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Council selects Burnett as Brooksville's second African-American mayor


Unanimous vote chooses Burnett to be new mayor

The City Council selected Frankie Burnett as mayor Monday night, marking the second time in Brooksville history that an African-American has held the largely ceremonial position. Luther Cason was the city's first black mayor in the early 1990s. Burnett was chosen unanimously. He was first elected to the council in 2004 and served one term until he was defeated in the 2008 election by Joe Johnston III. In February, Burnett was appointed to fill the remainder of former council member David Pugh's term. He ran unopposed for the seat this year. Before serving on the council, Burnett served as president of the Hernando County chapter of the NAACP. Johnston will serve as vice mayor. In addition, the council welcomed newcomer Emory Pierce. Pierce served as the city's public works director before being fired by City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha. He ran for the council seat unopposed.

Time for Christmas on Main Street

The city of Brooksville presents Christmas on Main Street from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday downtown. The City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave., will have a reception for the Fall Art Exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. During the reception, the gallery will have a raffle drawing to win an original watercolor painting, Abandoned Gate, by Tom Jones, valued at $400. The painting is on display at the gallery and tickets are $3 each or two for $5. (You do not have to be present to win.) A tree lighting ceremony with entertainment by Live Oak Theatre will start at 7:30 p.m. Visitors can stroll down Main Street and visit local merchants. Santa will visit at Ida Lillie's. For information, call Lindsay Morgan at (352) 540-3810 or visit

Today's meeting

Spring Hill Fire Rescue Commission, 9 a.m., 3445 Bob Hartung Court, Spring Hill.

Today's pick

Master Gardeners weekly plant sale: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Master Gardener nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Council selects Burnett as Brooksville's second African-American mayor 12/07/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 9:14pm]
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