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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The fascinating stories of Aripeka's Littell family

August 26, 2016 - 10:43
Littell fishing cabin in Aripeka

George Washington Coon Littell and his wife Amanda came to Hudson from Missouri in 1886. George Littell was born in Illinois and served in the third Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War. They came to Florida hoping the climate would improve the health of their son Weaver. Weaver sadly passed away that same year. The family settled in Aripeka in 1891. He served as Argo postmaster and teacher at the Argo school. The couple had 13 children and lived to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in 1932.

Female inmates train dogs for adoption

August 25, 2016 - 19:36
Dolly, currently one of the 5 trainees.

Several counties throughout Florida have implemented Florida Department of Corrections Inmate Dog training programs. And no program is alike, explained Cris Johnson, Director of the Pen Pals inmate dog training program in Hernando County. She explained that some programs focus on particular breeds, while others aim to train the dogs using a certain method.

Nick Ruggiero was dedicated to community, country and family

August 08, 2016 - 11:14

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Nick Ruggiero, far left, former Spring Hill Fire Chief

Nick Ruggiero oversaw the growth of the Spring Hill Fire Department from "meager beginnings" to the establishment of three fire stations with paid staff, dispatchers, EMTs and up to date fire engines and ambulances.

Looking at the statement above in the year 2016, without prior knowledge of those meager beginnings, it is difficult to understand the progress that was made between the time Ruggiero started as a volunteer with the Department in 1968 and when he resigned as Fire Chief in 1985.

Improvements at Citrus Way and 98 Intersection

August 07, 2016 - 16:13
Citrus Way and 98, Brooksville

We have received additional details from the county on steps that are currently being taken to avert additional crashes at the intersection of Citrus Way and 98. County Engineer, Mark Guttman explained that they will be installing rumble strips north and south of US 98 on Citrus Way as well as 48" stop signs. Currently vehicles traveling east and west have a yellow flashing light, while Citrus Way vehicles have a red flashing light and stop sign. There is also a warning device installed for the upcoming stop on Citrus Way.

Have a Good Day Thai has new chef

July 17, 2016 - 03:17

Have a Good Day Thai has been open for a several months, providing authentic Thai food to Spring Hill and even travelers commuting to and from Tampa.

In hiring a chef, Mr. and Mrs. Nontavatit, owners of the fast casual restaurant felt that they needed to bring in a chef directly from Thailand, to prepare truly authentic Thai cuisine.

The process to get Chef Patinya Areerom to the U.S. was lengthy, but Mr. Areerom brings with him a solid background in Thai culinary arts.

A love story with a model A, a gas station and a big oak tree

July 15, 2016 - 14:08

Patti and Elwood "Buster" Webb celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 24, 2016 with a gathering of family and friends at Papa Joe's, a popular local restaurant. The couple met as sophomores in Hernando High School in October of 1952. Patti and Buster said they were extremely pleased with the hard work their daughters did to put the event together. They were also happy to see good friends they hadn't seen for years.

Oak Hill Maternity Suites to deliver family centered care

June 20, 2016 - 23:07

Hernando County expectant mothers and fathers now have an additional local option to choose from when deciding where to bring their baby into the world. Located on the 3rd floor of the North Tower at Oak Hill, there are six Labor and Delivery Suites, ten Postpartum Recovery Suites, two Antepartum Labor Suites, and a Cesarean Surgical Suite located in Labor and Delivery in the event a surgical delivery is necessary.

Why having a newspaper is wonderful

June 19, 2016 - 11:06

In our last article about starting a newspaper, "What does it take to be a newspaper," we focused on some of the requirements that a newspaper has to fulfill in order to be considered a newspaper. This week, I wish to write about some of the positive outcomes that starting a local newspaper has produced. These are the reasons we started a newspaper and the reasons we continue printing.

Brooksville Restaurant Brings Flavor of the Caribbean

June 08, 2016 - 21:18

Photography by Julie B. Maglio

Tamara and Jim Ferguson opened their restaurant in January of 2016 off of 41 in Brooksville. The sunny, brightly colored exterior caught my eye and I decided to give the place a try. Tamara, the cook, is originally from Jamaica. She begins preparing her family recipes early each morning, so there is time for the ingredients and flavors to simmer and meld together before their lunchtime crowd.

Sculpture of Confederate General to be removed from Statuary Hall in D.C.

May 31, 2016 - 12:01

The bronze sculpture of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith by artist C. Adrian Pillars, will be removed from National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The State of Florida gave the sculpture to Statuary Hall in 1922. A statue of the inventor of air conditioning, Dr. John Gorrie, will remain in Statuary Hall. Each state displays two statues within the Hall's collection.


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