Sarah Nachin

Honoring Achievement in Hernando County Public Schools

On Monday, August 5, Hernando County School Superintendent, John Stratton, and his executive team visited seven area schools to honor their achievements over the past year. Accompanying Stratton and his team were School Board members Linda Prescott, Kay Hatch and Jimmy Lodato. Each of the schools either improved its letter grade or maintained its "A" school rating. The group presented the staff at each school with a banner and a plaque congratulating them. 

The Arc Nature Coast Holds Gone with the Wind Themed Prom

On Tuesday, July 30, the Arc Nature Coast held a Prom for the individuals it serves. The Gone With the Wind themed event kicked off at noon at the center located in Spring Hill. Approximately one hundred Arc customers, along with staff and people from the community attended the dance. Several months of planning had gone into putting the prom together. 

Angela Bryant, team leader at the center, stated, "We chose Gone With the Wind as our theme because we wanted to celebrate the South." 

Rotary Club of Spring Hill donates supplies to PAW Warriors


On Thursday, July 18 members of the Rotary Club of Spring Hill paid a visit to PAW Warriors, a facility that offers care and shelter to abandoned, stray, sick and injured cats. 

The club delivered $400 worth of cat food, kitty litter, detergent, bleach and other supplies. The facility off County Line Road at the moment houses approximately 143 felines. 

High Point Community Holds Fourth of July Parade

On Thursday, July 4th the High Point Community held its annual Fourth of July Parade. This has been a tradition with the Brooksville manufactured home community for more than twenty years. 

For Toni McCabe, the parade chairperson, this was her first year heading up the event. She started organizing it in February. Nineteen volunteers assisted her. 

"They were involved in getting donations, lining up the participants in the parade,  registering the entries, getting judges and ones to tally the votes," Toni stated. 

Local Students Compete in National History Fair


Last week two local high school students - Abbie Kiser and William An traveled to Washington D.C. to compete in the National History Fair. Although they did not win at the national level, it was quite an achievement for them to make it to the finals. 

Abbie Kiser had placed second in the state competition in Tallahassee in the Individual Exhibit category/Senior Division with her project entitled “The Black Swallow of Death.” It was the culmination of many months of research and work building her exhibit. 

Vision for Success


At eighteen years of age, Hailey Skoglund has already accomplished more than many people twice her age and has overcome more obstacles than most people encounter in a lifetime. 

Hailey was born with a genetic eye disease that caused her vision to progressively deteriorate. Now she is almost completely blind. Yet, that hasn’t stopped her from graduating early from Pasco Hernando State College (PHSC) in December of 2018 and graduating from Nature Coast Technical High School this year as Salutatorian of her class. 

Brooksville Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday

According to statistics only approximately 1 in 5,000 people in the United States live to be 100. Brooksville resident Elizabeth (Betty) Parayzak reached this milestone and joined this select group of centenarians last Friday, May 31, 2019. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the staff at Heron Pointe Health and Rehabilitation, where she lives, threw a birthday bash for her. Many of Betty's fellow residents attended the party where they enjoyed sandwiches, beverages, and birthday cake. Louie Fortunato, a local singer, entertained the crowd with hits from the 1950s and 1960s.

Glen Lakes Veterans & Friends Association Raises $50,000 to Aid Disabled Veterans

Retirees Ron Ford and Dennis Blum spoke enthusiastically last week about their 100-member strong Glen Lakes Veterans & Friends Association. Founded just three years ago by the two Army veterans and George Friel, a retired Army major general, the organization began with only eight members.

"We started Glen Lakes Veterans & Friends Association to help out Chapter 67 of the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV). They were in need of operating funds. They needed a new building and the chapter was about to fold," Blum commented.