tai Chi | Meditation in Motion

The City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation offers programs for just about any age. One particular program is Tai Chi.

For the mind, body and soul; Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition. It involves a series of movements at a slow pace as well as balance and deep breathing.

Tom Dampman, Tai Chi instructor, teaches the proper movements which can be beneficial to your health.

According to the Mayo Clinic the benefits of learning Tai Chi may include:

•Decreased stress, anxiety and depression

Transition of Florida

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Historic Hernando Perservation Soickety President Don Moses with Dr. Steve Noll (right). Photo by Alice Mary Herden

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society guest speaker Steve Noll, Ph.D. University of Florida held a lecture at City Hall Thursday night. The guest speaker teaches the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the History of Disability in America, and Florida History at University of Florida. He has published three books: Feeble-Minded in our Midst, Mental Retardation in America, and Ditch of Dreams: The Cross-Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida’s Future.

Cannery- No tin about it.

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Kathi Comandi is the Cannery Operator for Little Rock Cannery. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Cannery- No tin about it.

Canning food for preservation has its roots during the first years of the Napoleonic Wars, when the French government offered a large reward of 12,000 francs to anyone who could create an inexpensive and reliable way to preserve large quantities of food in order to support the vast armies.

MLB Legends visit Brooksville

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Butch Benton former MLB player for the New York Mets talks with the kids during the Legends for Youth Clinic at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville Sunday afternoon. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

MLB Legends visit Brooksville

On Sunday young boys and girls put on their "broken-in" gloves, wore their favorite MLB team shirts and waited to step on the field with former Major League Baseball players.

Walking along the fence of Tom Varn Park baseball field here in Brooksville, conversations of baseball techniques, games and plays filled the air.

Since 2006 the City of Brooksville Park and Recreation Department along with Hernando County Mining Association, has offered this free event at Tom Varn Park. In 2008, CEMEX took over the sponsorship.

From the Sea to the Springs

Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Joe Pete and George Selee

WEEKI WACHEE- Henry E. Gadreault and George C. Selee are just two of many, many Veterans that served to protect our country, but their service was not on land, not on air and not above water, but below in the depths of the sea, in a submarine.

“We dive an experimental submarine, we went to four thousand feet. No other sub has done that,” Gadreault said.