September 2015

Supervisor of Election's Budget Funded

Hernando Sun Staff

Supervisor of Elections, Shirley Anderson, explained her fiscal year 2015-2016 budget at the September 3rd budget hearing and warned Commissioners that not properly funding the office could have negative consequences beyond the county and the state. After not much comment by the Commission, the Board decided to provide her with the $1,247,539 she requested for her office at the final hearing on September 22nd.

September 18th to September 24th 2015

GARGANO, Mathew, age 43 of Hernando, FL died Friday, September 18, 2015 at his home. Born in Boston, Massachusetts he came here 30 years ago from Taunton, Massachusetts. He was a Journeyman with the Millwrights Union in Tampa, U.S. Army Veteran of the Gulf War Era, an avid Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Fan and was of the Catholic faith. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Gargano, Sr. Survivors include his son: Noah of Tampa; mother: Arlene “Angel” Gargano of Hernando; brothers & sister-in-law: Mike Gargano, Jr.

Local Children Need You to be their Superhero in the Fight against Cancer

Photography by Shannon Gayton

Team Rea (Rea Paterson and Family) with Queen Elsa

BROOKSVILLE- September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Many events are being held in our area to educate our communities on how a diagnosis can affect a child and their family, to provide knowledge to those seeking information, as well as to show support to those currently fighting childhood cancer.

Sharks’ Smith shatters records vs. Central

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

DeShawn Smith, NCT

Coming into Friday night’s game at the Bears’ Den, Nature Coast running back DeShawn Smith had already strung together three superb performances. The senior ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1 against Bradenton-Southeast, only to top that with 224 yards and four scores at Hudson. Then came last week’s home game versus county-rival Springstead. Smith rushed for 296 yards and five touchdowns. Assuredly, he couldn’t continue on such a monumental upward trend. Well, Friday in a 53-18 win at Central, somehow he managed. Boy, did he manage.

Muscianese Hopes for More in Second Year

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Skylar Muscianese, Nature Coast Golf

SPRING HILL – As Skylar Muscianese waited for the rest of her teammates to finish up Thursday at Oak Hills Golf Course, she observed a small child accompanying a few adults on a practice tee. It brought back memories of her own golfing roots. “My brothers used to take lessons here with Jim Neely and I guess I used to sit there on that driving range, and Mr. Neely would be helping my brothers, and I’d be sitting there copying them,” Muscianese said.

September 12th to September 18th 2015

WRIGHT, Margaret I., age 93, of Brooksville, FL, died Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Oak Hill Hospital. She was born in Elkhart, Indiana and came to the area 26 years ago from Marion, Indiana. She was a retired Sunday School teacher and a member of the Wesleyan Women’s International and a life member of the Trained Nurses Association of Nepal. Src: Merritt

Zoe Murchio: Back Row Player Takes No Back Seat

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Zoe Murchio, Weeki Wachee High School

No matter what, Zoe Murchio always stands out on the volleyball court. It’s a common thread amongst all liberos, who must wear a different color jersey from the rest of their teammates as a means of identification. But for the past four seasons, Murchio’s play for the Weeki Wachee High varsity team has made her just as easy to notice.

Hernando Youth League Treasurer Charged with Bank Fraud

Hernando Sun Staff


Treasurer of Hernando Youth League and CenterState Bank Executive (Sr. Vice President) David Donato has been charged with bank fraud. US Attorney A. Lee Bentley III filed the information and plea agreement charging Donato with bank fraud earlier this week. If convicted he could face up to 30 years in federal prison. The United States also intends to seek a money judgment in the amount of $143,878.80, that traces back to the fraud proceeds.