BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County students will face a stricter dress code when they return to school in the fall. The School Board unanimously approved new rules Tuesday that ban shorts shorter than 5 inches above the knee and skirts shorter than 21/2 inches above the knee. Longer shirts are to be tucked in at all times. Board member Jim Malcolm said it was about time that the rules be tightened, and he hopes to see strict enforcement. Others agreed. A committee of teachers, administrators and parents recommended the changes after viewing the changing trends in clothing, especially among high school girls. The committee did not propose changes regarding hair color or style, or piercings. Board member Robert Wiggins asked that the committee take another look at what he considers distracting hairstyles. Others on the board agreed to have the group research the topic.
Man faces felony charges of aggravated battery, robbery
BROOKSVILLE - A Brooksville man has been arrested after he was accused of stabbing another man with an unknown object early Saturday. Edward Lee Summerlin, 39, was charged with aggravated battery and robbery, both felonies. He was being held Wednesday at the Hernando County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. The arrest was made Sunday after Brooksville police responded to the parking lot of McDonald's, 845 Broad St., where a man had been beaten with a metal pipe by two other men. The victim, who was not identified by police, said that during the attack one of the men took a gold wedding ring and his wallet, containing $109. He was taken to Brooksville Regional Hospital for bone fractures, the report stated. Upon further investigation, the victim told authorities that one of his attackers, Summerlin, was the same man who had stabbed his friend Jesse Hunt, 24, on Lamar Avenue on Saturday. Hunt, of Spring Hill, was taken by helicopter to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa and treated.