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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Get to know us: Melissa Fordyce

November 22, 2017 - 00:55

Melissa Fordyce is one of our earliest staff members. She joined The Hernando Sun in 2015, covering local events and interesting places to visit. Melissa has been writing poetry and short stories since the age of 13.

A mom to four boys ranging in age from 22 to 8, her life is very busy, but she manages motherhood, a 16-year career processing insurance claims, homeschooling one of her boys and writing for the paper.

Prep your shoeboxes now for Operation Christmas Child collection week

November 10, 2017 - 01:43

“It’s a great honor to be part of this wonderful ministry,” says Barb Stanley of Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Barb and her husband Dave are local team leaders for the annual shoebox collections for Operation Christmas Child.

Chances are, you are familiar with the shoebox project, but for those who are not, each year churches, schools, families and individuals all over the world donate shoeboxes containing gift items to be delivered to children living in dire poverty worldwide.

Former Volunteer Fire Chief pleads not guilty

November 08, 2017 - 00:34

David Freda former Hernando Beach (HB) Volunteer Fire Chief was arrested on Sept. 29, 2017 along with other former HB volunteer fire chiefs David Lee Murdock and Travis Morris for organized fraud. Freda entered a not guilty plea on Oct. 31, 2017 for charges of organized fraud over $50,000. Murdock and Morris have also pled not guilty.

Freda’s probable cause affidavit reads in part:

Bomb threat at Hernando County Courthouse

November 07, 2017 - 10:35

Nov. 7, 2017- About one hour into the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners regularly scheduled meeting, Chairman Wayne Dukes interrupted Assistant County Administrator Ron Pianta during his presentation, stating that they needed to evacuate the building due to a bomb threat. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office was notified of the threat directly at 10:04AM. The evacuation is ongoing. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Hernando becomes Purple Heart county

November 06, 2017 - 09:41

On Nov. 7, 2017, Hernando County Commissioners will officially proclaim Hernando County to be a Purple Heart County. Christopher Boreland, the Junior Vice Commander for the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) has been working with the county, Commissioner Jeff Holcomb and former Commissioner John Mitten in order to establish the designation.

Former volunteer fire chiefs enter not guilty plea

November 02, 2017 - 23:39

David Lee Murdock and Travis Morris, former Hernando Beach volunteer Fire Chiefs each entered a plea of not guilty last week for the organized fraud charges against them of more than $20,000 but less than $50,000. Former Fire Chief David Freda has not yet entered a plea in his case. Freda is charged with organized fraud over $50,000. The three men were arrested on Sept. 29, 2017. The charges stem from a lengthy investigation that began when the county closed the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department in February 2017 for issues relating to safety and mismanagement.

Commissioners dismayed with state law on brownfield designation

October 26, 2017 - 01:01
Location of Hammock Ridge property

The developer for the Hammock Ridge 104 unit garden style apartment development located on Omaha Circle is seeking a “perceived” brownfield designation from the county in order to be eligible for financial incentives and liability protections by the state in developing the property. The first phase of construction is currently underway and the law does not place a limit on when the brownfield designation must be implemented in order to qualify for the benefits.

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