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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Men who made Towns

November 28, 2017 - 00:44
Map of Benton County with the town of Augusta

The origin of many of the towns in our area can be traced back to a single family or man. Sometimes it was the first man to make the river crossing easier. The settlers from miles around would use that river crossing and merchants would come to the river crossing and sell their wares. A town would start to grow where all the people gathered. Another origin of the these towns was protection. Newly arrived settlers would want to live near a well established family, so they could gather at that house in case of attack.

Disaster Declaration Timeline

September 22, 2017 - 12:59
Irma Disaster Declaration map

On Sept. 13, 2017 Hernando County along with a number of other counties was declared a disaster area. The disaster declaration has to be made by the Governor of the state affected.

The disaster designation is important because it allows Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to become more involved in the recovery efforts. The resources that can be made available are designated for the removal of debris, funding assistance for emergency services, possibly housing assistance, and more. A disaster declaration is also a necessary step to filing loss claims with FEMA.

The Little Lady Cafe

September 07, 2017 - 00:43

Photography By: ROCCO MAGLIO

Erin Carter Harvey (left) with owner Rory Steele (right)

The Little Lady Cafe is a red building between the Courthouse and Water Tower in downtown Brooksville. We reviewed the restaurant a year ago, but it has since changed hands. The restaurant is now run/owned by Rory Steele. She worked at the restaurant for nearly 18 months before she decided to purchase the business with the support of her partners Brent Gaustad and Pete Roberts.

Cutting the cable cord

September 03, 2017 - 08:58

The price of cable has increased significantly over the years. Many cable bills are north of $200 a month, but that also includes phone and Internet. This means that customers can save around a $100 a month by cutting the cord.

Depending on your viewing habits, dropping cable may or may not be a major sacrifice. If you watch movies and older TV shows you may be able to replace cable with Netflix or Amazon Prime. These services usually cost around $10 a month depending on the options chosen.

Students get ahead with agriscience program at Parrott Middle School

August 29, 2017 - 10:17
Students enrolled in Parrott Middle School’s agriscience program; From left to right 1. Thalia Gryzb 2. Alyssa Ciffey 3. Kayla Zayas 4. Dillon Webb 5. Mayra Garcia 6. Milla Marshall 7. Ashley Mathis

Dolores S. Parrott Middle School developed an agriscience program that is giving students a leg up in high school. Principal Brent Gaustad showed off the program, he was obviously extremely proud of it.

The agriscience program is run by Mrs. Tiffany Howland who was the Hernando county’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. She is well known for teaching eighth-grade algebra. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in agricultural science.

Who built it? Artist Lewis Watkins of Brooksville

August 15, 2017 - 10:11
Sculpture by Lewis Watkins at the West Hernando Library

Lewis Boone Watkins was an accomplished artist from Brooksville. Internationally, his artwork is part of permanent collections in the National Museum in Santiago, Chile and the Vatican Museum in Italy. Nationwide his work is displayed at the West Virginia Fine Arts and Cultural Center, John Davis Fine Arts Center in West Virginia, Leslie Stephens Fine Arts Center in Alabama, Florida State Museum, in the State Capitols of Florida, West Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas and Tennessee, not to mention numerous other private, corporate college and university collections.

Tracking down August Herwede's animal menagerie

July 01, 2017 - 12:10
August Herwede's headless dino on 476

August F. Herwede was a local sculptor who had an accomplished encore career. He had a long career as an interior decorator and after his wife passed away began to sculpt animals in his late 70s. In the three years between the passing of his wife Augusta Herwede and his death, he created quite a collection of cement animals. The most well known of them being his headless dinosaur.


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