Julie B. Maglio

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Julie B. Maglio has experience in art, graphic arts, web design and development. She also has a strong scientific background, co-authoring a scientific paper on modeling the migration and population dynamics of the monarch butterfly, while attending the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at Cornell University. She holds a B.A. from New College of Florida, majoring in Biology.

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From Hernando County to Mars; an interview with astronaut Shane Kimbrough

This photo was taken by astronaut R. Shane Kimbrough on the International Space Station.  You can see Southern Hills Plantation on the bottom right corner and the CEMEX-Brooksville Mine in the center.

On Friday May 12th, while his colleagues Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer were performing the 200th spacewalk at the International Space Station, astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough was able to find some time to speak with us at The Hernando Sun. We ran an article last month about his time on the International Space Station.

Shane Kimbrough has a lot of family in the area. James Walt Kimbrough came to Hernando County in the early 1900’s and was a cattle and citrus farmer in Spring Lake. Recently, many of Shane’s cousins have appeared in The Hernando Sun high school sports section.

Commissioners repeal supermajority requirement to change comp plan

Much public comment was heard during the second public hearing to adopt an ordinance repealing the supermajority rule requirement to change the comprehensive plan. Arguments against the supermajority repeal emphasized the importance of retaining it in order to limit power grabs from those with financial influence. Also mentioned was the stability the supermajority gives to zoning. Those in favor of the repeal pointed to greater flexibility, the preservation of personal property rights and promotion of economic growth.

Weeki Wachee student artists recognized by Congressman Webster

Congressman Webster with Roxanne Campbell's 2D art class

Weeki Wachee High School art teacher, Roxanne Campbell was beaming with pride on Friday morning April 21, 2017. Fourteen of her 2D art students were personally recognized by US Congressman Dan Webster for participation in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Winners of the competition were selected from more than 86 high school students in Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Citrus and Marion Counties. Two of the 14 Weeki Wachee students who submitted entries placed in the competition.

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough: 173 days in space

Shane Kimbrough, 50th ISS Commander on a spacewalk Jan. 6, 2017 via Twitter @astro_kimbrough

The Kimbroughs are a prominent Hernando County family. Their Hernando County origins trace back to the early 1900’s with Spring Lake cattle and citrus farmer James Walt Kimbrough. James' grandson Pierce Kimbrough served on the Hernando County School Board in the 1950’s. Their great grandson, Jim Kimbrough, is currently the Chairman of SunTrust Bank, Nature Coast region. (Jim is also the son in law of Alfred McKethan who was a prominent businessman and citrus grower.

You Can Never Be Safe Enough

Of course safety is important for a community, but it is also something that government entities that are in the business of public safety can never spend enough on. Additionally, laws are initially passed in the name of safety and then over time become more and more restrictive, infringing on our rights. Oftentimes the laws that are passed or the rules enacted to protect, require us to do things that don’t even make sense.

Circuit Judge sides with county over City of Brooksville annexation lawsuit

When the City of Brooksville, annexed several properties in 2015, much protest was sparked by the county which led to the county filing a lawsuit in order to invalidate the annexation ordinances. The annexations which the county opposed includes the properties of Grace World Outreach Church, Inc (20366 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville), St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (20428 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34601); the property of Samuel C. Griffin and Kellie Griffin (Cortez and Mildred Ave.

Remembering Rosenquist and his Aripeka Love

James Rosenquist at his studio in Aripeka in 1988. Photo by Russ Blaise.

An artist by the name of James Rosenquist fell in love with the still waters and wild landscape of Aripeka, a rustic fishing village on the border of Hernando and Pasco Counties. While his sleek, sophisticated boldly vibrant brush stroke left an indelible mark on the international art world, Aripeka made an indelible mark on him.

School District considers free meal program for all students at several public schools

The Board Members of the Hernando County School District are supportive of the district implementing the Community Eligibility Provision, a federal program that reimburses the district for providing free breakfast and lunch to students at qualified schools.

Lori Drenth, Hernando County School District Food Service Coordinator described the Community Eligibility Provision or “CEP.” The purpose she states, “is to provide meals at no cost to large groups whether it’s schools [or] school communities.” The provision is part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

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