November 2016

Sally Ann Collins Pettit

Sally Pettit

Sally Ann Collins Pettit passed away on November 20, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Sally, previously of Spring Hill, Florida and Indian River, Michigan, had only moved to the Richmond area the previous week to be closer to family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, John W. Pettit, and is survived by her four step-sons, John W. Pettit Jr., of Woodland Hills, California; Thomas V. Pettit of Beverly Hills, Michigan; Peter C. Pettit, of Midlothian, Virginia; and Frederick J. Pettit of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sally was a graduate of the St.

The impact of one life

Family of Lee Slayden Gordon accept her Great Brooksvillian award, 11/22/16

The tapestry of Brooksville’s history has been woven with threads as varied as the individuals who live here. Some have provided stability; others, the dark tones of controversy. Still others, the Great Brooksvillians, have impacted the community with their contributions. Their threads are like gold strands, highlighting the best of the City of Brooksville.

School District Updates

Allison Selg, Nature Coast Technical High School Senior, is the School Board Student Representative. Photo by Karsen Nielsen

Update from Allison Selg, School Board Student Representative

Student Representative Allison Selg highlighted events and happenings from elementary to high schools at the 11/22 school board meeting. In keeping with November’s Anti-Bullying theme, Brooksville Elementary School has instituted a buddy system. According to Selg, the buddy system pairs students with disabilities with other students. It gives them an opportunity to socialize by having breakfast with a friend and cuts down on incidents of bullying.



THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, November 29, 2016.......... Florida Supreme Court justices Charles Canady and Ricky Polston will almost certainly have a conservative colleague to join their frequent splits from the court's majority when Gov. Rick Scott appoints a replacement for Justice James E.C. Perry.

Perry's constitutionally mandated retirement gives Scott the opportunity to continue moving Florida's appellate courts to the right, and the three nominees to replace Perry left no doubt this week as to how they would rule if appointed to the state's highest court.

Letter of Support for Blueberry Fest lease of park

The Hernando Sun has covered the proposed 90- year ground lease agreement between the City of Brooksville and the Florida Blueberry Festival Association which was first discussed at the City Council meeting on October 17. The three workshops did not appear to greatly improve public opinion in favor of the lease. (One workshop was public comment only; the other two involved the council reviewing the lease agreement line-by-line.)

Let the fun begin


Bulldogs staying at Panacea Pet Resort

Family and friends in York, England thought the Owen family was losing its mind when they announced they were leaving the UK to buy a business in the U.S. It had always been husband and wife Roger and Barbara Owen’s plan to buy a boarding kennel in the UK but when their daughter Claire found land and kennels for sale in the U.S., they immediately jumped on the possibility.

Sports notebook: Vonada staying on at Hernando

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Bill Vonada will return as Hernando's head football coach next season. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Turns out Hernando High won’t be in the market for a new head football coach after all. A week after Bill Vonada said he wouldn’t be back with the Leopards after three seasons, the school announced his return.
“We’re going to just do everything we can to move forward and put together the best program we can for the coming year,” Vonada said.
Out of respect to his players, Vonada declined to go into specific details about the chain of events that led him to temporarily leave the program.

Lady Hornets enjoying breakthrough season

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Freshman Reilley Bain leads Weeki Wachee with 13 goals and six assists. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Danny Fierro has a card on his fridge that his current seniors presented to him at the end of their sophomore season, his first as Weeki Wachee’s head girls soccer coach.
He recently sent those same players a photo of that card, and so he can recite what it said off the top of his head. They thanked him for being their coach, and believed “the longer we play for you, the better it will be.”