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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Family of Missing Woman Offers $15,000 Reward for Information Leading to her Recovery

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Donna Sumners six months before her disappearance

Twenty-two years ago, Donna Sumners disappeared from the Candleglow apartments in Brooksville. Now that both of her parents have passed away without finding closure, Donna's family is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

Donna grew up in Heflin, Alabama where her sister Deborah Bright still resides. Donna met her husband Monroe Sumners while attending high school in Heflin. The two married and had a son. Monroe Sumners joined the Army and served in the Persian Gulf War. After his deployment, he worked as an Army Recruiter in Brooksville.

Centralia Today

This area was once the float pond, where logs were floated to the sawmill.

Today, it's hard to tell that Centralia was once a community of about 1800 people. The trees which were cleared at the time to make way for a mill, town, housing and rail have taken a strong hold once again. There are relics from the past like brick used in the furnaces, glass and burnt wood/charcoal fragments.

More impressively, the ramp where the logs were rolled up into the mill from the float pond remains as well as the base of the double band saw itself.

A Giant of a Man

Mark Swiconek delivers a speech

On your daily commute along Mariner or Northcliffe, you may have noticed a tall man walking along the road. You may have passed him within a corridor of Oak Hill Hospital, where he worked as a linen and sanitation specialist. If you were fortunate enough to have known him, then you know that this was not just any man.

Although he was content to let you believe otherwise. "No one hardly knew of his achievements until after his passing because he never spoke of himself," stated Gene Collins, a close family friend.

BOCC Limits Hours on Hitching Post Wedding Barn and Church Services

Hitching Post Barn 27151 Soult Rd Brooksville, Florida

The discussion of the Batten's Hitching Post Barn wedding venue and church services continued on January 12th, 2016 with the return of James Adkins to the dais. He provided the vote to decisively close the matter with the county, although the Battens may not see the matter as truly resolved. In November, Commissioners came to a standstill on determining hours of operation for the wedding venue. Commissioners Rowden and then Chairman Nicholson were in favor of an earlier closing time, while Commissioners Holcomb and Dukes were amenable to allowing a later closing time of 11pm.

School Board Plans to offer substantial raise to try to retain Superintendent

The January 12th School Board workshop regarding contract negotiations were not as productive as desired by the board due to not receiving a response from Dr. Romano about a potential offer. The District's Attorney Dennis Alfonso stated that the original purpose of the meeting would have been to give him direction on a contract to draft if decisions had been made on terms.

A Family Celebrates 100 Years in Brooksville

Endsley-Bruce Orange Grove

Along Powell Road, about a mile past the railroad tracks, there is a sprawling and meticulously kept orange grove. A long driveway leads you past majestic oaks and along the western edge of the grove to a humble home. There I spoke to Lynn Endsley Bruce, granddaughter of A.B. and Adelia Endsley who purchased the property in 1916.

"There are no more Endsley's left except me," explained Lynn Endsley Bruce. The grove is still in her family just the same and her grandson, now in college, wishes to take over the property someday.

The Arc Nature Coast In Need of New Enrichment Center

Wood scuplted ark points to the future location of the proposed enrichment center

In 1972, the ARC Nature Coast began an adult training program for 30 intellectually and physically challenged individuals on a former chicken farm. Back in August they celebrated the opening of a new group home that serves 6 residents, while the construction of two more group homes is underway. However, the administration offices on the Neff Lake Campus are still housed in what was the chicken run, while the enrichment center operates out of the original farmhouse built in the 1950's.

Be a Land Baron at Chinsegut Hill

Chinsegut Hill Manor House December 9, 2015

Sitting on the veranda of the Chinsegut Manor House, it is difficult remain in the 21st century, moreover subdue that inner land baron or baroness. For an instant you can imagine yourself as such a person, sipping a cool sweet iced tea and enjoying the brisk breeze that makes its way through the surrounding hills while overlooking your estate.

This vision is enhanced by the recently completed renovations made possible by a $1.5 million grant from the state. The home is also exquisitely decorated for the Christmas season.

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