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1. This year will see the return of the famed Tangerine Drop on New Year’s Eve. It was a wonderful custom that had received national attention and only was abandoned in 2009. A 200-pound tangerine was dropped 40 feet at midnight. 2. The day to day leaders of our local branches of government lead a tenuous existence. At anytime,

a majority of the elected officials who oversee them can vote for their termination. In 2018, the Superintendent of Schools Lori Romano was fired. In 2017, it was Brooksville City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha whose contract was not renewed. We are predicting that 2019 we will not see any of the leaders of the County, City, or School System replaced.

TOBY BENOIT Women on the 12 hunt

Arrival of the So. Ca. Dragoons at the Withlacoochee; South Carolina soldiers along the Withlacoochee River during the 2nd Seminole War, with some on horseback in river by ruins of bridge. The State Library and Archives of Florida cites as “Lithographs of events in the Seminole War in Florida in 1835. Issued by T.F. Gray and James of Charleston, S.C., in 1837.” by ROCCO MAGLIO Hernando Sun Writer

The Second Seminole War was very important to the United States as it opened up a large part of Florida for settlement. The U.S. Army recorded 1,466 deaths in the Second Seminole War, mostly from disease. It was the costliest American Indian War in United States history costing more than $30 million. The first part of the Second Seminole War was largely fought in the area around Hernando County. This was because the spoil islands of the Withlacoochee

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known as the Cove of the Withlacoochee and the surrounding area was the home to thousands of Seminoles. It was thought that river, swamps, islands, and forbidding terrain would protect the tribes from the soldiers. The area where the Seminoles lived was known as the Cove of the Withlacoochee which is now called Tsala Apopka Lake. It is actually a chain of lakes located within a bend in the Withlacoochee River in Citrus County. The Second Seminole started with a bang. On December 28, 1835 the Seminoles attacked on two fronts: a band of Seminoles

led by Osceola killed the Indian agent General Wiley Thompson and several others as they stepped outside Fort King in present day Ocala. Then another group of Seminoles ambushed and massacred Major Francis L. Dade and 107 US soldiers marching from Fort Brooke (present day Tampa) to Fort King (present day Ocala). Just three members of Dade’s party survived the attack, the soldier’s guide Louis Pacheco and two soldiers: Private Ransom Clark and Private Joseph Sprague. This ambush became known as the Dade Massacre. Three days after the Dade

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ARTICLE & PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALICE MARY HERDEN

“In ‘pine barrens’ most of the day. Low, level, sandy tracts; the pines wide apart; the sunny spaces between full of beautiful abounding grasses, liatris, long, wand-like solidago (goldenrod), saw palmettos, etc., covering the ground in garden style. Here I sauntered in delightful freedom, meeting none of the catclawed vines, or shrubs, of the alluvial bottoms.” -Naturalist John Muir The longleaf pine is known as the legendary southern yellow pine. The longleaf pine once covered over several million acres of the southeastern United States Coastal Plain, but 200 years of logging and land clearing substantially reduced its range. The USDA states that longleaf pines once covered 90 million acres in North America and by 2010 distribution had been reduced to 3.4 million acres. As the longleaf pine takes up to 150 years to become full size and may live up to 300 years old, reforestation methods are helping to revive longleaf pines. In 1904, Colonel Raymond Robins purchased a little over 2000 acres in Brooksville, which today is called Chinsegut and included 445 acres of old-growth longleaf pine. (http://myfwc.com/ chinsegut) This pristine place is called Big Pine and is managed by Matt Koenig, a Wildlife Biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. See PINES Page 7

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Former NCT running back Matt Breida ends season just short of 1,000 yards by ANDY VILLAMARZO Hernando Sun Sports Writer

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In today’s National Football League, it’s no easy task running for over 1,000 yards in a regular season. It’s a whole other animal when not many expected you to even come close. That was the case for former Nature Coast running back Matt Breida, who is currently the starting tailback for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. The only problem for Breida at this point in the NFL campaign is he will fall just short of getting to the sacred mark of 1,000 yards

rushing for the season. The second-year running back suffered an ankle injury in the 49ers’ recent 14-9 loss to the Chicago Bears and will unlikely play in San Francisco’s season finale when they face the Los Angeles Rams on the road. It’s a tough break for Breida, who was at 814 yards rushing on the season, and was a long shot to reach 1,000 yards. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news on Breida’s injury via Twitter and it ends a very successful second season for the former Georgia Southern product. Breida was able to total between rushing

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Former Nature Coast running back Matt Breida during the San Francisco 49ers’ organized team activity at their training facility in Santa Clara, Calif. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu


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County commission meeting run down PUBLIC HEARINGS PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR/COUNTY ENGINEER SCOTT HERRING Ordinance Creating Hurricane Drive Road Paving Municipal Service Benefit Unit Pursuant to FL statute 125.01 and 197.36(32), an application was received for the creation of an Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) to pave Hurricane Drive. Herring reported that the received votes do meet the minimum requirement per Policy 16.1, which is 51% of affected property owners’ signatures. The full cost of the project is estimated at $315,854. Projected construction cost is $279,176. The county’s one-third share for construction is $93,059, and the cost for residents is $222,795. Property owners have the option of paying a onetime up-front assessment fee, or over a ten-year period at a rate of 5 percent. The up-front assessment fee will be $5,570, and the annual fee will be $851 per unit. A second public hearing will be held after the completion of the project to adopt a resolution setting the final budget and assessment rate. No residents appeared for comment, and the Ordinance passed unanimously via a roll-call vote. Ordinance Creating Johnathan Drive Road Paving Municipal Service Benefit Unit 87 percent of property owners signed to approve in accordance with Policy 16.1 to pave Johnathan Drive. Full cost of the project is estimated at $56,353, with construction costs of $46,740. The county’s one-third share is estimated at $15,585, leaving $40,773 to be assessed to property owners. Property owners have the option of paying a onetime up-front assessment fee will be $2,913, and the annual fee will be $580 per unit. No residents appeared for comment, and the Ordinance passed unanimously via a roll-call vote. Ordinance Creating Michigan Avenue Road Paving Municipal Service Benefit Unit 57 percent of property owners signed to approve in accordance with Policy 16.1 to pave Johnathan Drive. Full cost of the project is estimated at $250,783, with construction costs of $220,929. The county’s one-third share is estimated at $73,643, leaving $177,140 to be assessed to property owners. Property owners have the option of paying a onetime up-front assessment fee will be $3,543, and the annual fee will be $551 per unit. Michigan Avenue resident Andi Haye spoke in opposition of the paving, concerned that it will increase traffic on Michigan Avenue. Haye stated she is also concerned about

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Dec. 11, 2018 meeting: Part 3 by LISA MACNEIL Hernando Sun Writer the environmental impact Holcomb added after Lee has twice repaired his of increased heat being the vote that if there is a driveway after it cracked generated from a black top problem with speeding, following the washing road. that any Commissioner or away of supporting roadJoel May, a resident the Sheriff’s Office can be way after heavy rains. since 1989 said, “This is a contacted directly. The ordinance passed rural neighborhood. The Ordinance Creating unanimously via a roll-call character of the neighborPheasant Area Road vote. hood calls for lime rock. Paving Municipal Service We don’t need that road Benefit Unit SOLID WASTE SERpaved.” May added that This ordinance includes VICES MANAGER some residents in the area Pheasant Avenue, Masked SCOTT HARPER are already having trouble Duck Lane, Limpkin Road, 12. Ordinance Imposing paying their property taxes. Poorwill Avenue, Petrel Interim Southwest Her“You’re going to double Avenue and Flock Avenue nando Refuse Collection their taxes, you’re going from Marsten Road to Non-Ad Valorem Collecto make people lose their Cockatoo Avenue tion Assessments houses.” 54 percent of affected This ordinance is to May also added that new property owners signed collect residents to the neighborto approve in accordance 13. Resolution Adopting hood deciding the road with Policy 16.1. The Uniform Method for Levy, should be paved “just isn’t boundaries consist of Collection, and Enforceright. Why move into a 161 parcels abutting the ment of Interim Southwest neighborhood with lime roads. The preliminary Hernando Refuse Colrock roads if you don’t budget is based on an lection Non-Ad Valorem want lime rock roads?” equal per-lot assessment, Assessment Amanda Ellis moved to with corner lots paying Michigan Avenue almost half-assessments for each COUNTY ADMINIStwo years ago told the unimproved road. Full cost TRATOR/ECONOMIC board that she just applied of the project is estimated DEVELOPMENT DIRECfor Homestead Exemption, at $783,032, with construc- TOR LEONARD SOSand the passage of this tion costs of $662,744 The SAMON ordinance will have no net county’s one-third share 1. Job Creation Incenreduction in her property is estimated at $220,915, tives Agreement and Pertaxes. Ellis also said that leaving $517,117 to be as- mit/Impact Fee Mitigation speeding on Michigan is sessed to property owners. Agreement With Jaguar expected to worsen with Property owners have Coffee the paving of the road. the option of paying a oneValerie Pianta with the Charles Greenwell spoke time up-front assessment Office of Economic Develto the board regarding fee will be $2,930, and the opment introduced the pro“The way (staff) counts annual fee will be $431 per posed agreement in which the votes and the way they unit. Jaguar Coffee, which seeks figure the percentages. We Commissioner Allocco expansion. used to be able to see the asked Herring to expound A local company located total number of people on the methodology in on Linden Drive in Spring who lived in the area that determining proponents Hill, Jaguar employs 18 were being affected, and since the roads planned are local residents and prowe would get a count of incongruent. MSBU Covides commercial espresso how many actually voted ordinator Brian Bickhardt machines and coffee roastor responded to the poll said that originally there ers both in various Florida ... the people who did not was a single applicant who markets as well as other respond who, in many cas- he believes reached out states. They have machines es are opposed to it don’t on Facebook to the Royal in Starbucks, Target and understand that they have Highlands area and asked several large hotels. Jaguar to vote one way or the for people to join in the also has coffee available to other to be counted. So, application process. local markets. the 57 percent that you’re Frederick DeLoach of President Don Etchison hearing, I wonder if that is Pheasant Avenue said, plans to expand to a 10,000 of the people who respond- “Unfortunately we were square foot location on ed, or is that 57% of the like to back when we Technology Drive, as well people who live on this bought the property (12 as hire twelve additional road?” Greenwell went on years ago), because we employees. Pianta reported to say that there could be said ‘When are the roads that Jaguar is eligible for property owners that are going to be paved?’ and job creation incentives and unaware that this project they said ‘Within the next impact fee and building is even being considered, three years’. DeLoach permit fee mitigation, as but still be required to pay, asked the board, “When average salaries are 115% and thinks the procedure we built our house in 2005, of Hernando county’s should be reviewed. we had to pay impact average wage. Etchison Chairman Steve Chamfees. I understood then plans to invest $1-million pion drew a comparison impact fees were to pay for this expansion. to voters in elections, as for roads,sewer, water … The expansion is expectwhen only 30% of voters Since we paid, shouldn’t it ed to be complete at the vote, the majority vote is come out of that, instead of end of 2019, with incencounted among those who having to pay again?” tive payments beginning voted, not among the total Jon Jouben answered in 2020, and completing population of voters. DeLoach’s question, “You in 2026. The estimated Commissioner Wayne can’t use impact fees for a amounts are $36,000 for Dukes commented that this road-paving purpose. This the job creation and anothsubject comes up occais a constitutional gas tax er $16,249 for the impact sionally, where people who fund, and this is where the fee and building permit fee like dirt roads maintain (Florida) statute says the mitigation. that they shouldn’t have money has to come from.” Also included in the to pay to live on a paved Jouben explained further agreement is a standard road. “Unfortunately (the that impact fees are applied land lease for 1.36 acres BOCC) has an obligation throughout the county for with two 10-year renewals. to the county … that is roads, and this is a specific The board approved called ‘progress … you do segment. unanimously. the best we can, and that is Commissioner Holcomb Following the vote, why we do it by vote.’”. gave further examples of Commissioner John AllocCommissioner John Alwhere impact fee funds co said, “I just want this locco agreed with Greengo, such as traffic lights board to start paying attenwell’s comment, and said and existing intersection tion to where (the county) that he would like to see expansion. is going to be as far as all more complete numbers Mark Lee of Flock of these incentives. We’re again, including the total Avenue spoke to the safety getting to the point where population of affected of a paved road versus obviously, there isn’t homeowners. Allocco the limerock road. Lee going to be the funding went on to say that at this had personal experience (available), and we have to time, the ordinance meets with “fishtailing” of his decide as a board -- is this all the current rules in vehicle when he would what we intend to continue place. speed around corners in his doing.” The ordinance passed youth. unanimously via a roll-call Lee also believes the vote. paved road will save Commissioner Jeff property owners money.

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change our prediction we are doubling down. Over the past couple of years we have seen a number of new stores open their doors in Hernando. We are 3. There are several developments predicting that one of the following in the planning stages including Milkretailers will make plans to open in a-Way Farms and Spring Center. We Hernando County: Costco, Trader Joe’s, predict that one of these will break and Whole Foods. The reason for this ground in the coming year. In addition prediction is that we see these stores exwe predict that a new development will panding their presence in the near future be approved by the county. and we would love to have them. Costco is expanding out from the Tampa area 4. The last couple of years have seen with their new store in Wesley Chapel/ large amounts of precipitation in HerLutz. Aldi’s which is a cousin store to nando. Irma caused extensive flooding. Trader Joe’s recently opened in HernanThis year the Mondon Hill area saw do County. Whole Foods was recently extensive flooding, with a portion of purchased by Amazon and this may lead WPA Road being completely underwater to an expansion. for several weeks. Many of the areas ponds and lakes are at their highest level 6. This year saw an increase in build in decades. We predict that next year permits for single family homes. Permit will start the process of drying out with totals have been rising steadily since their being less rainfall than there was 2009, but are still below the levels of this year. the early 2000s. We predict that next year will see a rise in building permits. 5. We predicted this last year and it did not come to pass, so rather than from page 1


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Garden Center entrance with no merchandise in his possession, walk to the rear of the store in electronics, select 3 Samsung televisions off the shelf and place them in a cart. The suspect was observed to be wearing a hat, green shirt, Hernando County Fine Arts Council Commublue “spider man” jacket nications Committee Justin was issued a court with gray sleeves, white meeting will be held: HOWIE, JUSTIN ALEXANdate of 01/16/2019 at 0900 basketball style gym shorts 4:30 p.m., Monday, JanuDER hours in Courtroom “C”. with a black stripe on the ary 7, 2019 Justin is being held on a side, and black slides with Community Room, Capital YOB: 1987 CHARGES: DRIVING UNDER bond totaling $1,000.00. no socks. The suspect City Bank THE INFLUENCE Justin was issued a DUI was observed exiting the 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Arrested at: 12/21/2018 citation (1281XBC). store through the Garden Spring Hill, FL 34609 A traffic transmittal form Center passing all points The purpose of this meet- 00:38 CAMBRIA RD & ing is to discuss details CANDY DR, BROOKSVILLE, was completed and turned of sale without paying for relating to consistency in FL, 34604 over to jail staff along with the items. Once the suspect branding of communicaArrest Summary: On these citations. was outside on the sidetions from the Arts Coun12/21/2018 I responded walk, David stopped the cil, issuance of media to a traffic stop which was “I didn’t steal anything suspect, announced that he releases, and updating today.” worked for Walmart Asset the Arts Council’s website conducted by Deputy O.L. in the area of Candy Drive Protection and the suspect and social media sites. and Cambria Drive, for left on foot, entered a red a vehicle which failed to Nissan Frontier bearing Hernadno County School District Meetings come to a complete stop at Florida tag 5260BZ, and left Jan. 8, 2019 a stop sign. the parking lot. 11AM- Informal Upon arrival contact was It should be noted, the 2PM- Workshop made with the driver, Justin suspect is a suspect in case 6PM- Regular Howie, whose identity number 2018-39926 where District Office-Board was verified by his Florida the suspect removed 3 Room driver’s license. Justin was televisions from the same 919 North Broad Street observed to have blood Walmart. A photo pack was Brooksville, FL 34601 shot watery eyes, slurred PACHECO, JONATHAN shown to David on today’s City of Brooksville speech, and an odor of ALFRED date, and David identified Beautification Board alcohol emitting from his YOB: 1981 the suspect, Jonathan PaTues, Jan. 08, 2019, breath while speaking to CHARGES: RETAIL THEFT checo, as the suspect who 5:30PM me. (SHOPLIFTING) committed the crime on Location 201 HOWELL Justin was further observed Arrested at: 12/21/2018 12/18/2018. AVENUE, BROOKSto have unstable balance 13:53 4521 HIGATE RD, I responded to the susVILLE, FL - JOSEPH E. SPRING HILL, FL, 34609 pect’s last known address. JOHNSTON, III COUNCIL and being unsteady on his feet. Justin was asked Arrest Summary: On In the driveway in front of CHAMBERS to perform field sobriety 12212018, I responded the residence was a red Contact City Clerk 352540-3810 exercises in attempt to to Walmart located at Nissan Frontier bearing dispel my alarm of his 13300 Cortez Boulevard, Florida tag 5260BZ. When Board of County Comimpairment, to which he Brooksville in response to the suspect opened his missioners refused. I then explained a retail theft. Upon arrival, front door to the residence, Workshop to Justin that if he refused contact was made with I immediately identified 1/11/2019 9:00 AM that I would have to make Walmart Asset Protection him as the suspect from the Government Center a decision based on what I employee David Pettigrew. theft. John Law Ayers Room already observed, to which David stated he observed The suspect was wearing 20 N. Main Street he continued to refuse. a Hispanic male from a the same green shirt and Brooksville, FL 34601 Justin was then subseprior theft on 12/18/2018 white basketball style HC Planning and Zoning quently placed under arrest (case #39926) back inside shorts with a black stripe. Commission for driving under the influ- the store and selecting 3 At that time, the suspect Regular Meeting ence, and was transported televisions. The subject was placed into handcuffs. 1/14/2019 9:00 AM to the Hernando County then made his way towards Miranda warnings were not Government Center Jail where he was turned the Garden Center, crossed read due to no questions John Law Ayers Room over to Jail staff. During the all points of sale and makbeing asked about either 20 N. Main Street 20 minute observational ing no attempt to pay for case. The suspect asked Brooksville, FL 34601 period, I continued to try the televisions, and exited what was happening. I exBROOKSVILLE to explain to Justin that he through the Garden Center plained to the suspect why I HOUSING AUTHORITY was under arrest for Driving gate. David approached was at his residence, at that Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Under the Influence, howhim, identified himself time the suspect stated “I 5:00PM - 6:00PM ever, he didn’t understand. and explained why he didn’t steal anything today.” Location 201 Howell Av, Furthermore, I attempted was being stopped. David I explained to the suspect Brooksville Florida to explain to Justin that he stated the subject left the we had video surveillance Contact Ferrell B. Jenne, of today’s occurrence and Lead Plan Administrator P. would have an opportunity televisions, and fled from to provide two samples Walmart getting into a a positive identification on 239.333. 4872 of breath to which he red Nissan Frontier pickup the previous occurrence. Board of County Comstated that I did not have truck, bearing Florida tag The suspect was placed missioners a “Federal court order” to 5260BZ. The total value in the rear of my agency Regular Meeting request a breath test from of the televisions were issued patrol vehicle and 1/15/2019 9:00 AM him. Implied consent for $447.00. David completed transported to the HernanGovernment Center DUI in a Motor vehicle was a written statement. do County Jail. John Law Ayers Room read to Justin, per the DUI While reviewing video While in route to the jail, 20 N. Main Street investigation packet, to surveillance, I observed the suspect spontaneously Brooksville, FL 34601 which he stated he was not the suspect, later identiuttered “I had to take care signing anything without fied as Jonathan Pacheco, of my kid. I needed money his lawyer present. Once enter Walmart through the to get food for her. It’s hard to get a job here being a felon.” SUBSCRIBE TO HERNANDO SUN! 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custody. The defendant was then transported to the Hernando County Jail where she was held on a $2,000 bond. The defendant was provided a court date of 01/16/2019 at the Hernando County Courthouse in court room E at 0830 hours. “I own this land, you can check me out”

SIZEMORE, ROGER EDDIE YOB: 1978 CHARGES: BATTERY ON LEO/OTHER OFFICER, RESIST OFFICER WITH VIOLENCE, CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, POSS OF AMMO BY A CONVICTED FELON, CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPON, TRESPASS OTHER THAN STRUCTURE OR CONVEYANCE Arrested at: 12/22/2018 17:26 2495 BROAD ST, BROOKSVILLE, FL, 34604 Arrest Summary: On 12/22/2018 Deputy A.M. was dispatched to the Brooksville Regional Airport located at 2495 Broad St in reference to a trespasser. Upon arrival Deputy A.M. made contact with the defendant Roger Sizemore, who was located on runway 3-21 (Area secured by fence and signs). Deputy A.M. gave the defendant verbal commands to get on the ground, at which time the defendant refused by stating “I own this land, you can check me out”. The defendant then began to walk away. That’s when Deputy A.M. gave additional commands to stop. The defendant turned around and approached Deputy A.M. in an aggressive manner as he clinched his fist. Deputy A.M. deployed his PR 24 in the carrying position and gave the commands for the defendant to get back. The defendant then turned and walked away again. At this time Deputy A.M. ran up and tackled the defendant from behind in attempts to get control of him. The defendant began to fight with Deputy A.M. (due to his excited state, Deputy A.M. was unable to explain exactly what took place during the fight). The defendant was able to position himself on top of Deputy A.M. and that’s when he proceeded to eye gouge Deputy A.M. with his thumb in Deputy A.M.’s right eye. This knocked Deputy A.M.’s Oakley Prescription eye glasses off his face breaking them. Deputy A.M. continued to wrestle with the defendant has he attempted to gain control. Deputy A.M. was eventually able to reposition himself on top of the defendant. Deputy A.M. was able to maintain this position until back up units arrived and the defendant was secured in handcuffs. A search of the defendant’s backpacks revealed concealed black brass knuckles and a Winchester 20 gauge shotgun shell. A check of the defendant’s criminal history showed that on 8/9/2013 he was convicted of a felony. Following the altercation both Deputy A.M. and the defendant were transported to Bayfront Health Brooksvillle for non-life threatening injuries sustained during the altercation. Once medically cleared, the defendant was transported to the Hernando County Jail where he is held on a $23,500.00 bond. It should be noted the incident was reported by Michael McDowell who works in the flight tower.

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criminal mischief. Upon arrival, contact was made with complainant, Jacquan Titus. Jacquan advised the defendant, Mariah Cornwall, arrived at his residence trying to speak with his girlfriend who wasn’t home at the time. Jacquan was sleeping when she arrived and it took him a few minutes to answer the door. He looked out of his bedroom window on the front of the residence and observed the defendant. When he finally made it to the door he walked outside and heard the defendant who appeared to be on the phone. He heard the defendant say “oh she’s not going to answer, I’ve got something for her.” Jacquan then heard what appeared to be a loud screech which resembled the sound of somebody scratching a key across the paint of a car. Jacquan walked around the corner to where his girlfriend’s car was parked in front of the garage and observed the defendant rushing away from the back passenger’s side of his girlfriend’s 2016 Kia Forte. He then noticed the hood of the vehicle and all the way down the passenger’s side of the vehicle had a deep scratch in the paint. He then approached the defendant about this who was observed to have a smirk on her face. They then “exchanged words” and she left the area and contacted law enforcement due to being approached by Jacquan. Contact was made with the defendant a block away in which she advised she had been in an argument with Jacquan. She went on to say she arrived at the residence trying to pick up an item that she had let the victim, Erin Mitchell, borrow at an earlier date. The defendant providing a statement advising she arrived at 2109 hours, although she told the victim through text she was at her residence at 2102 hours. She arrived to the residence to find Erin was not home (Erin told her through text). The defendant then walked back to the vehicle and was approached by Jacquan for an unknown reason. The defendant then contacted law enforcement due to Jacquan being aggressive towards her (due to him hearing her damage the vehicle. Let it be known the defendant was later found to be texting derogatory text messages towards the victim just prior to this offense. These included the defendant calling the victim a “scary hoe” and “dirty hoe.” Then followed by two smile emoji’s a short time later. During the time of the investigation the weather was very poor, strong gusts of wind accompanied by strong and sudden downpours throughout the investigation. It was raining in certain areas while your affiant was en route to this call. Upon arrival I observed Erin’s Kia Forte to have a long deep scratch mark along the entire passenger side and over the hood. This appeared consistent with a solid sharp object scraping along it. When observing more thoroughly, the scratch appeared to have residual loose shavings of paint along it, this was consistent with the damage being freshly done. Let it be known there is tension between the victim and the defendant and has been for approximately a month. Both subjects also work together at Youth and Family Alternatives. Due to the evidence provided, probable cause was established in which the defendant was taken into

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On 12-29-18 at 6:38 p.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an Agency Assist at the Florida Highway Patrol substation located at 17028 Ayers Road, in Brooksville. Roberto Rivera-Santiago, H/M DOB/09-26-1974, a suspect in the 12-27-18 shooting at Mermaids Lounge, 4658 Commercial Way, in Spring Hill, had turned himself in to Troopers on an active Hernando County warrant for Attempted Murder and a Domestic Injunction Violation. Santiago was transported to the Hernando County Detention Center where he’s being detained in lieu of a $250,000 bond for the Attempted Murder charge and No Bond status on the Domestic Injunction Violation.


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Dec. 11, 2018 Hernando County School Board meeting run down Adoption of Consent Agenda Guadagnino asked for two items to be removed from the consent agenda. Board attorney Denis Alfonso clarified Consent Agenda #30, stating it was not a new bid, but a renewal. Duval requested five items to be moved from the consent agenda and Mr. Guadagnino asked for two items to be removed. Prescott made the motion to approve the items remaining on the consent agenda. Hatch seconded the motion. It passed 5-0. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS Personnel Recommendations 1. 3477 : Approval of Personnel Recommendations All Other Academic Services Division Agenda Items 2. 3433 has been moved to ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR ACTION 3. 3445 : Approval of WWHS Chorus Trip to Six Flags Over GA Choral Performance, Atlanta, GA, May 4. 3486 : Approve the Collegiate High School Program Contract Between Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) and the Hernando County School District (HCSD) 5. 3493 has been moved to ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR ACTION All Other Business Services Division Agenda Items 6. 3399 : Approval to Accept the Audit of the Education Foundation for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2018 7. 3400 has been moved to ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR ACTION 8. 3453 : Approve Deposit Account Resolution and New Signature Cards and Authorize the Execution of the Resolution and Signature Cards by the Board Chairperson and the Superintendent and Update Authorized Signers on Three (3) SunTrust Bank Accounts. 9. 3454 : Approve Deposit Account Resolution and Signature Card and Authorize the Execution of the Resolution and Signature Card by the Board 10. 3455 : Approve Disclosure Statement and Account Maintenance Form and Authorize the Execution of the Disclosure Statement and Account Maintenance Form by the Board Chairperson and the Superintendent on the Florida Prime Bank Account. 11. 3456 : Approve Corporate and Un-Incorporated Organization Resolution on the Renaissance Endowment with SunTrust Investment Securities, Inc. 12. 3457 : Approve Authorized Signers Form and Signatory Public Agency Addendum and Authorize Execution of the Approved Signers Form and Addendum by the Board Chairperson and the Superintendent on the Florida Education Investment Trust Fund Bank Account. All Other Communications & Government Relations Agenda Items 13. 3446 : Approval of the 2018-19 Legislative Platform and Priorities All Other Support Operations Division Agenda Items 14. 3444 : Accept Final Close Out Documents and Final Payment to the Contractor Reno Building, LLC, in the Amount of $39,543.73 for West Hernando Middle School Gymnasium Improvements 15. 3469 : Approval to Remove Condemned Portable #L50 Located at Eastside Elementary School from the Florida Inventory of School Houses (FISH) Inventory Report 16. 3483 : Approve the Spot Survey for the Educational Plant Five Year Survey Report for Westside Elementary School Building 4 Roof 17. 3485 has been moved to ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR ACTION All Other Purchase Order/Bid Agenda Items 18. 3422 : Approve the Issuance of an Additional Purchase Order in the Amount of $72,000.00 to CareerStaff Unlimited, Inc. to Provide Contract Services as Set-Forth in the Service Agreement for 2018-2019 that was Board Approved on May 8, 2018 19. 3432 : Approve the Purchase of Online Digital Curriculum, Practice Test, and Certification Exams from Certiport Inc. and Issuance of Purchase Orders on an as Needed Basis for an Estimated $1995.00 20. 3438 : Approve the Piggybacking of the School District of Broward County Bid #19-050B Appliance, Commercial Equipment, and Parts (Catalog) and Authorize the Purchase of Goods for an Estimated Annual Expenditure of $48,000.00 21. 3460 : Approval to Award Bid No. 19-936-12 Generator Equipment: On- Site Repairs & Preventive Maintenance Services to Paramount Power, Inc and Authorize Expenditures on an As-Needed Basis for an Estimated Annual Amount of $52,000.00. 22. 3461 : Approve the Terms & Conditions and Authorize the Purchase of Services from Performance Matters, Inc., for an Annual Amount of $149,487.19. 23. 3462 has been moved to ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR ACTION 24. 3463 has been moved to ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR ACTION 25. 3465 : Approve the Purchase of Cloud9World Social Emotional Literacy Series from Destination Knowledge and Approve an Additional Purchase Order to Destination Knowledge for $15,067.50. 26. 3468 has been moved to ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR ACTION 27. 3471 : Award Bid No. 19-515-10, Lawn Maintenance Equipment, Parts & Accessories from Multiple Vendors for an Estimated Amount of $35,000 28. 3472 : Approve Renewing Bid No. 15-95810 RN Waste Removal Services, to Progressive Waste Solutions and Authorize Expenditures on an as Needed Basis for an Estimated Annual Amount of $375,000. 29. 3473 : Approve Piggybacking School Board of Alachua County, Florida Bid No. IFB 18-13 for HVAC-R Equipment, Parts & Supplies, Awarded to Johnstone Supply (V-31557) and Approve the Contract and the Purchase of the Goods and Services for an Estimated Annual Amount of $60,000.00 30. 3474 : Approve Renewing Bid No. 18-55624 RN, Charter Bus Services – as Needed, to Various Vendors for Charter Bus Service and Authorize the Purchase of Services for Estimated Annual of $180,000 31. 3479 : Approve the Final Payment of the Contract with Alarm & Communication Systems, Inc. for the Springstead High School Fire Alarm Replacement Project in the Amount of $64,254.00 32. 3481 : Approve the Final Payment of the Contract with Alarm & Communication Systems, Inc. for the Central High School Fire Alarm Replacement Project in the Amount of $43,148.00 33. 3482 : Approve the Amended Collaborative Agreement Between the Hernando County School Board and Premier Community Health Group, Inc. to Provide Services to Students and Families at Moton Elementary School and an Issuance of a Purchase Order in the Amount of $300,000.00. 34. 3484 : Approve the Agreement and Authorize the Purchase of Goods and Services from PCM for an Estimated Annual Cost of $ 144,325.00. 35. 3491 : Approve the Purchase of Online Courses for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Program from Edgenuity for $70,400.00. 36. 3494 : Approve the Purchase of Goods And/ Or Services from Curriculum Associates and Issuance of a Purchase Order to Curriculum Associates for an Estimated Amount of $80,000. See CONSENT AGENDA, Page 6

Notes & Articles from the Dec. 11, 2018 Regular School Board meeting- Part 2 By Kathryn Dentato

Recurring theme during citizen comments: ‘We are worth it.’ Citizen Input (General Topics) HCSD Regular School Board Meeting Dec. 11, 2018

Ruth Owen – As a certified school counselor, she expressed concern over the number of open positions, the shortage of interns, and the increasing complexity of work they do. Owen referred to the mental health needs of students as discussed by Ms. Patel, and the amount of work they are assigned, including the registration and enrollment of students in the PHSC Dual Enrollment program, as discussed by Schlum-Hughes. Counselors do not qualify for bonuses, for recognition, or paid a supplement, Owen said. She stated her hope that the board would find a way to encourage interns to come to Hernando County. Owen’s position was posted when she became coordinator of the Cambridge AICE program. There was one applicant who met the requirements for the position. He did not accept the position because of the salary and workload. Owen would like to see programs that would help instructional staff and others earn the master’s degree required for the position. Certified school counselors are the only instructional staff required to have a master’s degree, she said. Surrounded by other high school counselors, Owen said, “It’s time to do things like this again, to ensure that qualified counselors want to come to Hernando County to serve our students. Our students deserve it.”

hind all the others is wages. When budgets were tightened, teachers kept their jobs, but received no pay increases. They understood that schools needed to remain open. Without the half-cent sales tax, teachers were at risk of losing pay or positions to keep the buildings functional. “It’s amazing how we were the first to be offered as sacrifices,” Champagne said. The Half-Cent sales tax has provided funding for the facilities, but teachers continue to feel the effect of the flat wage.

load, since dividing them by grade or alphabet does not solve the problem of student to counselor ratio. Dual Enrollment registration alone takes a lot of time, but over the last five years guidance counselors have also been given additional tasks, such as participate committee or MTSS meetings, Prokop said. They must change grades once students complete the Edgenuity credit recovery courses or record minutes in parent-teacher conferences. “We are being asked to do much more with much less,” she said, referCheryl Paradis – Springs ring to the district decision Coast Environmental Educa- to reduce the number of tion Center sits on 23 acres guidance counselors. owned by SWFWMD. The Guidance counselors take property and the building are time from their families to leased to the school district, meet students’ needs and at no cost. As a Teacher on because of the additional Special Assignment, Paradis tasks they are assigned. is one of two paid staff. However, counselors do not Paradis explained the imreceive recognition or bonusportance of the opportunities es because students are not that Hernando County stu“attached” to them as they dents have been provided. All are to instructional personnel. students in grades 2, 4, 5, and Guidance counselors still 6 can take part in field trips to have responsibility for those the EEC at no cost, through a “unattached” students’ gradugrant from SWFWMD. Last ation or enrollment. year, more than 600 students The need for guidance visited the EEC. counselors will increase, The field trips range in Prokop said, as good scope from nature walks counselors are becoming to water quality studies. discouraged. Experienced Pre- and post-testing shows counselors, who were already that students increase their being challenged by a heavy knowledge by up to 55% on workload, are now trying to the topics they study. Paradis manage an overwhelming praised the many volunteers one. who help at the center. They want to return to the Paradis invited board reason they became guidance members to visit the EEC counselors, to help students during a field trip so they can determine goals and careers Vince LaBorante – As see the impact of the field and give them tools to be sucpresident of the Hernando trips on the students. She stat- cessful, and they need time in County Teacher’s Associaed she plans to return through their days to do that. tion (HCTA), LaBorante is She offered the following concerned with the number of the remainder of the year to solutions: open teaching positions (40+) update the board. - Additional guidance as of 12/16/18. Long-term Daniel Fierro – Fierro counselor positions substitute teachers may fill a - Giving recognition as need, but they do not have the stated he spends hours outside the classroom in grading, critical shortage qualifications students need. entering data, changing - Prioritizing responsiThis has negative effects on bilities to be more student approximately 1,000 students lesson plans, etc. because of district initiatives. Those focused and the county in multiple things keep him from quality areas, he said, putting the time with his family. Susan Pribil – Pribil students at risk of failing. Teachers give. They stated that the work required LaBorante stated that purchase supplies for the of teachers has increased in teacher salaries are one reathe last five years, more than son that qualified teachers are classroom, give of their time, assist others. Because in any of her 34 years as a not applying. Initial salaries they are among the first to teacher in the district. She are acceptable, but he said give to others, Fierro said, listed some of the many tasks that salary increases do not she is required to complete keep pace with other sectors. “Please, do not make us last to receive.” during her one-hour daily Between the third and fifth Fierro shared these statisplanning period that are years of teaching, teachers tics from the time between classroom-related tasks and evaluate their career choice. 2009-2010 and 2016-2017: district mandated tasks. One “The more that we stag128 instructional positions planning period per week is nate our teachers’ salaries,” – lost used for required meetings. LaBorante said, “The more 36 non-instructional posiPribil said teachers are we risk losing dedicated, tions – lost required to complete multiple qualified teachers that love 14 instructional support forms documentation about the profession, love working accommodations, remediawith kids, but decide to leave positions – lost tion, and disciplinary issues. in order to economically sur- 51 educational support The district requires redunvive. Let us show our teachers positions – lost dancy in some areas such as that they are monetarily wor- 800 students (approximately) – enrolled attendance record keeping, thy and valued.” Administrative positions – which uses both electronic increased and paper. Susan Jackson – Listing “How do we expect stuTo fit all these required changes in the composition dent performance to increase tasks into her day, Pribil of the school board, a new when we have decreased stated she works up to three superintendent, and other instructional personnel?” extra hours daily and usually changes, Jackson stated that Fierro asked. on Saturdays, all of which is the remainder of the school unpaid. She said her husband, year has potential. She Charity Simpson – Refer- who also teaches, works even referred to the presentations ring to a nationwide survey, longer. For teachers, family from earlier in the meeting Simpson stated that 94% of life takes second place. “Noand providing free meals to respondents purchase items body should have to sacrifice school children as examples family time for their job,” of some positive accomplish- for their classroom. She believes Hernando County Pribil said. ments. would have a higher percentShe stated the district has “I hope 2019 brings age. Typical spending is an funds available to increase stability without stagnation, average of $479 per year, teacher salaries, and should, consideration coupled with with elementary teachers because teachers are worth it. cooperation, and recognition that we are stronger together, spending $526. Simpson said her “lead money” was spent Donna Depinet-Dasher because we will need to be for the work that lies ahead,” before the school year began. – Though she has no small Based on a salary of children at home, Dasher said Jackson said. $41,000, the proposed 2.75% many teachers with children salary increase would be at home must work two or Patricia Cramer – Cra$1100. The out of pocket three jobs to fill the gap bemer, who has taught for 17 spending to purchase classtween what they need and the years, says she has worked pay they receive. several additional jobs during room materials is approxiDasher agreed with Pribil that time to make ends meet. mately half of that. It will not be a significant improvement. regarding the amount of paTrying to manage economLast year, Simpson perwork required, saying that ic survival, educating and received an $1100 cost of it increases yearly or more developing students, and living increase. It was her trainings are required when contributing in the commulargest increase since coming the state makes rule changes. nity are all things teachers to Hernando County. She still “Every year it seems like must do. cannot purchase a home on my students are coming to Cramer invited the board her salary. Simpson underschool with more issues,” she members to hold Town Hall stands budget restrictions be- said. “Which means I have meetings at the schools and more issues.” hear the positive and negative cause she lives on a budget. Simpson asked the board feedback. While some things for a commitment to teachers Danielle Underwood – are going well, she said, of all age groups, “Because Underwood stated that the others must be addressed on we’re worth it.” district over-budgets the behalf of the students and teacher salaries, but unused their needs. Jennifer Prokop – Surmoney is returned to the rounded by other guidance fund, and some is allocated Gregory Champagne – Champagne has taught for 14 counselors, Prokop expressed to the reserves. This has been accumulating for the last 11 years. The last 10 years have concern for their increasing workload, stating it makes it years, Underwood said. The been during a time of ecosavings total approximately nomic recession. School bud- difficult to meet the needs of the students they are there to $61 million. “Where is that gets were cut, and teachers serve. money and why can’t our were not given raises so that At Springstead, Prokop teachers and our students the schools could continue to said, there are 450 students have it?” she asked. function. in 9th grade. Grades 10-12 “The recession is over by Tania Kelly – Kelly all economic measurements,” have 400+ students each. Only additional guidance graduated Springstead High Champagne said. The only counselors will help ease the School and became a teacher. indicator that is lagging be-

Now a guidance counselor, Kelly believes that unity (for one another, for the students, and for the community) is important. The lack of resources to pay teachers is not limited to Florida. Billions of dollars that would be allocated for public school students are being given to private schools through the school voucher system. “As public school teachers we are worth those billions of dollars,” she said, and recommended that those funds should remain with the public schools in the form of higher salaries and adequate materials.

Doug Poteet – Poteet, who teaches science at Pine Grove Elementary, stated that older elementary students are becoming interested in world affairs, and while they may not understand everything, they are observant. In the district, there seems to be some discrepancy between what stories are being told about available funds ($5 million dollars that “disappeared” from one day to the next) or whether a survey to compare administrator salaries is accurate. The board’s opinion of him did not matter, he said. What is most important is to remember why they teach. Poteet gave each board member a small plant, representative of a kindergarten student. “They are living organisms that you cannot put in a box. No formula. No standardized test. My challenge to you is are you going to care of them for who they are?” Returning to the podium, Poteet said, if the $5 million dollars was misplaced or if Stratton did order a survey on administrator salaries is correct, then it represents an unmasking at the district level, as in the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes. “Our education profession is a matter of the heart…and if we can’t teach our children to love something enough to fight for it, how can we as teachers back you (the school board) if you’re not going to back us?” Yes, the money is needed, he said. But treating teachers as if they were ignorant is wrong. At the end of the day, all Poteet cares about, he said, is what the students think of him. Stratton responded to Poteet’s concern about the study. There was no cost involved, and the district is not hiding anything during negotiations because the books are open for public review. Stratton encouraged Poteet, or any teacher, to speak with him directly about any concerns in the future.

Pam Everett – Everett agreed with the comments that came before, adding that there are at least 20 teachers working two or three jobs. “What happens when they break?” she asked. Companies outside the public school offer better pay, and teachers will take it. Everett said teacher’s vehicles have been seen on school grounds long after the school day ends and on weekends, but the parking lot at the district office is cleared by 4:30. Administration can make plans for evening or weekend activities; teachers often cannot due to the amount of work required. In terms of salary, she said, balance is needed so that district salaries are not so far above the teaching staff. Teachers with master’s degrees make less than an administrator with a bachelor’s degree, Everett said. She suggested a four- year salary freeze at the district level, with the money disbursed to the teachers. Without a pay increase, teachers will be forced to make a choice. Due to space restrictions, we are unable to print every comment. Other teachers spoke in favor of a salary increase for teachers including Patricia Greenwood, Lisa Masserio and Katelyn Baluta. We apologize for any names mispelled. Please email editor@hernandosun.com for corrections.

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Hernando County Supervisor of Elections 2018 General Election Wrap Up Information provided by Shirley Anderson, Supervisor of Elections for Hernando County

Cyber Security: Following the designation by the Department of Homeland Security, elections have now been deemed part of the critical infrastructure. As a result, election offices throughout the country have had great Homeland Security, access to government intelligence resources. We have . As a result, election been working diligently with State and Federal Agencies ent intelligence improve alto Agencies toelection improve security. Some of the points covered eduring data integrity, the year were data integrity, technical responormance sibilities, systems security, benchmarking and perforrity grants we were mance improvement, and IT ethics in elections. Through $178,000 in security grants we were able to upgrade many of our current security protocols.

ELECTION RECAP This year we had the highest percent of voter turnout for the Midterms in over 20 years! 61% of our registered voters cast a ballot for the 2018 General Election. 63% of all voters who voted had cast their vote prior to Election Day, either through Vote-By-Mail or at one of our Early Vote sites. Voter Turnout 1998 - 2018

Midterms 2018—How People Voted

he first set of of one percent or less Recount: As per Florida Statutes, a machine recount is f the second set of ordered if the first set of unofficial returns indicates that uarter of one percent

a candidate was defeated by a half of one percent or less of the total votes cast for an office. A manual recount is anual recounts. The ordered if the second set of unofficial returns indicates n the .05%. A manual that a candidate anvassing Board was eliminated by a quarter of one percent of the votes cast for the office. ours for normal election

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ocess. Many accolades This year we had a historic three statewide machine he elections process.

recounts and two manual recounts. The U.S. Senate, Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture races all that has to be fell within the .05%. A manual recount followed, with all but the governor’s race being included. The Canhristmas and a Happy vassing Board logged over 40 hours just for the recount alone-not counting the 45+ hours for normal election canvassing. Over 75 people observed and participated in this recount process. Many accolades for your elections staff who worked long hours to insure the integrity of the elections process. rson ntySome Supervisor of Elections Election Statistics: the integrity of the • The Supervisor of Elections office employed 307 eleceducation.” tion workers for our 32 precincts in 2018. • For the 11 days of Early Vote, we hired 60 election workers to process voters. • We had 77 election worker on-site training classes for the 2018 midterm elections, which totaled to 177 hours of training. • Every election worker, in addition to the on-site training, was required to complete the 1.5 hours of online training. • The Supervisor of Elections office conducted over 100 voter outreach events this election cycle. • We had 6,261 new voters registered this year. Of that, 1,147 registered between the end of the Primary Election and the General Election book closing date. • We sent out 5,096 new voter registration cards for the General Election. • This year, canvassing of Vote-ByMail ballots and the recount took over 80 hours to complete. • Volunteers clocked in a combined total of 400 hours. • 79% of Vote-By-Mail ballots were returned to the office. • Of all who voted in this year’s election, 32% were Democrat, 49% were Republican, and 19% were NPA. • By book closing, we had a total of 133,862 registered voters. Of that, 55,574 were Republicans, 42,234 were Democrat, 34,772 were listed as No Party Affiliation, and 1,282 were minor parties.

Vote-By-Mail has become more popular in recent years. In the 2018 Midterm General Election, almost 42% of votes cast were Vote-By-Mail ballots.

Vote-By-Mail Ballots Returned 2010 - 2018

Vote-By-Mail ballots allow people to vote even if they are overseas — which also includes our serving military. Need to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot for the next election? Go to HernandoVotes.com and click on “Ways to Vote” OR call our office at (352) 754-4125

E A R L Y V OT E East Hernando Library

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South Brooksville Community Center

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Forest Oaks SOE Office

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Spring Hill Library

Hernando County employed 4 Early Vote sites, and this year we had 11 days of Early Vote, where turnout peaked on the first day. While not as popular as voting on Election Day or using Vote-By-Mail, this year we had 21% of voters come to our Early Vote sites, which is a massive increase from 2014’s turnout of 15%. Early Vote is perfect for setting your own schedule. It runs from 9-5 and continues throughout the weekend. If you can’t make it to Election Day, check to see if you can make it to Early Vote!

Excited to vote in the next election? This year 4,359 people switched their party affiliation. Florida is a closed primary state, meaning that in Primary Elections, a voter is limited to choosing candidates of the party he or she is registered with. If you register with the Republican party, your ballot will have Republican candidates. If you register with the Democratic party, your ballot will have Democratic candidates. In a General Election a voter can vote for any candidate he or she chooses, regardless of party affiliation. If you are not registered with a major party, you will receive a non-partisan ballot during a Primary Election. We also had almost 500 people change their address on Election Day. Always be sure to stay ahead, and update your address and party affiliation before the book closing date. Make sure your status is good to go using the Voter Lookup Tool on our website:

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School district’s legislative priorities for 2019 session

ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR ACTION

by KATHRYN DENTATO Hernando Sun Writer

3433 : Approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition Dba Hernando Community Coalition (HCC) and Hernando County Schools

In October, a discussion on the school district’s legislative priorities was held with their lobbyists, Shawn Foster and Sam Wagoner from Sunrise Consulting. The lobbying firm will represent the school district’s needs in Tallahassee for the upcoming legislative session . (Sunrise Consulting represents the City of Brooksville and the Hernando BOCC as well.) The legislative platform was approved at the Dec. 11, 2018 school board meeting. The article below details the district’s legislative priorities. Transportation is a primary focus, particularly courtesy busing and reducing the number of students on buses to avoid overcrowding. The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) provided approximately two-thirds of the $8 million the district needed for transportation during the 2017-2018 school year. The state determines a district’s efficiency rating based on the number of eligible students transported and the number of routes. A student is eligible for transportation when they live outside a two-mile radius from their assigned school. The more students the district can transport using a minimum of routes increases the efficiency rating. Transportation Director Ralph Leath explained the formula for determining the Average Bus Occupancy (ABO) is by dividing the number of students transported (11,261) by the number of bus routes (25). Using the guidelines above, the FLDOE gave Hernando County an efficiency rating of 104.75%, with an ABO of 1.0879, making Hernando County the third most efficient school district in the state. With such a high rating, the district was awarded $5 million toward transportation funding last year. If the district changes the seating for middle and high school students to two riders per seat, the efficiency rating will be lowered and FLDOE will provide less funding. Increasing the number of buses to accommodate two riders per seat will bring additional costs for the district. Purchasing a bus is approximately $113,000. The cost to run the bus for the year is $50,000, which covers the driver’s salary, fuel, and any maintenance needs. Should the district begin courtesy busing (providing transportation to students living 1 mile from their assigned schools and keeping the “three to a seat” guideline), an additional 25 routes/buses will be needed. New buses will cost the district $2.8 million in initial outlay, and $1.25 million to run them annually. By comparison, courtesy busing students living 1.5 miles from their school will require only 15 new routes and buses, again

Board Chair Duval asked if there would be a report at the end of the year in regards to the effectiveness of the Memorandum of Understanding. The answer was yes. Linda Prescott said that in the presentation about student tobacco and drug use, the numbers are down and she would attribute that to HCC and the work of many teachers and staff. Pam Everett thanked Teresa Watson for including the school district in the HCC grant as well as including a part time substance abuse counselor for the school district at no cost to the district and providing the curriculum materials. Approved 5-0. 3493 : Approve the Cooperative Agreement Between the School Board of Hernando County and Youth Opportunity Investments, LLC., Effective December 21, 2018 through June 30, 2019 Ms. Duval asked Mr. Stratton for a brief overview of this agreement. Superintendent Stratton explained that Eckerd Youth Camp on Culbreath Rd is no longer run by the Eckerd Corporation as the Eckerd Corporation pulled out in September. In October the district was notified that they would be the educational liaison for the youth at the facility. Pinellas county had been responsible for the educational services under the Eckerd Corporation. The Eckerd Youth Camp is now known as Brooksville Academy and is operated by Youth Opportunity Investments through the Department of Juvenile Justice. Troubled youth are required to attend the 6-9 month residential program by the courts. “Our responsibility is that we have to provide the education for those students,” said Stratton. “It is a new venture that we’ve put together very very quickly.” HCSD staff member Judith Everett added, “We feel like we have a good initial plan.” Approved 5-0 3400 : Approval of Interim Unaudited Financial Statements for July 2018 through September 2018 Joyce McIntyre, Director of Financing and Purchasing gave an overview of this item. “In a nutshell… this is the amount of money the district has taken in up to this date and the amount of money we’ve spent up to this date.” Approved 5-0. 3485 : Approve the Annual Hernando County School District’s 2018-2019 5-Year District Work Plan Ms. Duval asked about the construction of elementary schools cited in the 5-Year plan - Are they in alignment with the recent Tindale Oliver report they received. A HCSD staff member answered in the affirmative. Approved 5-0 3462 : Approval to Renew Bid #17-330-20 RN Fencing: Materials, Installation & Repairs to CMK Construction, Inc and Hercules Fence Company, Inc and Authorize Expenditures on an As-Needed Basis for an Estimated Annual Amount of $600,000.00. Gus Guadagnino asked about the figures- two years ago the bid was $115,000- now it’s $600,000. This is due to school hardening. Staff answered other questions regarding the bid details. Approved 5-0. 3463 : Approve Piggybacking Board of County Commissioners Hernando County, Florida Bid No. 18-T00132, for Supply/Pick-Up And/Or Installation of Bahia and Floratam Sod Awarded to Creative Craftsman Enterprises, Inc., Dba Eddie’s Sod and Approve the Contract and the Purchase of the Goods and Services for an Estimated Amount as Needed for $15,000. Staff clarified that the $15,000 in sod would be used for patch work. Approved 5-0. 3468 : Approve the Purchase of Edgenuity Online and Credit Recovery Courses and Issue Purchase Order for an Estimated Amount of $15,000.00 Ms. Duval asked how can they assess whether Edgenuity is as rigorous as actual classroom instruction. HCSD staff member Sophia said that they use Edgenuity as a part of their adult high school program. No campus offers a full range of adult high school programs. “We have to get creative with the way we do it,” Sophia said. It’s a virtual program and there is a fantastic counselor that keeps everyone on track Sophia remarked that she is satisfied with the rigor of the course. We’ve had five graduates already this year. There are 56 students currently enrolled. Approved 5-0.

Library Programs SH- Spring Hill Branch Library, located at 9220 Spring Hill Drive. WH- West Hernando Branch Library located at 6335 Blackbird Ave, Weeki Wachee, FL 34613 BV- Brooksville/ Main Library located at 238 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601 EH- East Hernando Branch located at 6457 Windmere Rd, Brooksville, FL 34602 Jan. 7 Meditation Break - WH 1/7/2019 12 - 12:30 PM Enjoy a 30 minute Monday meditation break with us - meditation provides many health benefits for mind, body and spirit. Chairs provided or welcome to bring mat. Medicare 101 - WH 1/7/2019 1 - 2PM For people new to Medicare or anyone who would like a better understanding of how the program works. A fun discussion with plenty of time for questions. Understanding the Basics of Social Security Planning

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andLong Term Care Planning - WH 1/7/2019 2 - 3PM Understanding the latest strategies in protecting your retirement portfolio from catastrophic Long Term Care expenses. Jan. 8 Surfing the Internet - WH 1/8/2019 10AM - 12PM Registration is open Ready to “surf the web”? In this class you’ll learn some of the fundamentals of using the Internet. Beginner/Gentle Yoga Class - SH 1/8/2019 12:15 - 1:30 PM Registration is open Join certified yoga instructor Terry Schoonmaker for a gentle beginning yoga class to, as she says - “join me to learn & grow a little at a time, enjoying the health & well being that comes with listening to your body & connecting with mind & spirit.” Learning Circle - BV 1/8/2019 3 - 4:30 PM Learn new skills. Together. In the Library. For free. Learn to Sew! - WH 1/8/2019 4 - 5:30 PM Registration is open Always wanted to learn to sew? Want to try it out before you invest in that sewing machine? Come to our monthly sewing class where you can learn the basics and make a simple project to take

home. SCORE Workshop - SH 1/8/2019 4 - 5:30 PM Tax Implications for Small Businesses Jan. 9 Surfing the Internet - SH 1/9/2019 10AM - 12PM Registration is open Ready to “surf the web”? In this class you’ll learn some of the fundamentals of using the Internet. Writing Your Life Stories WH 1/9/2019 10:15 - 11:45 AM Registration is open “When writing the story of your life, never let anyone else hold the pen.” Don’t allow those irreplaceable personal & family stories to be lost. Come join us - for an informal, enjoyable experience! In Writing Your Life Stories, we provide you with the opportunity to get started right away on your writing, through the use of “writing prompts” & a short time to write, followed by sharing of our writing, if you choose to share. Each meeting, we provide helpful resources & tips for inspiration, and members discuss what is working for them.. Though we encourage writing by hand, you may bring a laptop if you prefer. Please ensure it is fully charged. Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program - SH 1/9/2019 10:30 AM - 12PM Topic: Budget Friendly,

at three students per seat. The buses will cost $1.7 million to purchase, and the annual maintenance will be $750,000. Reducing the number of students per seat for middle and high school students from three to two will make the bus ride more comfortable for students but will have a financial impact on the district. The transportation department has three bus sizes and the number of students each can carry varies according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Depending on the bus size, the maximum number could be 65, 77, or 83 students. Adding routes because the radius changes to one mile or 1.5 miles, or because the districts requires two per seat for middle and high school students will change the district’s efficiency rating. This means that the FLDOE will penalize Hernando County by providing less funding to the district for transportation. The district already spends $3 million from the General Fund for transportation costs. Less FLDOE money will require more money from the district. School Board member Beth Narverud proposed that the legislative platform include a request that the school district should be allowed to provide courtesy busing to elementary school students at 1.5 miles from their assigned schools without being penalized by the FLDOE. Board Chair Mark Johnson asked Foster if he thought it would be likely that the State would then provide funding for those students. Foster agreed that changing the policy, to allow courtesy busing of elementary students without penalty, might be considered. He did not think the State would agree to pay for it. Jordan reminded the board members of the cost to the district for new buses and drivers, even if there is no penalty. Johnson believes that the goal would be to have the state provide that funding for additional equipment and drivers for the routes, if there were incremental changes over a few years’ time. Foster countered Johnson’s premise with a hypothetical response from the state: The penalty has been removed and the district has paid for the new buses and routes. Why should the state then be responsible for paying for them? Jordan suggested a different strategy: Ask the state to fund at 100% rather than the 60/40 for the twomile radius and remove the penalty for the courtesy busing at 1.5 miles. The district would fully fund the transportation needs for those students. Foster agreed with that suggestion. Jordan recommended that while there are several other items on the list, and the method the school board decides the platform has worked well for many years, it was time to try

something different. Jordan suggested limiting the list to only a few items so that Sunrise Consulting could lobby more effectively on the district’s behalf. Johnson stated that the platform usually includes an “ask”, or a specific funding request, as well as several items that are priorities for the district. When discussing appropriations with legislators, Foster stated that they do not want large stacks of requests and information to read. Speaking to Jordan, Johnson stated that her recommended approach seems to be what the district is already submitting. The legislative platform is important, Jordan said, but in face to face conversations, sharing the district’s priorities to the legislators “should be very lean, very clean…our essentials.” Narverud asked about two other items on the list: teacher recruitment and Career and Technical Education (CTE). There were 78 open teacher position at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, and a similar number for the 2018-2019 school year. Since requesting forgivable loans and service scholarships is a request that is either ignored or rejected each time it is brought to the legislators, Narverud suggested removing it. What will be requested under teacher recruitment is to reduce the cost of mandatory professional exams to $75 or allowing potential educators to submit a portfolio or an advanced degree. With some CTE programs no longer in use, the district would like the flexibility to create CTE programs that will benefit Hernando County. Foster agreed this is a topic gaining speed as it has been a campaign issue in the governor’s race. Linda Prescott expressed concern about the end of funding for Moton Elementary School’s School of Hope. The Parent Acade-

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Library Advisory Committee - EH 1/9/2019 1 - 2:30 PM Mission Statement: The Hernando County Library Advisory Committee’s Mission is to review and recommend policies, procedures, and initiatives of the Library Director and staff in order to promote and foster broad-based citizen use of library facilities, participation in library services and programs, and access to library materials. The Library Advisory Committee is the people’s voice on matters pertaining to the Hernando County Public Library System. All meetings are open to the public and the people’s input is welcomed. For information or to contact the Committee. Financial Management Series - EH 1/9/2019 2 - 4PM This month’s topic: “When Ho Ho Ho turns into No No No”. Credit Use and Debt Reduction using PowerPay. Coding for Kids - WH 1/9/2019 4:30 - 5:30 PM Registration begins 12/26/2018 at 8:00 AM Kids, come join us and learn how to program and code. Each month, we’ll go over basic programming and coding skills and then put them to the test using Scratch. Whether you have experience

my at Fox Chapel Middle School is reaching parents and doing well. Prescott would like additional funding to maintain it. Jordan offered her opinion that the best use of any resources would be in programs developed and initiated in Hernando County. Programs initiated at the state level may be well meaning and funded initially, but if a school no longer meets the criteria and the funding is removed, maintenance of the program then becomes the responsibility of the district. That presents a funding challenge. That differs from the Starfish or Seahorse programs, which are funded by Medicaid and will become self-sustaining as they grow. Superintendent John Stratton stated there are discussions with UCF to try to piggyback onto their grant for community school programs. Narverud asked the $7 million question: Why is that much being requested to replace computers used by students? Jordan stated that it is an example of a single investment for something that is needed by students to “freshen” or help bring the technology up to date. With that assistance, and without what Jordan called a technology hole, making adjustments on a yearly basis would be easier for the district to handle. Johnson disagreed. “I see that as detracting and the legislators losing interest in our platform at this time especially after (Hurricane) Michael and the rebuilding for eight counties in the Panhandle,” he said. “They want $7 million and we have billions of dollars in damages? I think we’re better off leaving that off the platform.” Johnson continued, concerned that it would antagonize the legislators to the point that Hernando County would receive very little for the district. Jordan reminded Johnson that platform discussions began before Hurricane

The platform below was approved at the Dec. 11, 2018 meeting: “The Hernando County School Board hereby requests additional state funding in the following areas: Appropriation - Technology: $2.3 million - Funds to be used for the replacement of student computers purchased in 2008. “Priority Needs: 1. Transportation: • Fund the transportation of all eligible students at 100%. For school year 2017-18, Hernando County School District received 63% of funds needed to transport all eligible students. The remaining 37% was paid with General Funds. • Remove the current penalty reducing the amount of transportation funds given to school districts that provide transportation to elementary students who live within 2-mile limit from zoned school. o Currently, the funding formula is determined by an efficiency measure based on Average Bus Occupancy. 2. Teacher Recruitment: • Reduce the cost of mandatory professional certification exams required for all potential educators to the previous fee of $75.00. • Allow prospective educators to satisfy the General Knowledge exam with a portfolio option or an advanced degree. 3. Career and Technical Education (CTE) – The option for school districts to develop high-demand workforce programs is severely hampered by a lack of incentives to attract qualified instructors in areas such as coding, cybersecurity, health occupations and automotive repair limit options. • Provide funds to allow for sign-on bonuses or other incentives to attract and retain qualified instructors. • Allow school districts to meet the needs of their community by developing district-created CTE courses that meet academic standards and meet the demand specific to local workforce needs. 4. Early Learning – K-12 Education supports and encourages full funding of VPK education to ensure students are well positioned for future academic achievement.

Jan. 10 Surfing the Internet - EH 1/10/2019 10AM - 12PM Registration is open Ready to “surf the web”? In this class you’ll learn some of the fundamentals of using the Internet. Toddler Storytime -SH 1/10/2019 10:30 - 11AM Storytime time for toddlers featuring stories, songs, and fingerplays. Signing for Everyday Living - EH 1/10/2019 11AM - 12:30 PM SEFL is a crash course in basic ASL for learners at any skill level. Preschool Storytime - SH 1/10/2019 11:15 AM - 12 PM Stories, songs, fingerplays, and much more designed for children between the ages of 3-5. Writers Workshop - EH 1/10/2019 1 - 3PM Free and open to the public - meets every other Thursday. All levels of experience from beginners to published authors. Our group is on-going and continuous, join at any time. Bring pen and paper. For more information call 352-583-2441. Movies @ your library - SH 1/10/2019 2 - 4 tbd

Death Cafe - EH 1/10/2019 3:30 - 5PM Join us to share your philosophy, experiences and fears about death and dying. Jan. 11 Baby Storytime - WH 1/11/2019 10 - 10:30 AM A Storytime featuring stories, bounce rhymes, songs, and more just for babies and their parents! Toddler Storytime - WH 1/11/2019 10:30 - 11AM Storytime time for toddlers featuring stories, songs, and fingerplays.

Preschool Storytime - WH 1/11/2019 11:15 - 11:45 AM Stories, songs, fingerplays, and much more designed for children between the ages of 3-5. Book Discussion Group - EH 1/11/2019 2 - 3:30 PM Registration is open A Paper Son by Jason Buckholz Jan. 12 Game On! - EH 1/12/2019 10AM - 4PM Enjoy family gaming at the East Hernando Branch!

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Brooksville is home to some of Florida’s oldest longleaf pines Pines continued from page 1...

The five life stages of the longleaf pine:

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Seedling Stage: Pine seeds will germinate in a few weeks depending on the right soils. Areas like Big Pine are rich in minerals.

Longleaf Pine and Wildlife “There is a whole range of different species, mammals, reptiles amphibians that we manage for that are dependent on fire-maintained communities,” Koenig said. “And the longleaf pine is the single most important plant species that thrive in fires.” Florida native species such as gopher tortoise, Sherman’s fox squirrel, Eastern indigo snake, Florida mice, gopher frogs, and the red-cockaded woodpecker thrive in longleaf pine communities. Squirrels, turkey, quail, and brown-headed nuthatches rely on the seeds as a source of food. Just because a longleaf pine has died, they still play an important role for wildlife. “Snags (dead trees) are really good for habitat, birds of prey and other species use them as perches,” Koenig said. Many woodpecker species, known as primary cavity excavators rely on snags. Snags provide more to wildlife than just shelter. Crevices formed between the trunk of a dead tree and the peeling bark provide protection from the sun for bats and amphibians. Fallen dead pines are also valuable for many other species of wildlife and can provide much-needed shelter for animals such as bears and turkey vultures as well as mice, salamanders, lizards, toads, and frogs. There are situations where trees can undergo some form of stress, which can limit their growth and shorten their life expectancy. “Trees can endure a lot of stress, whether it’s drought, fire, hurricanes, or waterlogged soils,” Koenig said. “There all kinds of stressors affecting trees all the time, and if they get too weak they become susceptible to beetles.” Some species of beetles will attack longleaf pines and create an impact under the layers of bark. “There are beetles who will attack healthy trees and the one that is the most dangerous is the southern pine beetle,” Koenig said. “That’s the worst offender we have.” For over two years as Area Manager for Chinsegut WEA, Koenig, along with other FWC staff and volunteers have a strong dedication in restoring Big Pine to its natural pristine environment. “This should be an open sort of grassy base understory with pockets of oaks, not a widespread thicket of oaks,” Koenig said. “You want it (vegetation) to be pretty low to the ground so tortoises can move through it pretty easily or ground-nesting birds can find a patch of vegetation to nest in.” Oaks trees are also needed at Big Pine, however, the location is important, and specifically for Big Pine that would be on the outer banks of wetland areas. “When oaks are over 6-8 feet tall, nothing can really move,” Koenig explained. “There is not a lot of sunlight so you lose that herbaceous-grassy component, and that is where all the food is for wildlife.” There are longleaf pines that are aged over 230 years old at Big Pine. If it wasn’t for Colonel Robins back in the early 1900’s saving over 2000 acres from being logged, they would most likely have been harvested. “Big Pine is one of the largest continuous tracts of old growth longleaf left in the state,” Koenig said. “The pine trees here are some of the oldest left.” The process of land management is demanding and restoring properties like Big Pine requires prescribed fire, shredding, invasive plant removal, as well as exotic treatments. Through the restoration process, longleaf pines are flourishing and a new abundance of wildflowers add amazing colors to its landscape. If you want to enjoy a great hike while the weather is nice and to see the beauty of nature and some of the oldest original Florida longleaf pines, take a day to visit Big Pine Tract. Big Pine Tract, a part of Chinsegut Wildlife and Environment Area is located on Old Crystal River Road in Brooksville, just a mile north from Bella Park RV Resort, this area is open from dawn to dusk.

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“In ‘pine barrens’ most of the day. Low, level, sandy tracts; the pines wide apart; the sunny spaces between full of beautiful abounding grasses, liatris, long, wand-like solidago (goldenrod), saw palmettos, etc., covering the ground in garden style. Here I sauntered in delightful freedom, meeting none of the cat-clawed vines, or shrubs, of the alluvial bottoms.” -Naturalist John Muir

Grass Stage: During this stage, the longleaf pine looks like a clump of grass which contains a bud. These thick needles protect the bud from fires. Bottle Brush Stage: Beginning around late February to mid-March, the candle (white tip) may grow a couple of feet in a short few months. Around late May, the bright green needles begin to emerge from the candle. This candle creates scaly and brown texture as bark begins to form. Sapling Stage: The longleaf pine is now reaching 6 to 10 feet tall and branches are beginning to shape and emerge. Mature Stage: It will take up to 30 years to reach a mature stage and to produce cones. Longleaf pines can grow up to 120 feet tall and over two feet in diameter. A healthy tree can reach 250 years, however, there has been documentation of longleaf pines that are over 400 years old.

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ABOVE: “The more sunlight the more food.” Matt Koenig said. With longleaf pines, the branches are not as dense as the slash pine or the loblolly pine.

a. Grass stage of the longleaf pine. This stage helps protect the bud of the pine. This stage can last up to seven years, depending on the resources and competition with other plants.

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b. Longleaf pine cone. At Big Pine, there are some of Florida’s oldest longleaf pine trees. Longleaf pine seeds develop in cones and are dispersed by wind. When they fall to the ground, these seeds must have contact with soil to germinate. c. Longleaf pine that has become a home for wildlife.


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Stage West Presents: Steel Magnolias The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done.

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Business & Community Briefs Brooksville Garden Club welcomes Members and Guests to their Meeting, January 9th, 2019, at The Country Kitchen Restaurant, 20133 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville. Join us for an “off the menu” lunch at 11:30 OR just come for our Speaker at 12:30 PM, Master Gardener, Winn Miller. Plant propagating made easy. Meetings are Free and Open to Public. Interested? Call Jan: 352-799-4319 or Cathy, 352-585-6834

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a Human Resource & Safety Access Health Care PhyConsultant for businesses for almost 40 years, is offering sicians, LLC’s Employees pro-bono coaching to ChamRally to Provide Toys for ber members. If you have any Needy Children at the Boys Human Resource or Safety & Girls Club concerns about your business, this is your opportunity to meet with a professional Hernando & Pasco, Florida who can advise you on best District Launches Water Nature Coast Orchid Society practices and on how to create (December 28, 2018) – Access Health Care Physicians, HealthCare Monthly meets the third Saturday of the best possible culture for Networking Connection each month at the VFW Post you & your employees. Paula LLC’s employees teamed up Date: January 8, 2019 8681 provides services for both to provide well over $3,000 Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM located on the corner of Draythe for-profit and non-profit worth of toys and gifts for Event Description: ton St. and County Line Rd, organizations. In addition, she Spring Hill. Join us Saturday can offer advice on handbooks, the Boys & Girls Club of Tickets are now available for HealthCare Monthly Networking Connection January 19th at 1:00pm. Our difficult employee issues, hirthe 2019 Soup-a-Thon at St. Hernando County. The gifts Make connections and netspeaker will be Norman Fang, ing, firing, and all of the steps Frances Cabrini on Saturday included three bikes, over work with HealthCare business from California, of Orchids. in between. Any Chamber January 5, 2019. The seating’s $100 in gift cards, and gifts representatives . All businesses com. member may sign up for a are 11:30 to 1:00, 1:30 to 3:00, for all ages of children. All are welcome. The topic will be growing one-hour private coaching 3:30 to 5:00 and 5:30 to 7:00. Sponsored by: OAK HILL better orchids. If you have session. There will be a minimum of in all, 13 boxes full of gifts HOSPITAL questions about improving Location: 20 soups available at all times were presented to the Boys Guest Speaker: KATIE STACY, your methods, now is a great Chamber Office as well as bread and butter & Girls Club for the needy Oak Hill Hospital time to meet an international 15588 Aviation Loop Drive on all tables. This is all you children on their own ChristlLocation: grower, see some beautiful Brooksville 34604 can eat, one cup at a time, TBD examples of his orchids and Date/Time Information: no carry out event... This the mas list. Date/Time Information: learn. Also at the meeting will Tuesday, January 22nd 9th year for this event and we Said Noreen St. Jean, be a raffle table, where you Choose 1 of 2 Sessions have sold out each year, so get 1st Tuesday of each month Director of Development (Unless otherwise stated) could win something beautiful, 9:00 - 10:00am your tickets early. All proceeds for the Boys & Girls Club of 11:30am - 1:00pm a table full of orchids for sale, 10:00 - 11:00am from this event are donated SPRING CENTER Contact Information: a “member show off table”, Contact Information: to charity. This year HILL we have ENRICHMENT Hernando County, “These Drive Spring Hill, Florida 34609 ArtsofBuilding #105 Lindsay Cacciatore, (352) 796- Medical showing some the gems Suite (352) 796-0697 soup10441Quality donated from approxitoys came in especially Located on the campus 0697 Health Spring Hill grown by our members and Fees/Admission: No Cost mately 63 restaurants, just toof Bayfront handy at this time of the Fees/Admission: refreshments. Guests are welname a few of these wonderful CPR Training available! Call 597.8875 SHINE-593.0705 year because the Boys & $15.00 Pre-Registered come! For more information restaurants, Carrabbas Italian Members www.naturecoastorchidsociety. RIBBON CUTTING Grill, Fish Bones, Argento’s, Girls Club was still in need of $20.00 At-the-Door / Guests com Or call Mary Lou at 218CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL Kally K’s, Cody‘s Roadhouse, MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY making a Christmas possible 556-1855. & TAX Ruby Tuesdays, Chili’s, Greek for a substantial number of Young Professionals Date: January 22, 2019 City, Beef o Brady’s and many 1 2 4 40 children. We still had over Networking Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM3 EST many more. 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United Way Offers FREE Dementia Care Seminar in Hernando Spring Hill, FL – United Way of Hernando County is hosting their annual Dementia Care Seminar for families and professional caregivers focusing on loved ones living with Dementia or Alzheimer’s. This FREE seminar is open to the community and offers educational and interactive discussions highlighting struggles, solutions, and the power of hope. Gary LeBlanc, a local author and caregiver, and Linda Burhans, national speaker on caregiver advocacy, will be sharing their experience through the journey of caregiving. There will be refreshments, helpful vendors, resources, and free memory screenings conducted by Renstar Medical Research. Join us on Thursday, January 24th at 9:30am-12:00pm at St. Frances Cabrini Church, Main Hall. 5030 Mariner Blvd. Spring Hill, FL 34609. RSVP to the United Way office by calling 352-688-2026 or email outreach@ UnitedWayHernando.org. Register Now for January Classes. NAMI Hernando Peer to Peer Starts January 2019 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM It’s a 8 week FREE COURSE that is open to anyone that is interested in taking this class. This course is an educational 8 week program that helps anyone to understand, manage and give you the tools to help you along with your mental illness.. it explores the brain and how it works, gives you the understanding of how and why we struggle sometimes. The course explores dual diagnosis, PTSD, and all of the mental illnesses. You will be receiving a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Medications are the most important tool to helping you maintain a balanced life but having the right tools and understanding and learning how to manage our illness on a daily basis is PRICELESS. Hope to see you there! NAMI Hernando - Beautiful Mind Center 10554 Spring Hill Drive Spring Hill, FL 34608

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about Martin (Oliver Hudson), Lena (Jenna Fischer) accidentally injures her tooth and reluctantly goes to the dentist. Martin then escorts her to Mae’s (Olivia Keville) parent-teacher conference after she inadvertently gets high. The Rookie: “Standoff” ABC, 10pm When Officer Bradford’s (Eric Winter) wife is found shot but alive, he vows to track down the man responsible. Officer Nolan (Nathan Fillion) must protect his home -- and the truth ­-- after a home invasion. NCIS: New Orleans: “Vindicta” CBS, 10pm Pride (Scott Bakula) and the NCIS team hope to take down a secret and lethal group of former intelligence agents and avenge the death of someone close to them in the new episode “Vindicta.” Project Blue Book History, 10pm New Series! Based on the actual top-secret investigations into UFOs and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952-69, the series follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen), a brilliant college professor recruited by the government to spearhead Project Blue Book. The operation researched thousands of cases, many of which were never solved. Each episode draws from the actual files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history. New Amsterdam NBC, 10pm The unique new medical drama returns from winter hiatus to finish out its first season. USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter PBS, 10pm Follow a scientific detective story detailing the discovery of the USS Indianapolis wreck site, 18,000 feet below the Philippine Sea. The ship’s sinking during World War II was the largest loss of life in U.S. Naval history. How the Universe Works Science Channel, 10pm Season Premiere! The seventh season premiere of this astronomy series focuses on neutron stars. Also ahead this season: A journey inside the heart of a supernova to witness the final seconds of a dying giant star, a look CONTINUED ON Page 10


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Calendar of Events Jan. 5 & 6

Jan. 12

Dade’s Battle of 1835 When: Jan. 5 and 6, Grounds Open 9 am ~~ Battle Reenactment 2 pm Where: Dade Battlefield Historic State Park 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, Florida 33513 Experience the Dade Battle Reenactment of the 2nd Seminole War on January 5-6, 2019 at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell, Florida. Each year, on the first full weekend (Saturday & Sunday) of January, the Dade Battlefield Society sponsors a re-enactment of the battle. Arrive early on re-enactment weekend. The park manager says Sunday is usually less crowded than Saturday. The actual battle is at 2 p.m. each day, although there are activities all day. The Dade Battle Reenactment includes period soldier, Seminole and Civilian camps; a Sutler Trade Fair; historic arts and crafts demonstrations; full scale cannon firing; tree cutting and barricade building; musket shooting; tomahawk throwing and primitive archery. Step back in time with period soldier costumes, Seminole and Civilian camps, a sutler trade fair, historic arts and crafts demonstrations, full-scale cannon firing, musket shooting, tomahawk throwing and primitive archery. Admission: $5 per person, children under 6 free, parking $2 per vehicle. • Period Soldier & Seminole Camps • Historic Arts & Crafts • Tree Cutting and Barricade Building • Cannon Firing • Games and Activities for Children • Sutler Trade Fair

Train Show & Swap Meet WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Open House, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. WHERE: Dana’s Railroad Supply, 4042 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34606 Description: ALL SCALES ENCOURAGED. Table space $10.00 per table. (Bring your own table and chair). Set up time 7:30 a.m. (352) 684-2484. www.danasrailroadsupply.com.

NASP BAI Certification When: Jan. 5th 9:00 AM Where: Chinsegut Hill Conservation Center If you teach physical education or run programs for an organized Co-op, scouting organization or other organized group this is an opportunity to become certified as a Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) through the largest standardized archery program offered for school aged children. Instructors certified at Chinsegut will have access to use of the center’s NASP equipment for programs for their group (additional requirements apply). The cost is $60.00 per person (ages 18+ only). Register by December 30th at NASPBAI.org; Class length 7 hours

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3-D Archery Shoot When: Jan. 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Where: Chinsegut Conservation Center Each month a 3-D archery course is offered at Chinsegut. Join us for this shoot to prepare for the upcoming ASA ‘tournament’ shoot in April. Course is 15 lanes with 3-D target variety. Sight in your bow on our practice range. Small fee applies to help us continue to maintain our equipment. Call (352) 754-6722 for more information, no registration required. Join Drawn by Grace for provided lunch following shoot. Allow 3-4 hours to participate fully. Jan. 18 - 20 Florida Agriculture and Wildlife Expo and Brooksville Rodeo When: Jan 18, 2019 at 4 PM – Jan 20, 2019 at 5 PM Where: 16371 Runway Dr, Brooksville, Florida 34604 Description: Enjoy a weekend filled with shopping, educational experiences, horse and livestock shows, car show and don’t miss the Rodeo Saturday night and Sunday afternoon! Jan. 19 & 20

Brooksville Raid When: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, 11am – Sun, January 20, 2019, Where: The location is on Hwy. 50 West at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, Across from Oak Hill Hospital Description: The Hernando Historical Museum Assoc., Inc. and Jan. 9 North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club, Inc. present the 39th Annual Brooksville Raid Reenactment, Jan 19 & 20, 2019. Nature Explorers, Bears This reenactment is a re-creation of a Civil War battle that hapWhen: Jan. 9, 2018 10:30 AM pened in Hernando County in July of l864. The Raid is held the Where: Chinsegut Conservation Center 3rd weekend in January every year. We have become the largThis mid-week, monthly program for ages 5-9 allows kids to est Civil War reenactment in Florida with over 1500 reenactors explore a variety of animals through games, activities and and their families. We have 20 cannons, 20 horses, and over 50 occasional live animals. There is no fee for this program, regis- sutlers. The public is invited to tour, at no additional charge, tration is preferred. Older or younger siblings are welcomed to the authentic confederate and union camps and actually see accompany parent. Program length 1.5 hours how they lived and what it was like during the Civil War. We expect around 60 sutlers (Vendors), so you can purchase any Teen Nature Lab Civil War items you might want. We also have kettle corn, When: Jan. 9, 2018 1:00 PM old-time root beer and you can’t leave without having a FRY Where: Chinsegut Conservation Center BREAD. All animals must be on a leash. Admission Prices: $10 This new class for ages 14+ is designed to help students with Adults; $5 Youth 6-12 Years old. FREE-5 & Under; $3 Scouts in an interest in science learn through hands on experience how uniform. For more information, http://www.brooksvilleraidreto collect background information, design an experiment, enactment.com collect data and organize findings. We will run two observation experiments using wildlife monitoring equipment and other Jan. 24 tools to learn about wildlife at Chinsegut WEA. Group will meet once a month for three hours January through May. Parents Have a Chili Day with JSL may drop-off or remain with students. Registration required at When: Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM (352) 754-6722. Join Junior Service League for our 2nd annual Chili Day fundraiser at Silverthorn Country Club on Thursday, January Jan. 10 24, 2019! $8 includes ALL YOU CAN EAT chili with a beverage choice of water, tea or lemonade. Delicious baked goods will The Brooksville Enrichment Center will be sponsoring a CPR/ be available for purchase! We will also have raffle baskets, AED class on Jan. 10 2019 starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 50/50, and of course voter’s choice for BEST chili with a fantasapproximately 10 p.m. These classes are held every second and tic TROPHY for our winner! As always, ALL proceeds raised go fourth Thursday of the month. back to supporting our local community. Held at the Brooksville Hospital Medical Arts Building, Room 120 (Enrichment Center), this class is designed for the profesJan. 25 sional health care provider and meets the guide lines of the American Heart Association. Non healthcare professionals are Outdoor Laser Tag / Bumper Ball (Friday Night Done Right) also welcome to attend. The total cost is $35. part of the pro- WHEN: Friday, January 25, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM ceeds are donated to the Enrichment Center. A reservation is WHERE: The City of Brooksville Parks & Recreation required. To reserve a seat, call Bob Kanner at 352-597-8875. 99 Jerome Brown Pl, Brooksville, Florida 34601 There is nothing more fun than a game of Laser Tag against Jan. 11 your friends! Not your thing??? Then come for BUMPER BALL! FREE Bounce and roll down the field as we play a game of ball!! The Night Market/Friday Night Live January’s AWESOME Friday Night Done Right through the City Hernando County Band Shell Pavilion at 205 E. Ft. Dade Ave, of Brooksville Parks & Recreation. January 25, 2019. 6-8pm. Brooksville, FL 34601 TOM VARN PARK. 301 Darby Lane Brooksville, FL 34601. For What is Friday Night Live? more information please call 352-540-3830 or email Jen @ Friday Night Live is a live outdoor music concert series held JRaffaelli@cityofbrooksville.us the 2nd Friday of each month at the beautiful Hernando County Band Shell Pavilion at 205 E. Ft. Dade Ave, Brooksville, Jan. 26 FL 34601. The fun kicks off at 5:00pm and ends at approximately 10:00pm; This event is a community revitalization effort 22nd Annual Kumquat Festival (Last Sat in Jan) to regrow a connection to the Hernando County Community WHEN: Saturday, 26 Jan. 2019 from 09:00-17:00 to its only downtown - Historic Downtown Brooksville. High WHERE 14112 8th Street, Dade City energy bands are booked to play two music sets throughout Description: Annual free event with lots of vendors offering arts and the evening. Food trucks will be parked along Ft. Dade Avenue crafts, delicious food, all kinds of “Kumquat items & stuff ”, health & providing a wide variety of culinary treats. Games will be wellness area, car & truck show, kids area, local live entertainment, throughout the park for children and families to enjoy. There food trucks, farmer’s market, fine arts, family fun and all of our wonwill also be a full selection of cocktails, beer and wine. derful downtown stores are open. Applications will be available June Beginning December 14th we will be adding a Night Market! 15, 2018, 2:00pm at www.KumquatFestival.org

Winter Wesley Chapel Shabby Chic Vintage Market When: Sunday, 27 Jan. 2019 from 10:00-16:00 WHERE: 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544 Hosted by Simply Events. The Shabby Chic Vintage Market returns to the Grove At Wesley Chapel, on January 27th, for the special curated Winter Edition Wesley Chapel Shabby Chic Market featuring 100+ artisans, crafters, and woodworkers from all over Florida. Shop one-of-a-kind handmade farmhouse and upcycled décor, woodwork, vintage and antique items, and artisanal foods. Feb. 2 Brooksville Native American Festival WHEN: Feb. 2, 2019 – FEB. 3, 2019 at 17:00 WHERE: 5360 Lockhart Rd, Brooksville, FL 34602-7411 DESCRIPTION: The Brooksville Native American Festival, bringing you the best in Native American Art, Culture & History. Tickets are: Adults $8; Kids ages 5 to 12 $4; Children under 5 free. Native singing and dancing from a host of entertainers. Many vendors with traditional craftsmanship. Call (352) 238-7308 or visit http:// brooksvillenativeamericanfest.com February 14-16 Mulemanship Clinic For the 4th consecutive year, Spotted Dance Ranch in Brooksville, FL is honored to be the location of TS Mules’ only Florida clinics. The 2019 clinics will occur from February 14-16, 2019. Ty Evans, along with his wife Skye, and daughters Ellie and Swayzee, travel all the way from Utah to hold these clinics. These clinics are geared toward helping riders and their mules, horses, and donkeys get along a little better. Ty enjoys helping individuals establish a partnership with their animal and develop a clear communication line between one another. Horses, mules, and donkeys are welcome! Contact www.tsmules. com for clinic registration and information. Classes run from 8:00 am through 6:00 pm each day and include Foundation Mulemanship, Mulemanship 1, and Mulemanship 2. The cost for each class is $350 (the fee does not include camping, stalls, meals, etc.). For camping and stall/paddock reservations and hotel information, contact www.spotteddanceranch.com or kymrouse@att.net. Clinic participants must keep their animals at the ranch. Spectators are welcome for $25 per day on Feb. 14th and 15th. Private lessons with Ty Evans can also be arranged.

T V ’ S B EST B ETS J a n . 9 - 1 2 for other habitable planets in the depths of the galaxy, a trip back in time to better understand the Big Bang’s role in the birth of our universe, and more. Legend Hunter Travel Channel, 10pm New Series!

In this seven-episode series, wildlife biologist and explorer Pat Spain leaves the lab for the field to uncover answers to fascinating unsolved riddles, historic conundrums and mythic events, using his scientific expertise and state-of-the-art technology to investigate. In the series premiere, Spain reopens the infamous Lizzie Borden murder case to find out who really took an axe to her father and stepmother.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

The Goldbergs: “The Wedding Singer” ABC, 8pm Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is in her element as she prepares for Barry (Troy Gentile) and Lainey’s (A.J. Michalka) wedding, but Barry is beginning to have second thoughts. Adam’s (Sean Giambrone) shortcomings as a wedding videographer have Geoff (Sam Lerner) worried. Nature: “Attenborough and the Sea Dragon” PBS, 8pm Join Sir David Attenborough as he pieces together the remarkable discovery of the ichthyosaur, a fearsome fish lizard that lived during the age of dinosaurs. Schooled ABC, 8:30pm New Series! This ‘90s-set spinoff of The Goldbergs follows the grownup adventures of Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) and her fellow teaching cohorts at William Penn Academy. “We’ve run around the halls for the last six years, and now Lainey’s kind of running the halls,” says Michalka. “She’s actually helping guide these young students through life while still trying to figure it out herself.” Also making the leap to the new series are Tim Meadows’ Mr. Glascott, who is now the school’s principal, and Bryan Callen as Coach Mellor, with Brett Dier playing a very eager new teacher named Charlie Brown. Modern Family: “A Moving Day” ABC, 9pm Claire (Julie Bowen) and Phil (Ty Burrell) move Haley (Sarah Hyland) and Dylan (Reid Ewing)

into their new apartment before the baby arrives, but have doubts the couple can make it on their own. When Pameron (Dana Powell) gets out of prison early, she has a bone to pick with Mitchell. Single Parents: “That Elusive Zazz” ABC, 9:30pm Angie (Leighton Meester) discovers that Graham (Tyler Wladis) has the word “farts” written on his forehead in permanent marker and goes on a mission to obtain an apology from whoever is responsible. Will (Taran Killam) decides to audition for his dream job as an on-camera weatherman. Match Game ABC, 10pm Season Premiere! Tonight’s celebrity panelists include Kenan Thompson, Ellie Kemper, Tyler Hoechlin, Sherri Shepherd, Horatio Sanz and Jillian Bell. You’re the Worst FXX, 10pm Season Premiere! Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) are engaged (again) and get one last chance to make their relationship work as the comedy begins its fifth and final season. In the premiere episode “The Intransigence of Love,” Jimmy and Gretchen tell the story of their relationship to a prospective wedding planner. The Dictator’s Playbook PBS, 10pm New Series! This new six-episode series explores how six dictators, from Mussolini to Saddam Hussein, shaped the world. How did they seize and lose power? What forces rose up against them? Each episode offers a revealing portrait of brutality and power. I’m Sorry truTV, 10pm Season Premiere! Comedy genius Andrea Savage (Veep) begins her second season as the seemingly confident and together comedy writer, wife and mom, who comically exposes her inner immaturity and

neuroses through unexpected life situations. Jon Glaser Loves Gear truTV, 10:30pm Season Premiere! Will Jon’s ridiculously intense passion for gear derail his television show, his friendships and his relationships with both his real and fake families? Or will Jon be able to summon the strength to find the emotional gear he needs to get through it all? We will find out in Season 2. Thursday, Jan. 10 The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta A&E, 9pm New Series! Follow homicide detectives from the Atlanta Police Department as they unravel the mysteries behind some of the city’s most gruesome and highly visible crimes. The series will include the in-depth investigation of the “Fallen Angel” case, in which a young woman was shot to death and found naked in a neighborhood park. Mom: “Hacky Sack and a Beautiful Experience” CBS, 9pm Christy’s (Anna Faris) smoking causes problems when the ladies take a road trip in the new episode “Hacky Sack and a Beautiful Experience.” The Rap Game Lifetime, 9pm Season Premiere! In Season 5, six young rappers will battle it out for the ultimate prize of a recording contract with Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def Recordings. Brooklyn Nine-Nine NBC, 9pm Season Premiere! The popular former FOX comedy begins its sixth season on its new network. Last year, after fan outcry following the show’s cancellation by FOX, NBC quickly swooped in to renew it. Aside from the network, nothing major has changed. The series continues to follow the exploits of Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and his colleagues as they police the NYPD’s 99th

precinct. Fam CBS, 9:30pm New Series! Nina Dobrev stars as a woman whose plan to impress the seemingly perfect family of her fiancé (Tone Bell) gets thrown out the window when her outof-control, teenage half-sister comes to live with her. Odessa Adlon, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sheryl Lee Ralph also star. The Good Place NBC, 9:30pm The acclaimed sitcom’s third season is back with a few new episodes at its new time, before airing its season finale on Jan. 24. Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars – Hip Hop Edition WE tv, 10pm Season Premiere! Couples from hip hop’s elite will take a break from their lavish lifestyles of champagne, fancy cars and adoring fans to put the spotlight back on their relationships. In the glamorous world where business is mixed with pleasure and exotic temptations are knocking on every door, a lifestyle in the fast lane can be both a blessing and a curse.

Friday, Jan. 11 Informer Amazon New Series! This six-part Brit drama centers on Raza (Nabhaan Rizwan), a young, second-generation Pakistani who lives in East London and is coerced to infiltrate a suspected terror cell by Gabe (Paddy Considine), a counter-terrorism officer. Bel Powley also stars as Holly, Gabe’s ambitious partner. Friends From College Netflix Season Premiere! In Season 2, it’s been a year since Ethan (Keegan-Michael Key) and Sam’s (Annie Parisse) affair was exposed to the four other friends -- including Lisa (Cobie Smulders), Ethan’s wife -- and the friend group is still fractured. No one has heard from Lisa, Ethan has been living

a repentant year of writing a young-adult novel and Sam has been trying to repair her marriage with her husband, Jon (Greg Germann). But with Max’s (Fred Savage) wedding coming up, the friends won’t be able to avoid each other much longer. Sex Education Netflix New Series! Otis is an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, a sex therapist. Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, he is a reluctant expert on the subject. When his home life is revealed at school, Otis realizes he can use his specialist knowledge to gain status. He teams with a whip-smart girl named Maeve, and together they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems. Through this, Otis realizes he may need some therapy of his own. Blindspot NBC, 8pm Season 4 returns from its winter hiatus with new episodes. Great Performances: “The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration” PBS, 9pm The Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its centennial with a gala concert conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, featuring pianist Lang Lang and works by Mozart, Strauss and Ravel, with vignettes of past music directors. Three-Night Marvel Movie Marathon Syfy, beginning at 9pm Every night in primetime this weekend, starting tonight with Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Syfy airs megahit movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Among the films airing during the marathon will be Saturday’s Syfy limited-commercial premiere of Thor: The Dark World (2013). Iron Man (2008) finishes off the marathon Sunday night.

Saturday, Jan. 12 College Basketball

CBS, ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 12pm Live Top college basketball action today includes Ole Miss at Mississippi State (CBS), Duke at Florida State (ESPN) and Gonzaga at San Francisco (ESPN2).

NFL Football: AFC and NFC Divisional Playoffs FOX & CBS, beginning at 4:30pm Live The road to Super Bowl LIII narrows with this weekend’s Divisional Playoff games. FOX and CBS air today’s contests, while NBC and CBS air games tomorrow.

Super 8 AMC, 8pm J.J. Abrams’ 2011 supernatural thriller makes its AMC network premiere. The film is set in summer 1979 and follows a group of tweens who witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Iyanla: Fix My Life OWN, 9pm Season Premiere! Iyanla Vanzant, the acclaimed spiritual life coach, empowerment speaker and bestselling author, returns for a sixth season of helping people confront their issues and address their real and perceived challenges so they can improve their lives. Love & Marriage: Huntsville OWN, 10pm New Series! This eight-episode unscripted series follows the lives of three successful and powerful black couples in the thriving city of Huntsville, Ala., who come

together to help revitalize the region through their joint real estate venture -- The Comeback Group.


SPORTS

Girls prep basketball ranking BY ANDY VILLAMARZO HERNANDO SUN WRITER

Winter break time of the regular season for prep girls basketball in the state of Florida is in full swing this week and we here at the Hernando Sun want to give you the Hernando County reader all the insight you can get during the 2018-2019 campaign. We will be doing a weekly Top 5 ranking of the five teams within Hernando County. We now take a look at the Hernando Sun Top 5 Prep Girls Basketball Poll heading into the final week of winter break. No. 1 Weeki Wachee (12-0, 7-0): The Hornets just keep churning victories out as they head into the New Year’s and don’t show any signs of slowing down. Weeki Wachee now aims to go undefeated in its first tournament of the season when they open up against New Port Richey Gulf in the Hernando Holiday Classic. No. 2 Hernando Christian (8-1, 4-0): The Lions have quietly had one of the better seasons of any Hernando County team and winning 15 or more games continues to be on the agenda for Hernando Christian. Being the only private school in these rankings, Hernando Christian has put together one of the better small school programs in the North Suncoast region. No. 3 Hernando (5-4, 2-2): A new start, new year may be exactly what the Leopards need after staring off 4-2 but then slipping to 1-2 in its past three contests. The Leopards are one of Hernando County’s more talented teams but the winter break hasn’t done them any good, including in the loss column. No. 4 Nature Coast (4-5, 3-1): This Nature Coast group has bounced back nicely after a rough go of it the first sev-

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from page 1 and receiving 1,075 total yards from scrimmage for the 49ers. His best game of the season came back on September 16th against the Detroit Lions, when Breida rushed for 138 yards on just 11 carries and scored a touchdown. Breida is in the conversation of best running backs in Hernando County history, with many bystanders thinking of great tailbacks like DuJuan Harris (Central), Tevin Drake (Nature Coast), Matt Breida (Nature Coast) and Deshawn Smith (Nature Coast). Harris was able to move on and play at the National Football League as well after starring for Central and Troy, respectively. Drake after playing for Nature Coast, ended up suiting up for Western Michigan University. Breida was the second player who ended up in the NFL, being drafted San Francisco 49ers. Smith, who is now at Florida A&M, put up utterly ridiculous numbers his senior year and rushed for 3,715 yards in 2015. The ‘Running Back Factory’ at Nature Coast is a tradition that has been kept up by current Sharks’ head coach Cory Johns, who produces another great one this past season in Michael Weston. Weston nearly rushed for over 3,000 yards on the season and led Nature Coast to the Class 5A, Region 2 final. Andy Villamarzo can be reached at andyvillamarzo@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @avillamarzo.

eral weeks. Recently the Sharks have won three out of their last five games, including victories over Inverness Citrus, Holiday Anclote and rival Central. The Sharks have a chance to get over the .500 mark for the first time this season early on in January. No. 5 Springstead (2-9, 0-2): Expectations weren’t exactly high going into this season for the Eagles and it looks like they’ll remain low as Springstead has struggled mightily through its first 11 games. A surprising victory over Nature Coast recently has the group playing a bit better as of late, however.

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Boys prep basketball ranking BY ANDY VILLAMARZO HERNANDO SUN WRITER

Week 5 of the regular season for prep boys basketball in the state of Florida begins this week and we here at the Hernando Sun want to give you the Hernando County reader all the insight you can get during the 20182019 campaign. We will be doing a weekly Top 5 ranking of the five teams within Hernando County. We now take a look at the Hernando Sun Top 5 Prep Boys Basketball Poll heading into Week 6 of the regular season. No. 1 Nature Coast (10-1, 4-0): A loss for Nature Coast? Yep, it

happened at the Nature Coast Holiday Invitational last week in the championship game when they faced Land O’ Lakes. The Sharks fell to the Gators 5142, snapping a 10-game winning streak. Nonetheless, Nature Coast still remains the top team in Hernando County. No. 2 Springstead (4-4, 1-1): The Eagles didn’t participate in any Christmas’ tournaments, thus no change in their record or ranking sees movement. Next time the Eagles take the court will be in the Greg O’Connell’s Shootout to begin the year. Springstead will get a chance to get

back on the court to kickoff the New Year’s. No. 3 Hernando (4-5, 2-1): Hernando was another group that opted against playing in any Christmas’ tournament and decided to give players time to spend with families during the holiday. The Leopards will get back on the court next week and jump start the second half of the season with a chance to reach the .500 mark. No. 4 Central (3-6, 0-1): Central didn’t participate in any Christmas’ tournaments, thus no change in their record or ranking sees movement. The Bears are on the court again

on New Year’s in the Glory Days tournament at Springstead. Their first opponent of the tourney will be against New Port Richey Mitchell. No. 5 Weeki Wachee (0-9, 0-5): The Hornets didn’t schedule any games during the winter break and won’t take the court again until January 7th when they face Nature Coast. Weeki Wachee is the lone team in Hernando County that remains winless on the season. Andy Villamarzo can be reached at andyvillamarzo@gmail. com and follow him on Twitter @avillamarzo.

High School Sports Schedules Week 1/7/2019 thru 1/13/2019

Central High School Bears MON

01/07/19

GIRLS SOCCER

UMATILLA

AWAY

03:30:00 PM – 7 PM

MON

01/07/19

BOYS SOCCER

UMATILLA

AWAY

05:15:00 PM

TUES

01/08/19

BOYS BASKETBALL

CITRUS

HOME

6 PM – 7:30 PM

TUES

01/08/19

GIRLS BASKETBALL

CITRUS

AWAY

07:30:00 PM

WED

01/09/19

GIRLS SOCCEER

WEEKI WACHEE

HOME

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Toby Benoit is a best selling novelist and professional outdoorsman with thirty-five years of experience guiding and outfitting for big game all across America. Toby is a renowned archer and turkey hunting expert who manufactures custom game calls and is a regular judge at NWTF sanctioned turkey calling events across the Southeast.

Women on the Hunt

Happy New Year my friends! I hope that each of you enjoyed 2018 and will have a very blessed 2019! For us outdoorsmen, I predict it’ll be a banner year for hunting and trapping here in beautiful, Citrus County. I’m seeing an awful lot of rutting activity on the various WMA’s and the turkey population is once again booming! The new year is beginning on a bit of a sad note for myself and many archers around our county, as we learned of the passing of Eileen “Mom” Creason. Mom and her late husband Garland “Pop” Creason had been true legends amongst the Florida Archery industry. Having begun their business in the mid-1950’s as Creason’s Custom Arrows, they later expanded upon their, contracting with Bear Archery and opened a full service archery pro-shop in Tampa in the late 1960’s. Eventually, Mom and Pop moved their business to the northern end of the Citrus WMA where Creason’s Archery flourished and became the iconic fixture in our industry as we know it today. Mom didn’t hunt often with her husband, greatly preferring the competitive ranges and she founded the Citrus County Archers in 1978, a club of competitive archers still active today at their range near Dunellen. A recipient of many awards and honors amongst her industry peers, Eileen “Mom” Creason, will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences go out to all who knew and loved her. In her time, Mom was a pioneer of women’s archery during a time when such competitions and hunt camps were overwhelmingly male dominated. And that really has gotten me thinking of how far our sport has come. Women in the outdoors and involved in the shooting sports are very much mainstream these days and their numbers are still growing. I enjoyed conversing with my friend, HR Ross about this only recently. HR is the owner of the Ross Hammock Ranch, the most epic hunting preserve you could hope to visit, and situated just north of our county line. I asked him, if he has noted any increases in lady hunters participating on the hunts at his ranch and he answered, “We are seeing a lot of adult female hunters, literally from age 18 to 80. For example, new Ross Hammock Ranch client, Karen Cartwright (80+) came a couple months ago and took a beautiful BlackBuck antelope, and immediately booked a Spring ‘19 Osceola Hunt. A recent University of Alabama Grad (age 21), bow hunter, is coming back again with her Grand Dad in about a week.”

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Despite runner-up finish, 6th annual Sharks Christmas tournament a rousing success

Hughes Senior AB Harouna attempts to retrieve the ball during the championship game against Wesley Christian 6’10” Senior Arol Kachoul.Photos by ALICE MARY HERDEN. BY JOE CARLINO HERNAND SUN WRITER

Despite runner-up finish, 6th annual Sharks Christmas tournament a rousing success Last week, the Nature Coast Sharks played host to their 6th-annual Christmas tournament, which sees some incredible talent come out to have some fun and get some more experience under their belt. Sharks head coach Dave Pisarcik continues to gain knowledge and tactics for future years, and always seems to get some incredible squads to participate, most notably the Alonso Ravens and Zephyrhills Bulldogs. And like most other years, Pisarcik gets to play host to schools from outside the Florida area, giving some schools in the area a chance to understand how other states play basketball. To Pisarcik, being a former collegiate basketball player and All-American, the opportunity to see these players ahead of the college atmosphere can give experience which can only lead to benefits in the future. Below is a recap of the tournament, one section for each bracket. Bracket B: Sharks fall in championship Coming into the “B” bracket of the tournament, the Sharks were undefeated and considered one of the two heavy favorites. The other was Wesley Chapel, who were also unbeaten prior to Wednesday’s beginning. By the end, both squads

would suffer their first loss; Nature Coast’s just came later than the Wildcats. In this bracket, the Sharks would defeat the Jefferson Dragons, then beat the Armwood Hawks (who gave Wesley Chapel the loss) in the second round, but would falter to the Land O’ Lakes Gators in the championship, losing 51-42 in a battle that came down to the wire, but ultimately gave the visitors their second overall win of the tournament (they were champions in 2014). The Gators made it to the final by beating Plant High in the first round and beating in-county opponent Zephyrhills in the semifinals. In the championship, the Sharks shot a dismal 35% from the field (7 of 20) and only 23% from downtown (7 of 30). They were led by senior guard Robert Gomez, who had a team-high 15 points. On the other side, the Gators shot 26% from the field (5 of 19) but converted on 50% of their three-point attempts (10 of 20) and added 10 points from the free throw line. The Gators were led by the duo of Chase Farmer and Mekhi Perry, who combined for 31 points against the Sharks. Bracket A: National team reigns supreme In the other bracket of NCT’s tournament, which usually has the primo teams face off against one another, the two schools in the championship game both came from out-ofstate: the Hughes Big Red from Cincinnati and the Wesley Christian Circuit

Land O’ Lakes Gators take home the championship title against Nature Coast Saturday night. Ending score Land O’ Lakes 51 to Nature Coast 42

Not surprising at all as the current state of the outdoors industry is jumping with the excitement brought to our sport by the ladies. HR went on, “We are seeing lots of Moms, bringing their sons to hunt. Perhaps for one reason or another Dad may not be around the house or available. Moms are still observant and they see how badly their son wants to hunt. I have a Mom from Tampa arriving today, having booked a three-day hunt for her 18 year old son. That’s one smart Mom! I always got a pair of socks for Christmas, and this lucky young man is getting a hunt! Mom of the Year candidate in my book!” Agreed, that was one heck of a thoughtful Christmas gift! This one may be surprising, but we see alot of young girls, say age 8 to 18 that love to hunt, and in many cases are

brought by their Dad’s that are not hunters. On Sunday, I have a US Military member that is bringing his 11 year old daughter, who is already an “accomplished” hunter, for a 1 week Florida adventure to include hunting an Axis Buck, hunting an alligator, horse back riding, fishing, hiking, and hanging out on the front porch (and campfire

Riders from Allen, Kentucky. Incidentally, both schools were also competing in Pisarcik’s tournament for the first time. And in this game, the Circuit Riders, who play a national schedule and are ranked in the “Fab 50”, utilized their size, speed, and teamwork to prevent the squad from one state north from returning home with the trophy, winning 88-77. To get to the final, Wesley Christian absolutely crushed the Sunlake Seahawks in the first round, and in the game of the entire tournament, went right down to the wire against Wharton and emerged with a 53-51 win. For Hughes, they defeated Clearwater 67-54 in the first round and Alonso in the semifinals by a score of 64-56. For Wesley Christian, they shot 71% from the field (24 of 34) and 42% from downtown (5 of 12). What was critical towards their victory, however, was how many times the Circuit Riders got foul shots (43 attempts, 25 converted). On the other side, the Big Red shot 66% from the field (25 of 35) but converted only 20% of their threes (5 of 25). One thing to keep an eye on from this bracket: keep an eye out for Paul McMillan, a player from Hughes. The point guard, a freshman, had arguably the greatest single-game performance in either bracket, going for 40 points in the championship game against a dominant national team. He will be a future star down the road and might have NBA-level talent. For Hernando county schools, there are multiple tournaments teams are slated to participate in. For the Sharks, they will be taking part in the Carrollwood Sun Bash, which is slated to begin on January 2nd at Carrollwood Day High. For the Springstead Eagles, they are currently playing host to their annual New Year’s Day tournament, which also features the Central Bears. And for

at night) just talking to each other.” I can surely see a lot of that going on, as there is no better way to bond than to head outdoors with your family. As always, I’d love to hear about your adventures and maybe see a photo or two of your successes, so drop me a line at Toby@ HernandoSun.com. God bless and Good Hunting!

Lakeisha Woodard on the archery range preparing for an upcoming hunt.

the Hernando Leopards, their girls team is currently hosting their holiday tournament, which features not only their girls, but the Sharks’ girls and local powerhouse Weeki Wachee. All told, these

schools are not taking the holiday break lightly, because soon, it’ll be time for the real tournament: the FHSAA state championship tournament, where it’s win or go home.

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Winemaking the modern way Couple offer personalized service for wine making enthusiasts By SUE QUIGLEY HERNANDO SUN WRITER

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10318216 “Maybell” female, senior CONFISCATION CASE: 12429 Ponce De Leon, Blackrock Kennel. Yesterday the shelter was awarded custody of 19 female, older adult Labrador Retrievers from Blackrock Kennels. The majority of these labs are in poor condition, majority have significant dental issues, hair loss, flea infestations (treated), long nails (pedicures done), numerous lumps and bumps, some are very thin. All of these dogs will be placed up for adoption or rescue. All of these ladies have wonderful sweet temperaments and just want human companionship and love. Most are shy and timid. Unfortunately, none have any leash manners (will not walk on lead) and will need a home with time and patience. These are former breeders and were retired by the Kennel. These girls are deserving of a family, a soft place to lie and a place to call home. If you are interested in any of these beautiful girls please come down to the shelter to place your application. Hernando County Animal Services is located at 19450 Oliver Street in Brooksville, behind the County Fairgrounds. We are open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30pm and Saturday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Our adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip, rabies vaccination and county license. Please contact us with any questions or if you are interested in completing an application. Phone 352-796-5062 and email ac@hernandocounty.us Hernando County Animal Services is located at 19450 Oliver Street in Brooksville, behind the County Fairgrounds. We are open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30pm and Saturday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Our adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip, rabies vaccination and county license.If interested in completing an application, call 352-796-5062 and email ac@ hernandocounty.us

Gone are the days where grape stomping was used in traditional winemaking to release the juices and begin the fermentation process.  Nowadays, winemaking doesn’t have to be as theatrical or energetic and with absolutely no bare feet involved whatsoever. All one needs are the right ingredients like those sold by Lori Stover and Pat Bassett at Once Upon a Vine in Spring Hill.  Stover, a retired school teacher and Pat Bassett, a retired sheriff’s deputy, launched their winemaking company in August this year. The store offers wine-making instruction and coaching on the premises — as well as offering wine making kits and supplies to those who prefer to make their wine at home. “I never used to drink wine until a friend introduced us to a bottle of homemade wine they had made themselves,” said Stover. “I loved its sweetness and it didn’t have that “after bite” that some storeLori Stover opened the wine making business in 2018 along with her partner Pat Bassett. bought wines have.”   Stover and Bassett were so impressed, they started making their own wine from wine kits after which their store — Once Upon a Vine — was born.  “It took us a lot to get here,” she said. “Not only did we have to find the perfect location, we also had to undergo strict building code rules and also health department restrictions.” Stover explained how important cleanliness is in the process of successful wine making so all equipment at the store are  maintain a high standard of hygiene and sanitation at their store premises,  “Cleaning and sanitizing equipment rates as the most crucial step in the winemaking,” Stover noted. Once Upon a Time has over 40 different types of wine from Reds to “Winemakers cannot skimp on this.” White. Each kit can produce 28-32 7.5ml bottles.

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World premiere of a local teacher’s screenplay

Hollywood, complete with red carpet and press coverage, came to downtown St. Petersburg on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 with the world premiere of Bernie the Dolphin. Co-scripted by Spring Hill teacher and screenwriter Terri Emerson, the film tells the story of two children who save a beloved dolphin and his pod, along with an environmentally-sensitive cove from an unscrupulous real estate developer. Although the movie’s setting is St. Augustine, near Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the film was shot primarily in Pinellas County. Emerson was approached by Tony Armer and Marty Poole, the producers, who sent her the treatment and asked if she could write the script. “I immediately said, ‘Yes,’ ” Emerson explains, excitedly. “It took approximately two months to write the script. It started with Tony and Marty’s treatment. Then, we all worked together to flesh out the story,” she continues. A treatment is a piece of prose, typically the step between scene cards (index cards) and the first draft of a screenplay for a motion picture, television program, or radio play. The three would collaborate on ideas and changes that needed to be made. After that, Emerson did several edits and sent the script to her collaborators who also made changes and added to the screenplay. The next step was casting the film. The producers auditioned seasoned actors, as well as newcomers. They tapped Lola Sultan to play one of the leading roles, Holly Ryan, a young girl who is smart, sensitive

and an animal lover who seemingly communicates with dolphins. The ten-year-old Californian has been acting and modeling since she was six years old. She has acted in seven feature films alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including James Franco, Selena Gomez and Robert Duvall. Fourteen-year-old Logan Allen from Kissimmee, Florida plays Holly’s brother, Kevin. In the movie he is a budding filmmaker and environmental crusader. In real life, Logan aspires to continue with his acting career and possibly become a director one day. Bernie the Dolphin is his first feature film, but he has appeared in several commercials, TV shows, and short films. Playing the children’s parents are Patrick Muldoon and Dahlia Lagault. Early in his career, Muldoon played in the TV series Who’s the Boss and the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. Canadian-born Legault is best known for her work on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Rounding out the main characters are Winston Mills (the nefarious real estate developer) played by Kevin Sorbo and Sidney Simms (the Marineland employee and childrens’ ally), played by Lily Cardone. The film was directed by Kirk Harris, founder of the indie production/distribution company Rogue Arts LLC. The company has produced eight feature films and handled the distribution of nearly fifty films. Harris has also acted in several Indie films. It was through the efforts of Tony Armer, the Film Commissioner for Pinellas County, that the production of Bernie the Dolphin was brought to this area. The majority of

Logan Allen, left and Lola Sultan, right young stars of Bernie the Dolphin

Terri Emerson, screenwriter and teacher in Spring Hill

the filming took place at Ft. Desoto Park. The rest of the movie was filmed in and around Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine. Production and post-production took a year. Terri Emerson is a full time second grade teacher in Pasco County, a mother of three grown children and a grandmother to four-year-old Aleksandr, daughter Summer’s son. Her entire family, including her mother who passed away at the beginning of 2018, have been very supportive of her screenwriting. She has successfully juggled her teaching career and her literary vocation. “Fortunately, I have summers off and I was able to write Bernie the Dolphin during summer break. When I work on other scripts I write after work and over the weekend. I write every day,” Emerson remarks. In addition to Bernie the Dolphin, she has written a sequel, which will begin filming soon. Emerson has also penned several other screenplays and is in the process of writing another comedy. Her dream is to one day have her other works make it to the big screen. To develop her screenwriting skills, Emerson took classes at Screen-

writingU from Hal Croasmun and she is active in a local screenwriters group. The prestigious entertainment company Lionsgate is distributing Bernie the Dolphin worldwide. For more information on Terri Emerson go to her personal Facebook page: Terri Lynn Emerson and her professional page: The Movie Script Chick. For more information on Bernie the Dolphin – screening locations and a look behind the scenes go to https://www.berniethedolphinfilm.com/. You can also see full biographies of cast members and crew at https:// www.imdb.com/title/ tt7549618/fullcredits

Logan Allen, left and Patrick Muldoon

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Once Upon a Time customers, Joanne Stuart, Jonathan Lamson and Linda LeClaire-LeBlanc created their wine for Christmas gifts.

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Once Upon A Vine offers a range of 45 kits ranging from $90 up to the more expensive wines at $230. They include Chardonnays, Merlots, Australian and Italian wines, Malbec and more. Depending on which variety of wine is chosen, the kit contains all you need to start your batch of wine — a bag of juice concentrate, small packages of bentonite, potassium sorbate, and yeast for example. Other kits may include packages of oak chips, some with small pieces some with big chunks. Some of the sweet wine kits may require extra flavoring ingredients. If a customer chooses to make their wine in the store, Stover and Basset offer a personalized coaching service. 

After the customer has chosen their kit, Once Upon A Vine will coach the customer on mixing the ingredients in a bucket to start the fermenting process. The mixture is left to ferment and usually takes about 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, the second visit involves “degassing” the wine where wine is transferred from the starting bucket to a glass carboy and left for a couple of more weeks. The last step is called ‘racking your wine.’ This involves transferring the wine from one carboy to another to continue the clarifying process. Both the buckets and the carboys are left in a dark, climate-controlled room until a beautiful jewel-colored liquid is ready to be bottled. “This is the fun part,” said Stover. “This is when customers feel that

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sense of achievement and see their wine go into bottles.” The bottles are sterilized, siphoned with wine and corked with a special piece of equipment. Once Upon A Vine also offers a label design service and extra wine bottles for a small charge. “We love what we do and it’s so rewarding to see our customers happy with their wines,” the couple said. “Our wines are not only pleasing to the palate but contain less sulfites and cost much less than store-bought wines, Stover said. “Each kit contains all you need to make up to 28 to 30 bottles of wine ranging from $6.75 to $11.50 a bottle.” “That’s a pretty good investment for even the most expensive kit we offer,” Stover said.

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The reinforcements arrived on March 6, and together from front page they were able to drive off the Seminoles. After the ability of the massacre on December 31, Seminoles to hold off a 1835, Territorial Governor force of a thousand solRichard Keith Call and diers, General Scott came his force of less than 800 up with grand plan. Five regulars and volunteer thousand troops in three militiamen from north Florida sought to attack the columns would attack Seminole stronghold. They the Seminoles from three directions. The columns were unaware of the fate were all delayed, so they of Francis Dade and the soldiers. While attempting arrived at different times. to cross the Withlacoochee Two of the columns arrived they came under heavy fire on March 28 and the third arrived on March 30. On from the Seminoles. The soldiers were able to drive March 29 the soldiers had them back and recross the crossed the Withlacoochee and found the villages in river. The battle became the Cove of the Withlaknown as the Battle of coochee deserted. Withlacoochee and was It was decided that they seen as a loss for the army. could move quicker withMany of the volunteers’ out the sick and wounded. service expired at the end of the year and a new cam- They left Major Mark paign had to be organized. Anthony Cooper with five companies and a small It took time for the artillery company along military to raise the necwith the sick and wounded essary troops. There were on the west shore of Lake only around 550 regular Holathlikaha on the Westsoldiers in Florida at the time of the Dade Massacre. ern edge of the Cove. All General Gaines led a force together Major Cooper had almost 400 soldiers. The of 1100 US Soldiers who soldiers under Major Coosailed from New Orleans per built a stockade fort on and arrived in Tampa on a rise overlooking the lake February 10, 1836. They went to recover the bodies as protection against Indian attack. It was quickly tested from the massacre reachas they were attacked by ing Dade Battlefield on Osceola and a large group February 20 and burying of warriors (more than the soldiers. 500 warriors). There were After burying the several battles between the soldiers, General Gaines’ force continued on to Fort Seminoles and the soldiers, King for supplies, but Fort but soldiers were able to fight off the attacks. King was low on supplies, Just as supplies were so the force headed to Fort Drane near Williston running out at Fort Cooper, where they received seven General Scott returned on April 18 with more soldiers days worth of rations. and supplies. Major CooThey decided to return to Fort Brooke via a different per, the five companies, trail, so they could engage the sick and wounded were evacuated. Fort Cooper was the Seminoles in their stronghold: the Cove of the named after Major Cooper. It was manned from 1836 Withlacoochee. General Gaines was unable to cross until 1842. The proximate of a Fort the Withlacoochee due Cooper and other Forts and to the Seminoles rifle fire. the ability of the soldiers General Gaines requested to enter the Cove of the reinforcements while his Withlacoochee convinced forces battled with the Seminoles for over a week. the Seminole leaders that the cove was no long a safe General Gaines’ force ran out of provisions and they haven. In November, General were forced to eat their Call returned with a large horses, mules and dogs. force of volunteers, regular

Map Detail : 1839 Map of the seat of war in Florida : compiled by order of Bvt. Brigr. Genl. Z. Taylor, principally from the surveys and reconnaissances of the officers of the U.S. Army, by Capt. John Mackay and Lieut. J.E. Blake, U.S. Topographical Engineers ; W.J. Stone sc. Washn

soldiers, and Creek Indians. They approached the Seminole stronghold and found a large Indian trail. On November 21, 1836, General Call and his soldiers engaged the Seminoles at the Wahoo Swamp. The soldiers attempted to pursue the Seminoles into the swamp, but it was difficult to determine a good route through the swamp. Major David Moniac who was the first Native American to graduate from West Point was killed in this battle trying to determine the depth of the water. The constant pressure applied by the army led to the Seminoles to sign the “Fort Dade Capitulation” on March 18, 1837. Seminole Chiefs Jumper and Alligator along with US General Thomas S. Jesup signed the

agreement. The Seminoles were to be moved to western lands, but after signing the agreement and collecting compensation they slipped away. This was the end of the large Seminole

settlements in the area. After this the major battles with the Seminoles were in other areas of the state. U.S. Army officially recorded 1,466 deaths in the Second Seminole War,

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File No. 272018CP001230CPAXMX IN RE: THE ESTATE OF JULIANNE C. CORBIT A/K/A JULIANNE CORBIT, Deceased.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HERNANDO COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION Probate File Number: 2018CP001054CPAXMX IN RE: THE ESTATE OF GAIL E. THEISEN, Deceased.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of the estate of JULIANNE C. CORBIT A/K/A JULIANNE CORBIT, deceased, whose date of death was February 20, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Hernando County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 20 N. Main Street, Brooksville, Florida 34601. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.

The administration of the estate of Gail E. Theisen, deceased whose date of death was July 23, 2018, Probate File Number 2018CP001054CPAXMX is pending in the Circuit Court for Hernando County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 20 North Main St., Brooksville, Florida 34601. The name and address of the personal representatives and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this Court including: (1) All claims against the estate and (2) Any objection by an interested person to whom notice is served that challenges the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative, venue, or jurisdiction of the court. SUCH REQUIRED WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.

The date of first publication of this Notice is December 28, 2018. Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ GLEN C. ABBOTT Email: glen@glenabbottlaw.com Florida Bar No. 235911 109 N.E. 4th St. Crystal River, Florida 34429 Telephone: (352) 795-5699

Publication of this notice has begun on December 28, 2018. Bernard A. Theisen, III Personal Representative 1396 E. Trail 28, Brooksville, Florida 34601

Personal Representative: /s/ EDWARD F. CORBIT EDWARD F. CORBIT 7505 Hawthorne Drive Port Richey, Florida 34668

Dravin Dixon, Attorney for Personal Representative Florida Bar No. 0952620 Post Office Box 696 Brooksville, Florida 34605 352-442-6770

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teachers to know that she heard them and promised that decisions would not be made in a vacuum or from page 6 with intent to harm anyone associated with the disSchool Board trict. Hatch said she looks Comments forward to working with the teachers as they work Gus Guadagnino – “It toward a solution. is not us against you.” GuaLinda Prescott – Though dagnino stated that it was things are difficult, Prescott not a question of whether said she has hope because the teachers deserved pay of the quality of Hernando increases or not. The school County’s teachers. She board only managed availmentioned the culture of able funding. He offered to micromanagement that drive a bus to Tallahassee, exists in Tallahassee as where he said the problem being one issue. Ten school is. districts were approved for Jimmy Lodato – He tax increases, and one was thanked teachers and their even allowed to have two supporters for attending and tax increases. The issues said that he was touched by facing both the teachers and their explanations and com- the board come from Tallaments. They asked the board hassee, and they (at the state for a solution to a long-term level) need to be educated. problem. He offered to drive Prescott said that these a second bus to Tallahassee. are not new issues but were Lodato said teacher salaries common even in other states are an issue across the state, where she has worked. The but there is “a movement” perception that teachers to make a change. have three-month vacaKay Hatch - She said tions and only work during she recognized that many of school hours has changed. the teachers and audience The public is now realizing members took part in the the importance of teachers campaign to elect her to the as the future, she said, and school board and promised that gives Prescott hope. to do her best for them. “People…are finally waking Hatch acknowledged the up, and that to me is very, validity of the problem and very encouraging,” Prescott said she would work with said. the board members and with Ryan Bradley – “On teachers with the goal of behalf of all of our students, strengthening the commuyour work is very much apnity. preciated,” she said. Bradley Hatch said she had no recognized the efforts of her idea what it would be like former and current teachers, to sit on the board, and still and what all teachers do to doesn’t, since she is new. bring students to where they She said she wanted the are today.

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Goertz Jane M., age 82, of Spring Hill, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. She is survived by her husband Gordon; son Gordon Jr. (Nancy); daughter Mary “Meg” (Steve); 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Susan Duval – Duval thanked those who spoke to the board. “You speak from the heart, and always have the best interest in mind for our students. You are valued, appreciated, and supported. Together we will make this work for all.” John Stratton – Stratton stated he knows from personal experience how hard the teachers in the district work, including all the hours they work outside of the classroom. “We are committed to competitive salaries,” he said, at all levels, whether instructional or non-instructional. With a low unemployment rate, job seekers can be choosy. In order to fill positions (as teachers, administrators, or maintenance) higher pay is needed. But the funds are limited, and the district has a spending deficit. The reserve funds will not last. Unless county taxes can increase, there will be no replenishment of the reserves. Stratton said they will need to work together to find ways to increase revenue, “so you can be paid what you’re worth.” He said negotiating contracts should not focus on just a year or two. Cutting services is not desirable, and the district does not want to repeat 2008. “But there will come a tipping point where we’re outspending what we’re bringing in,” Stratton said. He asked for input and ideas on how to increase revenue.

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centers at schools. Prescott referred to Stratton and from page 6 the possibility of the UCF grant. Jordan recommended gathering data from last Michael hit the Panhandle. year and this year to show Some equipment is 10 the statistics and benefits years old, so upgrading is of the programs, perhaps essential. Digital Classroom adding it to next year’s Program (DCP) funds range platform. from $625,000-$825,000 The $7 million appropriannually and are never ation request was removed enough to meet the district’s from the platform. The needs. Stratton added that priority list was shortened a minimum of $1.7 million to include only the transannually over the course portation request, teacher of five years (in addition to recruitment, and CTE DCP funds) would allow program. the district to replace stuJohnson suggested redent-used computers. questing money to advertise Johnson again disagreed VPK. Narverud suggested and Narverud suggested a statement that K-12 educhanging the request to cation supported VPK and an “ask” for community

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Prescott agreed. Prescott noted that students who are properly prepared won’t need remedial classes when they get to college. Board member Susan Duval was not asked her opinion during the meeting but asked to speak. Rather than eliminate the appropriation request altogether, she suggested requesting only one-third of the $7 million to at least upgrade a larger portion of the computers. Foster suggested using the $1.7 million as mentioned earlier as it is a more reasonable amount. “I think anything is better than nothing,” Duval said, and Narverud agreed.

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OPINION

Counties across Florida should be interested in why I filed a lawsuit against the Hillsborough transit referendum OP-ED Hillsborough Commissioner White on Surtax Lawsuit In the recent general election, the Hillsborough County Charter was amended by an initiative to enact a 30year transportation surtax. This initiative included provisions that span far beyond the enactment of the surtax. So, this past week I filed a lawsuit in my official capacity as a county commissioner to challenge the Hillsborough County transportation referendum on the grounds that it is inconsistent with Florida statutes. Hillsborough County’s charter is like the county’s constitution, with one key exception: Hillsborough County is not sovereign; counties in Florida are legally classified as political subdivisions of the state. This means a county charter may not enact provisions that are inconsistent with the powers given to counties by Florida law, including Florida statutes and the Florida Constitution. Florida statutes are general laws. The referendum that passed is a special law; however, special laws cannot supersede general laws, which is what the referendum seeks to do. If this were permissible under Florida law, then private citizens, with respect to any issue, could take matters into their own hands in order to contravene the general laws of Florida. This is why I filed the lawsuit: in order to protect the rule of law in Florida. With this in mind, it’s important to note a few things: 1) this transportation surtax was placed on the ballot in accordance with Section 8.03 of the county charter, which allows the charter to be amended by citizen-led initia-

tives and prescribes what must be done in order to amend the charter in this way; 2) a county may enact a transportation surtax pursuant to Chapter 212, Florida Statute; and 3) I have taken an oath of office whereby I promised to “support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States and of the State of Florida, and the Hillsborough County Charter.” Section 8.03 of the Hillsborough County Charter exists for good reason. I strongly believe the power to control government should always be vested with the people. Unfortunately, the irony is that this provision within the charter can actually be used by monied special interests to bypass elected officials, and everyday citizens, in an attempt to control government. With this route, there are no safeguards to ensure the amendment is consistent with Florida law, like there would be going through the county commission or with the Charter Review Board. In this instance, I believe the transportation initiative in question was placed on the ballot utilizing paid staff, the ballot summary was confusing, and it was done with little regard to the everyday citizen. In addition to enacting a tax, this charter amendment puts in place several other provisions that are inconsistent with Florida law. First, it apportions how the tax revenue must be spent. This is inconsistent with Florida statutes governing transportation surtax referenda, as it takes away the duty and obligation of elected county commissioners to budget and appropriate tax revenues. It denies the people of this county the ability to petition their elected officials to change course as things change, as this initiative

locks the funds into being allocated a certain way for 30 years. Second, this initiative creates an independent oversight committee with veto power over specific transportation projects the county commission might seek to fund. This would create a scenario where an unelected body, unaccountable to the people, has the power to steer the expenditure of the people’s hard-earned tax dollars toward projects that might not meet the will of the people. Instead, it should be elected officials, directly accountable to the citizens, that have sole authority on expending these funds. Florida statutes are clear on this, which is why the creation of this independent oversight committee conflicts with state law. This issue is bigger than Hillsborough County or any individual’s philosophy on new taxes. The decision in this case will set legal precedent throughout the entire State of Florida. It’s about protecting our system of government, which empowers the everyday citizen. If the judicial branch of our government agrees that these charter provisions are unlawful, I will work diligently with the citizens of this county and with my fellow commissioners to search for a meaningful plan that benefits citizens across the county, to address our transportation needs. If the judicial branch rules the charter initiative should stand, I will dutifully and faithfully implement these provisions. There’s too much on the line not to question the lawfulness of this amendment. Our system of government is on the line, the true power of the people is on the line and we deserve answers before moving forward. Stacy White is the Hillsborough County Commissioner for District 4.

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Micro manage the child at home, not at school

Modern parents too frequently have things reversed. They are permissive at home allowing their children to do and have whatever they want. They do not set limits on behavior or teach moral values that assist youngsters in fulfilling their goals. However, as soon as the child leaves the nest and enters school the parents attempt to micro manage the teacher’s actions with their precious child. The parent’s unrealistic hope is their child will be treated as if he is the only child in the class. They believe their child’s uniqueness, lack of conformity and the parent’s self-important status requires him to be treated as special. Parents are worried the teacher might treat their child abruptly and harshly to bring his behavior inline with age appropriate behavior. These parents do not understand that meddling in school, the first opportunity the child has to function independently outside the home, is going to hinder his maturing into a functional person. It is true that all of us are different and develop at different rates but we still have to conform to certain expectations and standards of behavior and moral values to make us culturally appropriate. When these lessons are not learned at home, it falls on the school to inculcate them. This task becomes more complicated and difficult the older the child. Teaching every rudimentary skill like listening, potty training, waiting one’s turn and following natural and logical rules is being delayed or totally ignored. Not everyone can be first in line. Since many students are coming from single parent homes without extended family involvement, they never learn the need to contribute to others. Almost all modern children have limited opportunity to share and contribute in these affluent times. Whatever the child desires is often given to him without question. Since consequences for establishing certain important behaviors are often taboo for modern parents, they become irate when their child is subjected to these rules by the teacher. School authorities are supposed to use tender loving care to control their child even when he does not respond to it. Teachers need to be allowed to give lessons that cannot be accomplished at home but many modern parents feel these methods are too strict. This means pointing out their child in front of the class for inappropriate actions is unacceptable. Withholding part of recess while holding the teacher’s hand or eating snack or lunch separate from others is seen as cruel and unusual punishment. Any consequence the child does not like the parents will find unacceptable. Today’s children need to be told when they are doing something wrong to learn how to be successful. When the child gets home and complains about an incident the parents think they know from the child’s account exactly what took place. They do not wait to hear the teacher’s version. They come to school and tell the teacher, “my child was not disruptive nor does he lie,” therefore the teacher is immediately put on trial by the parent. Instead of questioning the child, the integrity of the teacher is questioned when it conflicts with the child’s story. The days of parents punishing their child for a bad report card in support of the teacher’s authority are dead. We have come full circle. Previously the teacher’s word was respected. In any mention of misbehavior by the Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/ director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio has a new book, available on Amazon and other sites, entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.

Starch and Polish

My father was in the military, and so from an early age I remember the smell of starch and polish. My mother used Faultless when ironing my dad’s kakis and fatigues, and when I was older he taught me how to spit-shine his boots and shoes, and I did that for years (and is why I never had my kids do that, because how dare he!) However, those smells of home were a kind of comfort to me during my weeks at basic training. The laundry component of the Quarter Master washed our clothes, and sometimes they came back stiff as pressed plywood, but they smelled like starch! And I always finished polishing my boots first, with the small, round can of Kiwi black, and so I walked around and helped other fellow trainees polish theirs, teaching them the tricks of a handkerchief twisted around a pointing finger, a dab of black over and over, and spit on the toes as you rub in a circle hundreds of times to make them shiny. Yeah, I kind of liked taking charge of that. It was the early 80s when they switched from fatigues to BDUs (which we had to buy, damn the civilian military clothing lobbyists!) and we were not allowed to iron them because that would destroy the chemicals—probably carcinogens— that were supposed to prevent infrared detection, but three months later we were told we had to press them because washing got rid of the coating, and again I was smelling starch, now from my own hand of spraying and ironing; I wouldn’t let my wife do it because she couldn’t get the collars and pocket flaps right. So I was both

child, the child was wrong and the teacher was right. Today any reprimand reported to the parent of the child’s behavior requires immediate notification to the parents or a conference. The child is innocent until proven guilty not by the teacher’s description of his misdeeds but by evidence of others besides the reporting teacher and a quasi admission by the child before the parent is convinced. Without the teacher and parents being on the same page the child suffers academically and socially. When

GOOFY STUFF By VINCENT CARDEGIN chagrined and delighted to discover that my grandson, Maestro, didn’t have to do any of that during his basic, or later. His boots are made rough, like in the Koran Conflict and before, and his BDUs are unstarched, always and regardless. Nor did he, nor does he, have to endure that whole other world of wasted time: polishing brass. That’s another chore my dad had me do early in my teens, and I was proficient at it, but I never liked the smell from that screwtop can. As soon as manufacturers invented lacquer-coated collar brass and belt buckles, I, during my stint in the armed forces, purchased those on a regular basis, buying new as soon as one acquired a noticeable scratch. I also bought the plastic low-quarters, hoping to avoid the spit and polish of cloth and brush, but those shoes hurt and made my feet sweat into trenchfoot-like

parents attempt to micromanage the school it is a losing proposition. However, parents micro managing their child at home will increase the probability the child will have the skills and values to make an easy and successful transition from home to school. The parent’s diligence in observing and following up on the child’s behavior at home would automatically substantiate the fact that their child is far from perfect. This observational knowledge of their offspring’s real

pruning. So I continued waxing the leather versions, and boots. Until recently (and by “recently” I mean eighteen or more years ago) I continued polishing my shoes, with daubing and dabbing wax and shining with cotton and camel hair, but not always, just now and then. I eventually realized that I was doing so only when I was stressed, like Alexandre Manette. So I deliberately started buying shoes that don’t need it, rough leather tops. Then two years ago I stopped starching my shirts and pants. I ended ironing altogether. Wash-n-wear had been around for a long time, and finally I am counting on it. It doesn’t really work well, but I ignore it. Throughout the day my body heat unwrinkles everything fine enough. I am now free of all military regimens, including haircuts— and that’s a previous story. But I must say that I’m impressed by Maestro’s choice of service, one that does not keep its troops occupied between wars with starch and polish. Go Air Force!

nature not their projection of the child’s ideal behavior will help them empathize with the teachers instead of resisting their efforts. Parents will feel more comfortable to support authority figures by getting out of their way. This increased confidence in the teacher’s insight into their child’s mind and behavior makes it easier for them to ally with the teacher. This alliance between the parent and the teacher is essential in helping the child become the best he can be.

A brand-new year is here and I’m excited to see what the Lord has for us! Keeping Christ at the center of our thoughts takes a great deal of discipline and determination but so does everything else we really care about. It comes down to how serious we are about knowing God and how willing we are to give him total control of our life. Whatever we become involved with, he simply wants us to listen and obey his instructions which is the reason we are here. If we abide under the shadow of his wings, we will walk in the peace and joy of his Spirit but if we choose to live our own way, we will remain empty and miserable. Matthew chapter 22 gives us the meaning of life, “Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” Actually, the Bible contains many passages where God declares how much he loves us and wants to save us but most of the time we’re so busy making our own decisions that we hardly ever consider the distractions that are preventing us from serving him. In the book of Revelation, chapter two, he’s disappointed with how the Ephesians had left their “first love” and today is a perfect time for us to examine our heart and think about this important decision. The incarnation, crucifixion, and the resurrection is all about God’s passion to have a personal relationship with us. At this time of year, we start planning our resolutions and it’s the perfect occasion to start developing spiritual lifestyle changes. You notice I used the word “developing” because drawing closer to God is a process of patience much like losing weight, exercising or any other type goal in which we are working toward a goal. For example, eating a salad today is not going to automatically fix our weight problem but it’s a positive first step and the same is true with learning how to become a follower of Christ. There have been many adaptations from the original Alanon credo that warns everyone to be realistic about trying to change everything all at once because personal transformation is a lifestyle change that will require serious concentration and perseverance. It’s great to have long-term goals and we should release our faith into accomplishing our destiny, but it’s also important to focus on our mission one day at a time. It would be much better to go slow with permanent results than to rush and become overwhelmed with frustration and disappointment. Philippians 3:14 says, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus” and this reveals a critical truth that no one else can do this for us. Personal change is always between us and God! A great place to begin would be to dedicate a few minutes each day simply talking with God. Daily Bible reading is another excellent place to give our attention because his words are spiritual nourishment to our soul and will help fill our mind and heart with strength and confidence. A new way of thinking will require courage and a fierce tenacity because our old nature hates to be disciplined and to surrender control. Also, as many of you know, the Christian life is a serious challenge because of the added resistance from the dark side. Long story short; it’s not easy but absolutely worth it! I’ve recorded an 80-minute CD where I narrate over 100 encouraging Bible passages and includes prayers, and several original songs that are filled with hope, joy and faith. This is an encouraging resource for those who would like to fill their mind and soul with God’s promises. Contact me and I would be glad to send you a free copy. God is always faithful, and if we look at the past year, we will notice that he has been working in our lives even when we did not realize it. This coming year, may you discover the wonders of God’s love and receive the peace and contentment you are searching for. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become brand new” II Corinthians 5:17. William F. Holland Jr., DD., C.ED.D. is a Christian minister, chaplain, and author. Discover more about his ministry at billyhollandministries.com can be contacted at P.O. Box 1394, Nicholasville, KY 40340


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