Weeks Hardware 100 years: Celebrating the importance of family, work ethic and traditional values

Photos by Alice Mary Herden

Weeks Hardware, John Morgan Weeks (right) with two employees. Photo provided by Mrs. Weeks

At Weeks Hardware in downtown Brooksville, Otella Weeks, 87, born in Tennessee and one of twelve siblings, has continued the daily operations of the store following the passing of her husband Joseph Weeks two years ago. Joe Weeks ran the store for 65 years.

The bell rings as a customer walks in “I need some filters,” the gentleman requested. As Otella helps her customer they proceed to the back of the store to check what filters the hardware store has on supply. The gentleman was happy to have found a couple of filters he needed and both walked to the front.

Who was F.W. Springstead?

F.W. Springstead High School

Frank W. Springstead High School has served Hernando County since 1975. This leads to the question of who was Frank W. Springstead and why was the High School named after him.

Frank was born in 1918 in Brooksville and his father was J. D. Springstead. The Springstead family was a prominent early family of the area. When Frank W. Springstead married Ann Eichelberger, they were prominent enough to have their wedding carried on the society page of The Evening Independent on Wednesday, June 22, 1938. The article is quite detailed in the dresses that were worn at the wedding.

SunWest: beach, development and change

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

The Sunwest Park is a beach park on a 70 acre spring-fed lake. The park features white sand beaches, picnic tables, and pavilions. There are also kayaks, paddle boards, and a floating aqua park for people to use for additional charges when there is availability. It has become a popular summer destination for Hernando county residents.

A love story with a model A, a gas station and a big oak tree

Patti and Elwood "Buster" Webb celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 24, 2016 with a gathering of family and friends at Papa Joe's, a popular local restaurant. The couple met as sophomores in Hernando High School in October of 1952. Patti and Buster said they were extremely pleased with the hard work their daughters did to put the event together. They were also happy to see good friends they hadn't seen for years.

Discovering Colonel Raymond Robins

Colonel Raymond Robins had fond memories of his first years in Hernando County. Raymond was sent to live with relatives here after his father lost his inheritance and his mother was committed to an insane asylum. Raymond Robins spent seven years in Brooksville with his first cousin, Mrs. McKay. McKay acted as a foster mother to Robins. The family lived in Bodine Grove, a 100 acre orange grove started by McKay's father Dr. Bodine. As a child he visited the Snow family several times at their home on the top of what is now called Chinsegut Hill.

The Spring Hill Waterfall: a welcoming landmark for nearly 50 years

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

In 1968, the United States was in the throes of the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon was elected President, and Spring Hill was established. It is hard to imagine how the mega land developer, Deltona Corporation, would choose to develop this unspoiled piece of Florida.

The Mackle Brothers created the Deltona Corporation to build their Florida communities. They created the name Deltona by combining Daytona and Delray. It was through Deltona Corporation that Spring Hill, an unincorporated area of Hernando County between Clearwater and Brooksville, was planned and built.


Orlando will likely not forget the early morning hours of June 12th. The shooting death of "The Voice" star Christina Grimmie at The Plaza Live theater in Orlando was still reverberating around the nation. Just 3.5 miles away from the theater where Grimmie was shot the night before, Omar Mateen, a terrorist who pledged allegiance to ISIS took forty-nine lives at the Pulse nightclub, known as "Orlando's hottest gay bar" and wounded 53 more.

Hernando County Native Supports the Future of Naval Aviation

by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class ELECTA BERASSA, Navy Office of Community Outreach

(PATUXENT RIVER, Md.) – A 2007 Central High School graduate and Brooksville, Florida native is serving “Where the future of naval aviation begins” at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, located in Patuxent River, Maryland.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Donovin Christian is an air traffic controller at NAS Patuxent River, responsible for the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic and keeping planes from flying into each other.

Pine Island: Only Public Beach in Hernando County

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato & Kevin White

Beach Day at Pine Island by Elizabeth Dentato

There is only one public beach in Hernando County on the Gulf of Mexico. The beach is called Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Beach Park. The coast line of Hernando County is naturally saltwater marshes, so to get to the barrier islands requires crossing these salt marshes. There is a two and a half mile causeway that is dredged through the salt marshes that leads to the barrier island on which the beach is located.


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