The Siloam Lodge #399 of Freemasons hosted the 2nd Annual Veterans’ Appreciation March on Veterans’ Day, Monday, November 11, 2019. Together with members of the Family Readiness Group and 185th Helicopter Battalion, the group began at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Spring Hill and walked 2.5 miles to their destination at Rookie’s Sports Bar and Grill to enjoy an evening of food, drinks and music.
The group hosted a raffle and games to encourage the community to join in, and the proceeds directly benefit the efforts of the groups to assist Veterans and their families.
Article and Photography by LISA MACNEIL
Nellie Johnston of Brooksville turned 99 Nov. 2, 2019, surrounded by friends and colleagues of The Enrichment Center, where she’s volunteered for several years. She became a member in 2015.
Originally from Alabama near Dothan, Nellie was also active in the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization. “I was Commander for many years. I came all the way up through the Chairs, then I was Commander, then just a member, then Commander again!”
On October 30, 2019, at the Greater Hope Church in Spring Hill, T-Volt congratulated another successful class of trained apprentices, this time in Air Conditioning. The ten-week course in basic air conditioning concepts qualify the six men to assist senior air conditioning contractors.
On Thursday, October 24, 2019 the Rotary Clubs of Brooksville, Spring Hill and Spring Hill Central held its annual Barktoberfest Paws for Polio event at the Centennial Dog Park in Spring Hill. The event is always held on October 24th, in honor of Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the polio (poliomyelitis) vaccine.
By a 4-1 vote, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) turned down the request of the Benge Development Corporation to change the Future Land Use map for the property partially located at the north corner of Northcliffe Boulevard and Puritan Lane. Benge had planned to build a residential community of 90 homes currently designated as Oak Hill Villas.
The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval to the Comprehensive Plan, as well as rezoning the 20-acre parcel preliminarily termed “Oak Hill Villas.”
An agenda item that was not heard during the previous (October 22, 2019) Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting and generated provocative reports in traditional and social media was finally heard and discussed at the November 5, 2019 meeting. After the legal department deemed the action appropriate and proper, the board voted unanimously to approve consideration of the offer submitted by Hartland Homes to purchase six parcels of land currently owned by the county. The bid for the parcels is $408,000.
The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously at the October 14, 2019 meeting to approve the Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM1902) to amend the Future Land Use Map from Recreational to Residential for a 20-acre property near Oak Hills Golf Course. The property, partially located at the north corner of Northcliffe Boulevard and Puritan Lane is planned to be a residential community of 90 homes currently designated as Oak Hill Villas.