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4x in 5 years: Monster Transmission makes Inc. 5000 list

Making Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list is quite an accomplishment, but doing it for 4 times within 5 years is an even bigger one.

Businesses apply to be listed, but only the fastest growing companies in America make the cut. This is determined by a number of factors including gross sales over a three year time period (which cannot be under $1 million) and employee count. The figures submitted are certified by a CPA.

Students get ahead with agriscience program at Parrott Middle School

Students enrolled in Parrott Middle School’s agriscience program; From left to right 1. Thalia Gryzb 2. Alyssa Ciffey 3. Kayla Zayas 4. Dillon Webb 5. Mayra Garcia 6. Milla Marshall 7. Ashley Mathis

Dolores S. Parrott Middle School developed an agriscience program that is giving students a leg up in high school. Principal Brent Gaustad showed off the program, he was obviously extremely proud of it.

The agriscience program is run by Mrs. Tiffany Howland who was the Hernando county’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. She is well known for teaching eighth-grade algebra. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in agricultural science.

The assassination of Judge William Center: one of many murders after reconstruction

Oldest portion of the current county courthouse, built in 1913 by J.F. Jenkins and Company

County Judge William Center was assassinated outside his home in Brooksville on June 4, 1879 in the early morning. According to his family and newspaper accounts at the time, Judge William Center was about to reveal who had set fire to the Hernando County Courthouse in 1877 when he was assassinated.

In Hernando Beach, firehouse project strengthens community

The Eagle Mural final product. Photos by Diane Greenwell.

Since the county fire department took over fire rescue service to Hernando Beach earlier this year, much work has been completed inside and outside of the former volunteer fire station. On Aug. 4, 2017, the commission recognized the efforts of all those involved to clean-up the firehouse, while simultaneously building community connections.
Deputy Chief Kevin Carroll explained that a group of artists who offered to paint fire hydrants were recruited to paint murals on the bay doors of the firehouse.

Members of K-9 Partners for Patriots help Congress see benefits of service dogs

Mary Peter and Ron Flaville with K-9 Partners for Patriots, Inc. in Brooksville attended a conference in Washington D.C. last month. Held by the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans, the meeting took place July 17-20.

Peter and Flaville had several purposes in attending the meeting.

“We wanted to identify service dog issues with other veteran service organizations in order to share ‘best practices’ and come up with solutions to those problems,” Ms. Peter states.

Who built it? Artist Lewis Watkins of Brooksville

Sculpture by Lewis Watkins at the West Hernando Library

Lewis Boone Watkins was an accomplished artist from Brooksville. Internationally, his artwork is part of permanent collections in the National Museum in Santiago, Chile and the Vatican Museum in Italy. Nationwide his work is displayed at the West Virginia Fine Arts and Cultural Center, John Davis Fine Arts Center in West Virginia, Leslie Stephens Fine Arts Center in Alabama, Florida State Museum, in the State Capitols of Florida, West Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas and Tennessee, not to mention numerous other private, corporate college and university collections.

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