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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Opening a connection to our past

Donna Burkes and Kylee Hill ring up customers at the  Richloam General Store grand opening on Feb. 25th, 2017.

On the eastern outskirts of Hernando County, a few miles east of 75, about a half mile south of 50, down a limerock road stands a small general store and post office whose history is connected to several early industries of Florida: timber, turpentine, the railroad and agricultural development. Proprietors Eric and Donna Burkes, who also operate a sign production business, rebuilt the structure in 2016 as a way to attract customers. The Burkes began the sign business in their home next door three years ago, following Eric’s retirement from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Spring Hill native receives Phil Royal Scholarship

Cristian Miller accepts the $4000 Key Center Phil Royal Scholarship on Feb. 22, 2017. Photo submitted.

Nature Coast Tech Alum and Spring Hill native, Cristian Miller, 20, was bestowed a high honor on February 22. He was the recipient of the first Key Center Phil Royal Law Enforcement Academy Community Service Scholarship to Withlacoochee Technical College. The Key Center serves individuals with developmental disabilities and Phil Royal served on the Board of Directors for 19 years.

Remembering Hernando County Educator Cynthia Moore

On January 7, 2017 Hernando County lost an educator who devoted her life to the students she served. Over Cynthia Moore’s 40 years of service to Hernando County Schools, she taught 5th grade, was the President of the Hernando County Teacher’s Association (HCTA) for two terms, and was a member of FEA-Retired. She served one term as an elected official on the Hernando School Board. Cynthia volunteered at Brooksville Elementary School and often gave to families in need. She was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority for 42 years.

Efforts underway to reopen historic Richloam Post Office and General Store

Historic Richloam Post Office and General Store

An interesting item that came before the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Committee on December 12th, was the rezoning of a .16 acre portion of a 1 acre lot from Agriculture to PDP/NC (Neighborhood Commercial). The property is in the eastern portion of Hernando County in an area called Richloam. It's a few thousand feet south of Cortez Blvd on Richloam Clay Sink Rd.

David Levy Yulee

David Levy Yulee

David Levy Yulee is a prominent historical figure of Florida. In 2000, he was named “Great Floridian” of the year. He is inextricably linked to several facets of Florida’s past, most notably the Confederacy, land development, the railroad industry, and our State Constitution. Early settlers of Hernando County have connections to Yulee. For instance, the millwright who built Yulee’s sugar mill in Homosassa was Joseph Hale, a founding member of Brooksville.

Thanksgiving: a state of mind

Giving thanks should be a daily deed. One of the current weaknesses in our culture is ungratefulness and taking what we have for granted. It is something that is blatantly apparent in the younger generations today as celebrities and the news media have molded their negative opinions of America and degraded values. Celebrities and media personalities have only been able to infiltrate these young minds because our foundation is folding. That foundation is the family unit.

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