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Published Sep. 2, 2005

Three local girls competed in the Miss Brooksville Sweetheart Pageant recently.

Tajohnique Leeshawn Thompson, 1, was crowned Miss Brooksville Sweetheart Queen in the 12- and 13-month-old division. Tajohnique also took first place in the "most beautiful," "most photogenic" and "prettiest eyes" categories. She is the daughter of Tamika Swakard and Jonnie "Stumpty" Thompson.

Adrianne Waddy, 16, won the title of Miss Brooksville Sweetheart Queen in the 16- to 19-year-old division. She also took first place for "most beautiful," "best dressed" and "prettiest eyes." She is a sophomore at Central High School and the daughter of Samuel and Cynthia Waddy of Brooksville.

Jennifer Renee Davis, 14, was crowned Teen Miss Brooksville Sweetheart in the 13- to 15-year-old division. She also took first place for "most beautiful," "prettiest eyes," "prettiest hair" and "prettiest smile." Jennifer is the daughter of Janine and Jerry Davis of Brooksville.

International College named the following Hernando County students to its dean's list for the summer term: Janet Jones, Elizabeth Olds and Mary Thornton, all of Brooksville; and Vincent Holmes, Mary Langley, Kelly Lindsay, Susan Lorincz, Monica Mensch, Theresa Pomeranke and Sabella Rodriguez, all of Spring Hill.

Dean's list students are enrolled full time with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. International College, regionally accredited and with an on-site location at Pasco-Hernando Community College, offers bachelor's and master's degrees in 13 fields of study, including management, business and criminal justice.

MS. TAMPA: Carolyn Timmons recently won the Ms. Tampa title, allowing her to compete for the Ms. Florida title. Timmons received first-place awards in the beauty, community service and academic categories. She dedicated her competition to the memory of her brother, the late Willie Fred Timmons Jr. She is the daughter of Willie Fred Timmons Sr. and Anita Timmons.

LESSONS ON FIRE SAFETY: On Oct. 15, Spring Hill Fire Rescue's Safety House visited Wider Horizons School. Firefighter Donald Lambert taught the students many things, including what to do should a fire break out in their home. The staff and students at Wider Horizons thanked the fire district for its visit.

A POLITICAL ADDITION: To mark the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California, local artist Chuck Russo, left, added another political character to his collection of statues. Russo is known artistically as El Rosso. The statue, along with his collection, can be seen at Russo's Hardware, 1424 S Broad St., north of Masaryktown. For information, call 796-3912.


BOBBING WITHOUT WATER: To kick off the Brooksville's Founders Week celebration, the city of Brooksville had a Founders Family Fun Day on Oct. 11 at Tom Varn Park. Here, children wait to "bob" for apples that were hanging from strings. The event also featured games such as three-legged races, tug-of-war, potato sack races and a water balloon toss, with ribbons awarded to the winners. In addition, children enjoyed a drill demonstration by the Young Marines, strolling clowns, face painting, karaoke and other activities.