Saturday, February 17, 2018
News Roundup

Golf carts line July Fourth parade; it's how they roll in Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE

In between golf carts, antique English cars and horses, Sarah Conroy, 70, stood out next to her tricycle.

Alongside about 30 organizations and 170 Hernando County residents, Conroy rode in High Point golf community's July Fourth parade. After 10 years as a High Point resident, Conroy rode in the parade for the first time. She was the only tricycle.

Over two days, she decorated the tricycle's wheel spokes, as well as the poles that supported an overhead cover, in red, white and blue ribbons and pinwheels. The lines of traditional golf carts in the parade wore the same kind sparkling banners and flags. As the carts lined up, residents taped on the finishing touches.

"It's a lot of fun. Every year the parade goes by, and you get a lot of inspiration from it for your country," Conroy said.

Along the parade route, spectators sat under carports and in golf carts, receiving free swag from volunteers associated with the floats.

Some distributed literature for politicians running in Hernando County elections, while others handed out beaded necklaces. Most golf carts and floats threw candy for the children watching.

"I think that's why we're so popular," Oakie Scache, 82, said. "We have candy."

Scache has lived in High Point for almost two decades and has driven her golf cart in the parade multiple times.

"People come here from all over. I hope it's for the parade and not just the candy," she said, laughing.

Although the High Point parade is within the golf community, it is the only parade in Hernando County and open to the public.

Under the shade of a tree, Gwen Roy, 68, sat back in a lawn chair fanning herself as her 6-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, rushed to pick candy up off the street.

Roy smiled and waved as floats and horses passed by.

"My husband was a veteran, so things like this are very touching," Roy said. She began to hold back tears.

Roy's late husband, Lynn Roy, served in the Navy for 22 years and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On holidays such as Independence Day, Roy said she is reminded of him.

"He loved his country."

The parade route ended at the High Point Community Center, where spectators gathered for a flag raising ceremony organized by Post 186 of the American Legion. Residents and visitors mingled inside the community center over refreshments and cookies as the parade contest results were announced afterward.

Laura Herrera can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 754-6114.

     
Comments
‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

Warning: This story quotes graphic material.Before he killed 17 people at a South Florida high school, Nikolas Cruz repeatedly threatened an ex-classmate who had started dating his former girlfriend, according to a report in Buzzfeed News."I’m going ...
Updated: 19 minutes ago

Police find dead man in Tampa apartment

TAMPA — Police found a dead man inside an apartment in the 5200 block of Sonora Court Friday after 3 p.m.Who the man is or how long he’s been dead is not yet clear, police said. The victim appears to have been killed in some sort of "homicidal violen...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Police up patrols at two Pinellas Park schools after Snapchat threat

PINELLAS PARK — Police said they will have a heightened presence at two Pinellas Park schools after a school shooting threat was shared on social media.A post Friday on social media app Snapchat threatened a possible school shooting Tuesday, accordin...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Prosecutor: Death penalty was ‘designed’ for cases like Florida school shooting

Prosecutor: Death penalty was ‘designed’ for cases like Florida school shooting

The 17 counts of premeditated murder against Nikolas Cruz are the type of case "the death penalty was designed for," according to the Florida prosecutor in charge of trying the confessed school shooter.But Michael Satz, the longtime Broward state att...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

PARKLAND, Fla. — Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school. The rally, held in downt...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Parkland vigil and rally scheduled for Saturday night in downtown St. Pete

Parkland vigil and rally scheduled for Saturday night in downtown St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — A group of activists were scheduled to host a rally in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday night, demanding lawmakers pass gun control legislation.Organizers said the rally, scheduled for 5 p.m. at Williams Park, was planned in respo...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Divided Congress unable to act on guns, immigration despite public pressure

Divided Congress unable to act on guns, immigration despite public pressure

It’s been five years since the guns and immigration debate collided at the same time on Capitol Hill. This time, the results were even more unproductive.In early 2013, weeks after a gunman killed 20 students and six educators at an elementary school ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

TAMPA — Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year. The Florida Orchestra performed two of his works Friday, the second of which paired the dances from West Side Story with the overture to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.The orche...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Woman hit, killed Friday along Memorial Highway

TOWN ’N COUNTRY — A woman died after she was hit by a minivan along Memorial Highway on Friday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The 53-year-old woman, whose identity was not released, was trying to cross Memorial Highway f...
Updated: 3 hours ago
White nationalist appears to disavow connection with shooter

White nationalist appears to disavow connection with shooter

PARKLAND, Fla. — A white nationalist appears to have lied to The Associated Press and other news organizations when he claimed that Florida school-shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his obscure group.Law enforcement officials have said the...
Updated: 3 hours ago