Hazel Land’s years of legal service and activism

September 17, 2017 - 10:01
Hazel Land- photo courtesy of Ms. Land

Eighty-five year old Hazel Land has seen a lot of changes. Hazel was born and raised in Brooksville, grew up in the Jim Crow era and attended a segregated high school. The youngest of three girls, Hazel recounts her large family structure, noting that her grandmother had 15 children, which included a set of triplets.

Expanding Bendickson Reef

September 05, 2017 - 10:16

Photography by LISA MACNEIL lisa@hernandosun.com

A barge is loaded with cement structures ready to deploy into the water at Bendickson Reef on Friday Aug. 25, 2017.  Photo by Lisa MacNeil

The Hernando Sun has been following the building of artificial reefs under the direction of Aquatic Services Manager Keith Kolasa. According to several members of the Hernando County Port Authority who were present at the Bendickson Reef on August 25, 2017 the reef project’s history began more than twenty years ago.

Students get ahead with agriscience program at Parrott Middle School

August 29, 2017 - 10:17
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

August 29, 2017 - 10:07
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

August 19, 2017 - 10:49
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

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.

Who built it? Artist Lewis Watkins of Brooksville

August 15, 2017 - 10:11
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.

Local legend Jerome Brown

August 08, 2017 - 10:34
Tim Jenkins’ photo of Jerome Brown.  Jenkins, former owner of Red Mule Pub and Brown were good friends.

Willie Jerome Brown III was a National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl Defensive Lineman who grew up in Brooksville, where he is a local legend. He was a standout football player during his entire playing time. As a high school player he dominated with his strength and speed. He was a Parade All American in High School which is a list of top high school football players in America.

Cole Kolasa: kayaking from Pensacola to Everglades for conservation

August 08, 2017 - 10:26
Kolasa kayaks offshore Tyndall Air Force Base between Panama City and Mexico Beach - Crystal blue waters and no one else in sight.  Photo Courtesy of Cole Kolasa.

Cole Kolasa is kayaking for conservation. The nineteen year old environmental engineering student, who attends University of Central Florida (UCF) has been in the water most of his life. Cole’s long-term goal is to study the nearshore reefs and living shorelines to determine how they how improve coastal resilience and increase fish and wildlife habitat.

Recollections of William Hope, early Hernando County settler

August 01, 2017 - 10:07
Residence of Samuel Hope on the Anclote River - Pinellas County, Florida. On right are Mr. & Mrs. William Hope?  Samuel E. Hope and Mary Hope. Children are May, Edward, James and Ella.

Editor’s Note: William Hope lived from 1808 to 1898. He was an early settler of Hernando County and the postmaster of the post office established in Melendez (one of the towns that became Brooksville). The Hope family is considered one of the founding families of Brooksville. In January 9, 1891, William gave an interview about his life to W. F. Stovall, editor and publisher of the Polk City News.

This article is provided courtesy of Robert Martinez, Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories.


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