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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Early Schools of Hernando County: Brooksville, Spring Hill, Spring Lake, Istachatta and Bayport

Lykes One Room Schoolhouse in Spring Hill

Early Hernando County schools were privately run by individual families or churches. Schools in Spring Hill and Istachatta were established quite early on and functioned as a refuge that could be used during indian attack. An early school in Brooksville housed in the Union Baptist Church thrived before the Civil War. These early schools were quite numerous, but much of their history has been lost.

Hydroponics Program at Hernando County Detention Center Nears First Harvest

Deputy Balish and Inmate Kyle work on maintaining the hydoponics operation at Hernando County Detention Center

Inmates at the Hernando County Detention Center will be enjoying the fruits of their labor in the near future; actually lettuce to be more accurate. On October 21st, the first hydroponic crop of lettuce was planted at the facility within a 24’ x 36’ greenhouse equipped with electricity and running water. Now several of the 448 heads of lettuce are about a foot in diameter and ready to harvest.

God and Country at the Countryman One Room Schoolhouse

Countryman One Room School House

Like many Americans during the first half of the 20th century, especially those who lived in rural communities, Gretchen Countryman attended a one room schoolhouse. Siblings years apart in age would learn alongside other children of varying ages in a simple school with just one room. “A one room school house is like a family,” explained Ms. Countryman. She had the privilege of being educated in this manner for 6 years, between 1946 and 1952. Countryman explained that in 1952, schools began to centralize across the country. Her one room schoolhouse days were over by the seventh grade.

Brooksville Council Members Reach Settlement with Sensys

Brooksville's Red Light Camera Sign

After hours of executive sessions, the City Council of Brooksville decided to establish a new contract with the red light camera corporation, Sensys. The contract will have an end date of October 31, 2016. Sensys threatened the city with a lawsuit for damages and lost revenues, since the city wished to end the red light program in December of this year. When the city of Brooksville realized a lawsuit was on the horizon, they filed for a Declaratory Judgement.

Hernando County Cold Case Much Warmer, with Assistance from Television Show

Sgt. Phillip Lakin (left) and Det. George Loydgren (right) discussing Evelyn Mackey's disappearance at a Press Conference Monday 11/2/2015

Merle Mackey, has been arrested by authorities for the murder of his wife Evelyn nearly 35 years ago. He is currently being held without bond in Levy County while he awaits trial. Hernando County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the TNT television show, Cold Justice, who ultimately agreed to help out in February 2015. On May 1st, Episode 12 “A Trip to Nowhere” was aired, based on the missing persons case of Evelyn Mackey.

Will Hernando County Visit Give Fiorina the Boost She Needs?

Photography by Gage Skidmore

Carly Fiorina at Republican Women's Biennial Convention in Phoenix, Arizona by Gage Skidmore

SPRING HILL - Hernando County is not in Iowa, but we are getting some attention from a Republican Presidential Candidate. Carly Fiorina, who has surged in the polls following strong performances at the first two Republican Presidential Debates will be the keynote speaker at the Hernando County Republican’s Annual Reagan Day Dinner, Wednesday October 21st from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets sold for $99 dollars and included a buffet dinner. The event will take place at Palace Grand.

Funding Found for Majority of Sheriff's Budget

Sheriff Al Nienhuis presented his case to the BOCC for the $770,000 net increase to his budget at the first budget hearing on September 3rd. His requested budget was $42,980,966. The Sheriff ended up decreasing his budget $62,000 to $42,918,246 by the final budget hearing on September 22nd. At the September 3rd meeting, the Commission voted 4-1 for Assistant County Administrator Zoettlein to look into returning the Sheriff’s excess fees and fines for FY 2014-2015.

Bayport: Once a Thriving Port Town

Bayport Hotel, Courtesy of Frasier Mountain

Proceeding on in our journey of historical locations in Hernando County, we visit the flourishing town that once was Bayport. At its peak in history it was a small but beautiful city on the water, which catered to Northerners in the winter, and locals in the summer. Its position at the mouth of the Weeki Wachee River made it an ideal resort town as well as a port for trade both in and outside of the state.

Commission May Fund Sheriff's Budget Increase Through Sheriff's Excess Fees and Fines


Sheriff Al Nienhuis presented his case to the BOCC for the $770,000 net increase to his budget at the first budget hearing on September 3rd. No increase for the Sheriff can come from property taxes, as Commissioners agreed to not raise the millage rate this year. At the end of each fiscal year, the Sheriff’s Office returns a certain amount of excess fees and fines to the County. The Commission voted 4-1 for Assistant County Administrator Zoettlein to discuss with the Sheriff’s Office the dollar amount that is being returned to county from the Sheriff’s Office for FY 2015.


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