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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At 50, the headless dino needs some work done

June 12, 2017 - 09:53
The headless dino on 476 has a broken tail

On a turn of State Road 476 between Lake Lindsey and Nobleton a headless dinosaur stands on the side of the road. It has become a landmark and merchandise for the area bears its likeness. The dinosaur is extremely realistic, the cement has been textured to resemble a leathery skin. On a foggy day you could imagine you are seeing a real live Brontosaurus as they existed 150 million years ago.

Turning on the lights in Hernando County

June 05, 2017 - 17:09
Electric pole in front of Varnada Hotel in Brooksville circa 1910 (State Archives of Florida) The pole seeems to carry at least 50 lines.

Something that is very important to those old enough to recall is when electric power service first became available. Historian Frasier Mountain illuminated the importance of this by speaking for a significant amount of time on when electrical service came to different areas of the county. This was literally a life altering experience for the the residents of the area and they remember when electricity first became available where they lived.

Hernando County School District Technology Refresh

June 05, 2017 - 10:39
Hernando County School  District Technology Refresh

The Hernando County School District is upgrading some of their technological equipment. They upgraded student computers, other equipment, and laptop tops for the teachers. A majority of the money for this upgrade came from the state of Florida in the form of Digital Classrooms Program (DCP) Plans & Allocation and a portion came from the School District's General Fund.

The Bradley massacre: "last such attack east of the Mississippi"

May 25, 2017 - 18:52
Billy Bowlegs, Seminole Chief from History of the Indian tribes of North America (1872) McKenney, Thomas Loraine, 1785-1859; Hall, James, 1793-1868

The Bradley massacre was an indian attack on a Capt. Robert Duke Bradley's homestead during the Third Seminole War. Two of Bradley's children were killed in the attack which happened in Hernando County on May 14, 1856. On June 2, 1887, Hernando county was split into three counties the site of the Bradley massacre was located in the new Pasco county. It is located about five miles south of Hernando county on Bellamy Brother's Road. There is a historical marker on the east side of the road just past Darby Road as you head south.

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