Rocco Maglio

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Rocco Maglio is a former Town Commissioner and Mayor of Melbourne Beach, FL. He grew up in Brooksville and is a graduate of Hernando High School as well as PHSC. He current works as a software architect with a strong interest in computer security.

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Towne Square Mall Reinvigorated

The Towne Square Mall opened in 2002 in a strip mall that previously held a Walmart. It has a large open space that holds a number of diverse vendors.

The mall allows startups to develop their businesses in a collaborative environment or established businesses to focus on their business rather than dealing with all the responsibilities of managing a building. Their goal is to to promote locally owned and operated businesses here in Hernando County.

Hernando County Cemetery Preservation Society

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY STAN TORNOW

Hernando County Cemetery Preservation Society is a group that has formed to clean up and restore cemeteries in Hernando County. They started by cleaning up Tucker Hill cemetery. They chose this cemetery, because it was in moderate disrepair. There are other cemeteries where cleaning up will require removing trees and will be a major undertaking.

Local Athletic Superstar Mentors Young Athletes

Legendary local athlete John Capel has developed a program to help young up and coming athletes. His goal is to help prepare the next generation of athletes.

Capel’s athletic accomplishments are many. At the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, Capel won the 200-meter sprint with a time of 19.85 seconds. He then won the 200-meter gold medal at the 2003 World Championships in France. He was a favorite going into the 2004 Olympics.

Review of the Greek City Cafe

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They currently have two locations: one at Countryside in Clearwater and one on US 19 in Spring Hill. They are opening a third location at Mariner Square in early April.

The Greek City Cafe is probably as authentic as you will find outside of Tarpon Springs. The gyro meat is sliced as needed from upright spinning spits. Their gyro wrap consists of warmed flatbread, onions, tomato, and tzatziki sauce. You can either have a side of chips or for a few dollars more you can have it as a platter with a small greek salad.

William Sherman Jennings, Brooksvillian who became Governor of Florida

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William Sherman Jennings was born near Walnut Hill, Illinois. After graduating from Union College of Law (now Northwestern University School of Law) in Chicago he moved to Brooksville, Florida. He served as lawyer and judge in Hernando County. William met his future wife May Mann at her father's house near Brooksville. Austin Mann, May's father had just won election to the state house of representatives. Austin was a former Florida Senator.

An Oddity from the Past: Governor Sidney Johnston Catts

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Sidney Johnston Catts was a pastor turned insurance salesman.  He seemed an unlikely choice for governor with bright red hair and one eye. He struck a cord with his slogan that "Florida Crackers have only three friends in this world: God Almighty, Sears Roebuck and Sidney Johnston Catts." In 1916, he entered the Democratic primary for governor of Florida. He led after the vote, but lost the nomination in a recount. Many felt that backroom dealings had robbed him of the nomination. Harnessing these sympathies he then changed parties and ran as the Prohibition Party candidate for Governor.

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