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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.

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

August 15, 2017 - 10:42

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.

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