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Get to know some GRADUATES

David Swicord during the Nature Coast Technical High School graduation ceremony on May 19, 2017.

At the end of May high schools in the area celebrated their graduates. A few of these high school graduates finished high school with a two year college degree, by taking advantage of the dual enrollment program with PHSC or St. Petersburg College. The graduates are heading to college, starting businesses, and starting careers. There are some graduates that are entering the armed forces.

Many are leaving our community and some will return as doctors, lawyers, businessmen and veterans.

Here are two notable graduates.

Our way of life preserved by some willing to give all

by ROCCO & JULIE B. MAGLIO

Memorial Day at Florida National Cemetery, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day celebrations in the area ranged from somber ceremonial events to eclectic and iconic expressions of American culture.

We should all be thankful to those willing to sacrifice their lives to serve our country. Because of them, we have the opportunity to live in freedom.

The roads were packed with bikers on Monday, many of whom converged upon the Florida National Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony. A group of bikers sponsored by Tampa Bay Defenders met at the rest area near marker 277 on I-75 to make the trek.

“It’s not a Job; it’s a Ministry”

Blessing of the Hands- from left to right: Rachel Provau RN,CNO; Raleifoot Chisholn RN, MBA; Daphne Moise, MD; Sabrina Pistole, RN; Chaplain Jeannie Caamano

National Nurses’ Week is celebrated annually nationwide the first week of May to honor the services that the nursing profession makes to the community.

According to Rachel Provau, Chief Nursing Officer at Bayfront Health Spring Hill, there are a number of ways in which Bayfront t Health Systems takes part in this celebration at both their local branches.

“At the beginning of the week the staff votes on ‘Best of…’ for all nursing categories. On Friday we have a little party in the cafeteria and hand out gift cards to the winners. We also hand out nursing awards.”

From Hernando County to Mars; an interview with astronaut Shane Kimbrough

This photo was taken by astronaut R. Shane Kimbrough on the International Space Station.  You can see Southern Hills Plantation on the bottom right corner and the CEMEX-Brooksville Mine in the center.

On Friday May 12th, while his colleagues Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer were performing the 200th spacewalk at the International Space Station, astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough was able to find some time to speak with us at The Hernando Sun. We ran an article last month about his time on the International Space Station.

Shane Kimbrough has a lot of family in the area. James Walt Kimbrough came to Hernando County in the early 1900’s and was a cattle and citrus farmer in Spring Lake. Recently, many of Shane’s cousins have appeared in The Hernando Sun high school sports section.

J.C. Burwell: Innovator, Publisher & Businessman

First car in Brooksville - Florida. 1909. Black & white photonegative, 4 x 5 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. J.C. and Sally Burwell are in the car; Lucy and Grace Burwell are on the porch of the Burwell home.

In the early days of Hernando county and Brooksville an important figure was John Cabell (J.C.) Burwell. J.C. Burwell was the editor and publisher of The Brooksville Star which he started in 1888. The Brooksville Star was a weekly paper which came out on Friday and was associated with the Democratic Party. It had a circulation of around 500 people.

Two Hernando High baseball players face off in the Majors

Christian Arroyo (left) of the SF Giants and Bronson Arroyo (right) of the Cincinatti Reds before Friday night's game.  Both Arroyos, although unrelated, are from Brooksville and played baseball for Hernando High School.  Photo via #floridacrackerstyle

On Friday Cinco De Mayo a rare occurrence took place during the game that pitted the San Francisco Giants against the Cincinnati Reds. Two players from the same small high school played against each other in a Major League Baseball game. The pitcher for the Reds was Bronson Arroyo and the third baseman for the San Francisco Giant was Christian Arroyo. Both of these players graduated from Hernando High School and even though they share the same last name and hometown, they are unrelated.

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough: 173 days in space

Shane Kimbrough, 50th ISS Commander on a spacewalk Jan. 6, 2017 via Twitter @astro_kimbrough

The Kimbroughs are a prominent Hernando County family. Their Hernando County origins trace back to the early 1900’s with Spring Lake cattle and citrus farmer James Walt Kimbrough. James' grandson Pierce Kimbrough served on the Hernando County School Board in the 1950’s. Their great grandson, Jim Kimbrough, is currently the Chairman of SunTrust Bank, Nature Coast region. (Jim is also the son in law of Alfred McKethan who was a prominent businessman and citrus grower.

Bases loaded in Hernando

Mike Walker coaches a group of players at the MLB Legends Baseball Clinic on April 1, 2017.

Hernando County is an amazing place for children to learn the game of baseball or softball. We have many experienced coaches, some who have even played in the Majors.

Hernando Youth Leagues runs Dixie baseball leagues in Brooksville, Ridge Manor, and Spring Hill. The Brooksville Dixie Baseball and softball leagues have a long tradition of success. The Spring Hill league has had lots of recent success winning several World Series titles in different age groups.

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