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Hometown Hernando for June 28

The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners recently issued a resolution honoring 16-year-old Joey McDonald, who piloted his first solo flight from the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport earlier this year. Joey just completed his sophomore year in Nature Coast Technical High School’s aeronautical program. He also has a 4.0 grade point average, is dual-enrolled at Pasco-Hernando State College, is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club, and volunteers at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. The young pilot aims to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and become a commercial pilot. Pictured with Joey (center), from left to right: Mary Lynn Ulch, senior director of philanthropy at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Ron Wilhite, former vice chair of Hernando County Aviation Authority; Joey’s mother, Cindy McDonald; his father, Joe McDonald; Kevin Daughtry, manager Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport; and Hernando County Commissioner John Mitten. Courtesy of Ron Wilhite
Published Jun. 20

U.S. Air Force Airman Leonardo J. Delgado-Escalona graduated from basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman also earned four credits toward an associate's degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Delgado-Escalona is the son of Mario and Erika Delgado of Spring Hill. He is a 2017 graduate of Weeki Wachee High School.

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