Hernando County lost some notable citizens in 2008. Here's a look at some of the more newsworthy names that appeared in local headlines.
Brittany Saavedra, 11, a fifth-grader at John D. Floyd Elementary, died as a result of an accidental cave-in in the Spring Hill sand lot where she was playing, April 12.
Calvin Dent Lanier, 92, former Hernando County School Board chairman and longtime owner of L & L Furniture Co. in Brooksville, died June 21.
Harvey Waite, 68, a former New York state trooper and the husband of U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, died Aug. 19.
Carol Newell, 82, longtime resident and community activist who along with her husband, Bill, championed local parks and libraries and spoke against violence and racism, died Oct. 30.
Haleigh Stalter, a 4-year-old from Masaryktown, died after a car she was riding in was struck from behind by a dump truck on Sept. 9.
Kaitlyn Harper, 13, and eighth-grader at West Hernando Middle School was fatally injured when she was struck by a pickup truck on her way to her school bus stop on Sept. 9.
Neil Law Jr., 90, fifth-generation Hernando resident and prominent rancher who helped found the Brooksville Golf and Country Club, died Sept. 12.
Jenna Marie, 16, a Central High School junior, was killed in a head-on collision on her way home from school on Sept. 25.
Scott Avery, 17, a junior at Nature Coast Technical High School and a member of the school's football and basketball teams, died when his bicycle was struck by a car on May 31.
Justin White, 17, a junior at Hernando High School and a member of the school's ROTC program, died in a bicycle accident on May 31.
Dr. Jose Berrios, 74, longtime Brooksville obstetrician and gynecologist, died on Dec. 9.