December 2014

The Conversion of a Church and Restoration of a Cemetery

Howell Family Cemetery on Olive Street

Jack and Jeanne Lovelace live in the former St. Anthony the Abbott Catholic Church on Olive Street in Brooksville. Behind their home is an old cemetery that was forgotten and neglected for decades. The cemetery was never a part of the church, but a family plot, part of the 160 acre Howell Plantation. In 1907, Robert J. Mickler sold a small piece of property from the Howell Estate, which he inherited from his late wife Mary Howell, to establish a much needed Catholic Church.

BOCC Abolishes Hernando Aviation Authority

by Julie Maglio

Hernando County Airport

The BOCC (Board of County Commissioners) abolished the Hernando Aviation Authority and created the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport Advisory Committee (AAC). The ordinance number :2014 ­ 27 states that all leases are subject to review and approval by the BOCC and FAA (eliminating the Hernando Aviation Authority). Additionally, all assets and liabilities of Hernando County Aviation Authority are transferred to Hernando County BOCC.

EAA’s Aluminum Overcast B-17 lands at Brooksville–Tampa Bay Regional Airport

Hernando County Media Release

Flying Fortress

(Brooksville, FL) Get up-close and personal with the airplane known as the Flying Fortress, considered one of the greatest military airplanes ever built. On Tuesday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 21, 2015, visit the Brooksville–Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV) to see history come alive with the sights and sounds of yesteryear. Participants will have the opportunity to see this historic WWII bomber, take a tour and a “mission’ flight. The event will be hosted by Brooksville’s Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) Chapter 1298.

A Tale of Two Trails

by Julie Maglio

Two bicycle trails were accepted by the Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to close the Hernando County gap in the Coast to Coast Connector bicycle trail connecting St. Pete to Titusville. The gap is between the Suncoast Expressway Trail and the Good Neighbor Trail. The Good Neighbor trail is currently unfinished but will connect downtown Brooksville to the Withlacoochee State Trail several miles east of downtown.

An Oddity from the Past: Governor Sidney Johnston Catts

Sidney Johnston Catts Photo

Sidney Johnston Catts was a pastor turned insurance salesman.  He seemed an unlikely choice for governor with bright red hair and one eye. He struck a cord with his slogan that "Florida Crackers have only three friends in this world: God Almighty, Sears Roebuck and Sidney Johnston Catts." In 1916, he entered the Democratic primary for governor of Florida. He led after the vote, but lost the nomination in a recount. Many felt that backroom dealings had robbed him of the nomination.

Christmas Gift Giving in Hernando County

Hernando County residents, businesses, and organizations have worked hard to make Christmas special for needy families. Today, St. Vincent De Paul, a nonprofit charity organization gave away gifts to needy families. Jericho Road Ministries will be having their 17th annual free Christmas Eve luncheon at the First United Methodist Church in Brooksville (11:00 am- 2:00pm Dec.24th). Students and teachers at Wider Horizons School gave Christmas gifts to needy families through St. Vincent De Paul. Each class adopted a family and students lined up individually to give their gifts.

Hanukkah Begins

Hanukkah begins

Tonight Jews around the world will light their menorahs (candelabrums) in celebration of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Jewish oil supplies were depleted after the Maccabees and Chasidim (forerunners of the Pharisees) joined forces to lead the Jews into victory over the Greeks and King Antiochus IV reclaiming the Holy Temple. It is said that the oil supplies were defiled by the Greeks. There was only enough oil to light the menorah in the temple for 1 night, but it lasted for 8 nights, allowing enough time to get more oil.