January 2018

Rays Fire Team Doctor

The Tampa Bay Rays fired their team doctor on Tuesday, after videos surfaced on YouTube showing a woman accusing him of sexual assault.

Dr. Michael Reilly, who has been with the Rays since their inception, is accused of sexually abusing a woman between eight and 10 years ago starting when she was a teenager. The abuse is said to have lasted for three years while she was an employee of Reilly’s medical practice.

John Higgins, the Rays’ senior vice president of administration and general counsel released a statement on the matter.

Tidal Brewing Company prepares their brewhouse


David Peitzman, co-owner of Tidal Brewing Company recently gave The Hernando Sun a sneak peek into Tidal’s brewhouse. The brewing equipment has been installed, completely transforming the former car wash in the plaza on Spring Hill Drive and Barclay Avenue. Each tank holds five barrels (BBLs) which is 155 gallons.

“We will always have a rotating variety on tap,” said Peitzman.

There is currently no date set for the grand opening, but the Peitzmans are excited to see the establishment take shape.

Boning up on meat

Roberet ‘Mitch’ Carlisle, co-owner of the Carlisle’s Meat Market in Brooksville readies to add a ribeye steak to the display cabinet. Submitted photos.

Like most Americans, we probably don’t give much thought to the meat we buy beyond it being fresh or how much it’s going to cost. But now that we have a new butcher’s shop in Brooksville, we should think twice before buying any more supermarket Styrofoam tray-plastic-wrapped lower quality meats like pork chops, NY strip steaks or chicken cuts.

Having sliced meats and poultry for Publix and Winn-Dixie for years, it was only a matter of time before Robert ‘Mitch’ Carlisle would open his own butcher shop.

Another Amazing celestial event


In the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2018, there will be a rare opportunity for skywatchers to see the second full moon of January — a Blue Moon — become totally eclipsed.

According to NASA, the event is a "Super Blue Blood Moon," as it will happen near when the moon is at its closest point to Earth, a so-called "supermoon." A blood moon is more accurately known as a total lunar eclipse. When the moon is closer to the Earth in its orbit, it appears about 15 percent brighter.

Overnight transformer transport expected to delay traffic flow

(Brooksville, FL) Duke Energy will be transporting an oversized transformer from Citrus County to Hernando County starting the night of January 29 until 7 a.m. January 30, 2018. The transport will be entering Hernando County from the US 98 and US 19 intersection. The route is as follows:

South on US19 to Hexam Road
East on Hexam Road to Sunshine Grove Road
South on Sunshine Grove Road to a Duke Energy site adjacent to the intersection of SR50 and Sunshine Grove Road

New Facility for K9 Partners for Patriots

K-9 Partners for Patriots (K9P4P) has relocated to a brand new building at 15322 Aviation Loop Drive in the Brooksville-Tampa Regional Airport Industrial Complex near its former location. The 11,000 sq. ft. facility more than doubles the amount of space the organization can devote to its mission of training service dogs to aid veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other issues.

City honors police detective and his fiancée for efforts in assisting needy children during Christmas


L-R: Sergeant Jason Matheson, Chief Turner, Council Member William Kemerer, Council Member Joe Bernardini,Detective Tracey Schofield, Jillian Rose, Mayor Betty Erhard, Council Member Natalie Kahler and Vice Mayor Robert B. Battista.

The City of Brooksville honored Brooksville PD Detective Tracey Schofield and his fiancée Jillian Rose with a proclamation on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 for their assistance of needy children during the Christmas holiday. Schofield is the President of the nonprofit charity Police & Kids Foundation which helps underprivileged children and those of fallen law enforcement officers.

Rodeo: Dust and Blood

Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Calf Roping was among some of the competitions held by the Professional Cowboy Association during the 3rd Annual Florida Agricultural and Wildlife Expo at the Brooksville Tampa Bay Airport in Brooksville.

The rodeo this year was a two day event held at the airport. The rodeo included bull riding, roping, barrel racing and several other feats of skill that cowboys developed on the job.

The calf roping was exciting. The calves kept avoiding the lasso and the riders had a tough day of it, as the calves were fast and kept avoiding the rope.