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Struttin’ their stuff

January 20, 2018 - 09:53

Photos by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Over a period of fourteen days, dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds “strutted their stuff” at Florida Classic Park in Brooksville. The event was the Florida Gulf Coast Cluster All Breed Dog Show. Owners, handlers and judges came from all over the United States, as well as Canada and other parts of the world.

Boy, 13, makes wish to be President for one day

December 22, 2017 - 08:59
Preston Hennessey

Not many people would want to be President of the United States. For 13-year-old Preston Hennessey, diagnosed with Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Marfan Syndrome just this past July, spending a week in the Oval Office is his fondest wish.

His mother, Helise Flickstein, has appealed to the Make a Wish Foundation. So far the organization has approved a “Meet and Greet” with President Trump, but Preston would still like to try his hand at governing the United States for a short time. His dream is one day to be President for real.

Brain building lab unveiled

November 07, 2017 - 02:23

Photography by SARAH NACHIN

Eastside Elementary School (EES) unveiled its new MakerSpace Laboratory to a group of students, parents, faculty, school board members and interested citizens on Wednesday, October 25. Assistant Principal Mike Lastra introduced twenty-two student leaders (STEAM Team Ambassadors) who range in age from seven to eleven. The term STEAM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics from the areas that this program encompasses. These Ambassadors are not necessarily the students with the highest grades.

Ernie Chatman honored as 2017 Great Brooksvillian

November 01, 2017 - 23:49
Coach Ernie Chatman by Alice Mary Herden

It was a bittersweet gathering as friends and family of the late Coach “Ernie” Chatman met to honor him with the 2017 Great Brooksvillian Award. The ceremony took place at City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.

Ernie passed away last year of a heart-attack at the age of sixty-six. His widow, Linda; their children and grandchildren were there to hear the accolades and anecdotes related by various individuals who knew the popular coach.

Brooksville Vision Foundation strives to improve our community

November 01, 2017 - 01:06
MIke DeFelice speaks at the BVF meeting on Oct. 17, 2017.  Attorney Darryl Johnston appears in the background

The Brooksville Vision Foundation (BVF) is a nonprofit corporation that, according to its mission statement, “... works side by side with local partners to promote and implement positive economic development while preserving the historical and architectural integrity of Brooksville.”

Early Head Start program holds ribbon cutting in Brooksville, Spring Hill locations planned

October 17, 2017 - 10:16

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Mid Florida Community Services (MFCS) held a ribbon-cutting for the opening of three Early Head Start classrooms at the Brooksville facility. Pat Crowley, President/CEO of the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, along with chamber members, State Representative Blaise Ingoglia, MFCS staff and executives, and the public attended the event.

Returning Airman surprises his son

October 16, 2017 - 10:48
Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan Anger made a surprise visit to greet his five year-old son, Daniel at J.D. Floyd K-8

It was an exciting day for a classroom of kindergartners at J.D. Floyd Elementary School when Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan Anger made a surprise visit to greet his five year-old son, Daniel. Anger had just returned from a four month deployment to Qatar and Afghanistan.

Accompanying Sergeant Anger were his other sons - sixteen year-old Vincent, four year-old Odin and the boys' mother, Tamara.

Anger is in his seventh year as a career Air Force enlisted man. He is an avionics specialist stationed out of Macdill Air Force Base in Tampa.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office Hosts Successful “Night Out”

October 14, 2017 - 09:09

Despite the threat of rain and a brief thunderstorm, several thousand people attended the annual National Night Out event Saturday evening at Target hosted by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. The HCSO had a number of exhibits including those from the K-9 Unit and the Vice and Narcotics Unit.

Local groups partner to address opioid problem

September 05, 2017 - 10:07
From Left to Right: Steve Snider, Barbara Sweinberg, Tresa Watson, Dr. Linda  Lepik, Adam Shehub, Danish Hasan; Photo provided

There has been a lot of focus recently on the growing “opioid epidemic” in the United States – from politicians talking about how best to solve this serious problem to television networks featuring programs about this important health and social issue.

As the name implies, opioids are drugs derived from opium. They act on the nervous system to relieve pain, but continued use and abuse can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Most such as OxyContin, Oxycodone, Percodan and Tylenol with Codeine are legal, with a prescription. Some, like heroin are illegal.

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