October 2015

October 22 through October 31, 2015

PADGETT, Richard G., age 78 of Brooksville, died Thursday, October 22. Born in Shelby, North Carolina he came here 50 years ago from Boone, North Carolina. Dick was a 1967 graduate of Appalachian State University and after receiving his law degree in 1972 from Stetson University College of Law, he opened his firm in Hernando County in 1973, and was still in practice today. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and was an avid golfer and member of Brooksville Country Club. Survivors include his son: Allen T.

Foley Focused on Cross Country Postseason

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Hernando High's Trevor Foley, Cross Country

Trevor Foley has already helped his Hernando High cross country team collect one trophy. On Saturday, Foley and the Leopards will try for another at the Class 2A, Region II Meet in Ocala. Taking it easy with a hip injury, Foley still crossed the finish line first in last week’s 2A-District 7 Meet at the Weeki Wachee Preserve, running 17:19.55, which is actually his slowest time in two years on the prep level.

Silo as Symbol for Brooksville

Julie B. Maglio

Triple wall cypress silo - De Leon Springs, Florida, July 1917

Blair Hensley, local business owner, has a vision for the entrances to the City of Brooksville. When he first opened his restaurant on Jefferson Street, he noticed that he did not recognize many of his patrons even though he is Brooksville born and raised. He began asking his customers where they are from and found that many were just passing by, on their way to US19 or traveling to 41. With all this traffic coming through the city on our major roadways, he couldn’t pass up such a valuable branding opportunity for the city.

No Credible Evidence Found in School Shooting Threat Late Tuesday


At 9:25 p.m. last night, (10/27/15), 911 dispatchers began receiving numerous calls reporting a supposed threat made on social media of a possible school shooting that was to occur today.

The report from the police department is as follows,

"Deputies immediately began investigating the origin of the threat.
There was a similar threat made by a student on Monday at Weeki Wachee High School.

The incident was investigated and it was determined that the student made the comment out of anger with no intention or ability to carry out the threat.

Hernando Night Out: Strengthening Bond Between Law Enforcement and Community

Photography by Melissa Fordyce

Nat'l Night Out Hernando 2015

Recently, the annual Hernando Night Out event took place at the Target parking lot on Aerial Way. Also known as National Night Out, this event takes place across the country. The purpose of the event is to strengthen the police and community partnership to help build a safer community.

The event was no small affair. There were very few empty parking spots in the Target lot or the Kohl’s lot located across the street. A large portion was blocked off and rows and rows of vendors and interactive areas were set up.

Four County Teams Claim District Crowns

Photography By Alice Mary Herden

Springstead's Michael Molnar

With every fall sport except football in the thick of the postseason, four county teams earned the pleasure of celebrating a district championship. One of those squads was the Nature Coast football team, which improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in Class 5A, District 7 Friday night with a 36-0 victory at Citrus. That win clinched the Sharks’ first playoff berth since 2009. Officially, Nature Coast’s only previous district title came in 2006 after it was stripped of its 2008 championship as part of its penalty for a fight at Groveland-South Lake that season.

October 16th through October 21, 2015

Helen Maks, age 91, died on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Helen was a longtime resident of Spring Hill, coming from Chicago, Ill. A home maker who loved to care for her husband, of 50 years. Helen was born in Khmelnefzkj, Ukraine, on August 5, 1924, to the late Stanley and Bronias (Kaletrwycz) Rozylo. Helen loved to draw birds, and then embroider, crotchet, and knit the artwork. Helen and her husband were founding members of the St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, in Brooksville, FL., and always helped in fund raising during the sales of Pierogis’, Bobka’s, and Kolacki Cookies.