Rocco Maglio, is a writer and co-founder of The Hernando Sun. He grew up in Brooksville and graduated from Hernando High School, where he ran an underground weekly newspaper, which was comical in nature.
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.
(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.
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.
The Christmas tree lighting in front of the Hernando Courthouse in Historic downtown Brooksville was an even bigger event than last year. It was hosted by Randi Olsen and Jason Yungmann who performed along with the Live Oak Theatre Company, Suncoast Elementary School, and the Weeki Wachee High School Chorus. The street was closed in front of the courthouse, where vendors were selling food, jewelery, and crafts. Patricia's Dress Shop was open and young ladies were putting on a show in the window display which drew quite a crowd.
Sid Taylor, Florida State Forestry Naturalist, has written and studied extensively on Centralia. Read Sid Taylor's Article on Centralia here describing the people of the town, Gamble's Commissary, the inner workings and details of the sawmill. Centralia was a logging community located just south of Centralia Rd. and west of US 19. Neither of these roads existed when the sawmill boom town of Centralia was established in 1910.