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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Spring Hill's birthdays past

March 15, 2017 - 20:13
Front page of Hernando Today's Spring Hill 25th Birthday Edition , Nick Morana collection

Spring Hill has its 50th birthday on April 30, 2017. It is a good time to look back on the past birthdays of Spring Hill. The anniversary snuck up on us, so we have only a short time to put together a celebration of this milestone. If you are interested in helping out with the celebration, please contact us at or call us at (352) 593-4382.

Millings provide improvement over lime rock roads

March 15, 2017 - 19:57

Anyone who has spent time on a limestone road knows the drawbacks of that particular road surface. When it is dry the dust from a limestone road covers cars and trees on the sides of the road. If you are outside as a car drives by it can be difficult to breath because of the dust. If it is rainy the road develops lots of pits as softer areas of limestone turn into potholes.

Hernando Sun celebrates 2 years of printing

March 09, 2017 - 08:42
Hernando Sun Shine kids at the printing press. The Citrus Chronicle prints the newspaper each week.

The Hernando Sun's first printed newspaper was produced two years ago on March 1st. Our first issue was an eight page broadsheet. It came out once a month. At the time it was a challenge to finish that every month and send it out and deliver to stores. We spent a lot of time getting into stores and talking to managers to get into the stores. The first issue was free and every issue since then has cost 75 cents. On April 1st, last year we increased our printing frequency to weekly.

Spring Hill was almost named Spring Lake

March 03, 2017 - 10:35
Spring Lake?

The waterfall on US19 almost had a different name on it. Spring Hill was not the first choice of the developers. The original name of the development was Spring Lake after the twenty mostly spring fed lakes that were scattered throughout the development’s property.

Spring Hill was developed by the Deltona Corporation. The Deltona Corporation was the development company that was formed by the Mackle Brothers: Elliott, Robert and Frank Jr. They had developments started in Marco Island and Deltona Lakes at the time, but their main focus was Spring Hill.

A 'Little Italy' of our own ?

February 22, 2017 - 10:26
Mulberry Street, NYC

With the development of Spring Hill and the numerous Italian families that moved down from the Northeast, it seems like Hernando County is a prime spot for a 'Little Italy.'

The community of Spring Hill was founded in 1967 by the Mackle Brothers’ Deltona Development Corporation. The Mackle Brothers had already successfully started developments throughout Florida.

Brooksville: 'UFO Capital of the World'

February 11, 2017 - 14:28
Replica UFO where Western Way Plaza now sits, Photo Courtesy of Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories, Bob Martinez

Near where the Western Way Plaza now sits, in Brooksville, there was a replica UFO. It was built by John Reeves who reported that he frequently saw UFOs in that area.

He enjoyed taking walks through the sandy pine covered area around his home. He reported that on March 2, 1965 in the woods he came across a strange object sitting on the ground. The object was disc shaped and held up with four stilts keeping it a few feet off the ground. The disc was 40 feet in diameter and 9 feet tall at the center.


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