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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City stakeholders fight for Brooksville PD

December 19, 2017 - 00:05
Petitions to recall Robert Battista, Betty Erhard and  William Kemerer

While council members emphasize that disbanding the Brooksville Police Department is not something they are seeking to do, asking the Sheriff’s Office about what it would cost them to provide a level of service equivalent to the city police force would imply that the option may be on the table. Many community stakeholders came to that conclusion following the Nov. 27 special meeting. Council members stated on Dec. 4 that the inquiry is part of their thorough evaluation of the costs relating to law enforcement, due to the worrisome budget situation.

Student takes on Amity Trails Park Project

December 14, 2017 - 08:56
SHS Student Kayla Madril

The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017 gave their blessing to the highly motivated Springstead High School International Baccalaureate (IB) student Kayla Madril to begin efforts on reviving Amity Trails Park, located off of Coronado Drive, Linden and Little Farms Road in Spring Hill. The project will be part of the county’s “Adopt-a-Park” program.

Jewelry Store Robbers dressed in drag indicted by grand jury, trial pending

December 13, 2017 - 08:27

On March 16, 2017 around 3:16 p.m. two African-American males robbed Lily Jewelry located at 2135 Mariner Blvd in Spring Hill. According to media reports, the men were dressed in drag, held the store clerk at gunpoint, then fled in a white van. Lily Jewelry does not have a functional phone number and may now be out of business.

‘Mama Allie’ — Lykes Matriarch

December 12, 2017 - 08:48
“Mama Allie,” Almeria Belle Mackay Lykes, via International Museum of Women.

“Mama Allie,” the matriarch of the Lykes Family, mother to seven sons and one daughter, is being honored by the International Museum of Women’s Pillar Program. Almeria Belle Mackay Lykes, youngest child of Captain James Mackay Sr., a Tampa shipping and real estate tycoon and wife to Dr. Howell T. Lykes was known by her family as “Mama Allie.” In order to celebrate her contributions to her community and family, Lykes family members made generous donations to the International Museum of Women Pillar Program in her honor.  

Differences between private, public, charter and magnet schools

December 06, 2017 - 10:14

Private schools are independent of the public school system. They often belong to accrediting organizations that require them to meet certain requirements and standards. Organizational structures vary from individually owned to board of directors controlled. Private schools do not have to adhere to state testing requirements and state teaching standards, but often put in place testing requirements and teaching standards specifically designed for their student body or educational philosophy.

Brownfield designation fails: perceived garbage, no perceived contamination

December 06, 2017 - 09:55

On Tues. Dec. 5, 2017 commissioners made a bold move, denying the brownfield designation for the Hammock Ridge 104 unit garden style apartment development located on Omaha Circle sought by the property’s developer, the Housing Trust Group of Coconut Grove in Miami. HTG hired the Goldstein Environmental Law Firm to represent them in the matter with a long track record of coordinating brownfield designations.

Get to know us: Sue Quigley

December 05, 2017 - 13:06

Sue Quigley is a soft spoken, low-key individual with a keen eye for design and a flair for the written word. She hails from Scotland in an area known as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands.’ The village in which she spent her childhood is called Doune and is dominated by a 14th century castle. She describes the village as being “way out in the heather,” the nearest big city being Stirling in Perthshire — which also has its own famous castle, once the home of Mary Queen of Scots.

City of Brooksville against CRA bills that increase 'unnecessary regulatory oversight'

December 01, 2017 - 11:03

House and Senate bills dealing with Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) are currently working their way through committees in the Florida Legislature. CRAs are used by government entities to provide public monies as an incentive to encourage private investment in areas. In Brooksville these monies are provided to local business to encourage them to undertake renovations the the exterior of their buildings.

Cemex mining expansion resurfaces

November 22, 2017 - 01:00

Cemex mining expansion resurfaces with the yellow rezoning signs re-appearing on Cortez across from Bayfront Hospital. In 2014 and 2015 Cemex went through the process to attempt the rezoning and comprehensive plan amendment for 730 acres along Cortez Blvd (across from Bayfront Hospital) adjacent to their current mining operation. The 730 acres would be leased to Cemex for 20 years for mining purposes. Following the 20-year mining period, the owners, prominent residents including Tommy Bronson, Jim Kimbrough, Robert Buckner, Joe Mason and others, plan to create a residential development.

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