Julie B. Maglio

Southern Harmony team earns a finalist spot in world gumbo championship

In October, the Rogers family embarked on their trip to New Iberia Louisiana in order to compete in one of the toughest gumbo competitions in the world: The 29th Gumbo Cook-Off World Championship.  Teams come from all over the US as well as internationally to see how their gumbo measures up.  The competition wasn’t a disappointment for Cindy and Anthony Rogers, owners of Southern Harmony Cafe in Ridge Manor.  The Southern Harmony team was selected as a finalist for their traditional chicken and sausage gumbo.

Hernando school district donations head to Panhandle

Hernando Sun Writer

On Monday morning, Nov. 19, a large panel truck full of school supplies donated by the Hernando County community headed off to Bay County in the Panhandle.  A school supply drive organized by Hernando County schools began on Nov. 1, and in a couple short weeks enough supplies were collected to fill the entire truck. 

Students on a mission: Springstead High School Interact Club

For the Thanksgiving holiday, the members of Springstead High School Interact Club organized a food drive. The Interact Club focuses on community service and completes projects that 'give back' to the community. They collected approximately 250 paper grocery bags filled up with non-perishable food items from the generous residents of Pristine Place. Club members were also given an allotted number of bags to fill with donations and returned over 100 bags of food. The bags of food were then donated to the Salvation Army.

Live Oak's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Bravo.

By Julie B. Maglio

With the amount of work there is to do in this busy world, sometimes it’s hard to justify spending two hours of the day going to see a play. The following article will assist with this conundrum, as going to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat over the weekend was more beneficial for me than completing any of the menial work related tasks that constantly loom overhead.  

Medical team throws family feast BBQ for patients


You may recall that last Friday afternoon, some bad weather came through our area.  Fortunately, the winds died down and the doctors of Florida Cancer Specialists in Brooksville were able to serve up a special dinner for patients and their family members. Approximately 500 people attended the Florida Cancer Specialists’ 5th Annual Patient Appreciation BBQ. Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ tight end Alan Cross, two Bucs cheerleaders and ‘Captain Fear,’ the Bucs mascot were also in attendance.

Critical time for home of Hernando's relics

Article and Photography by JULIE B. MAGLIO

Where East Jefferson Street takes a sharp left turn heading into downtown Brooksville, a stately home overlooks the vehicles that take the curve- some gingerly, others not so much and still others a little distracted by the appealing seven gabled home of Queen Anne architecture.  It’s called the May-Stringer House, well known for its rumoured spectral inhabitants and the local treasures it keeps.  

And They're Off!

Article & Photography by JULIE B. MAGLIO

It was a hot day, but what a turnout for the 2018 Hernando Beach Cardboard Boat Race! Boats were colorfully crafted with ingenuity and creativity- some were designed for speed and others for show.  There was a big crowd gathered to see the boat race seated in bleachers along the canal and overflowing onto the dock next door, where the Hernando Beach Yacht Club held additional festivities.  Neighbors from across the canal set-up their lawn chairs, a paddle boarder floated in for an up close view.  

Local restaurateurs to compete in 29th Gumbo Cook Off World Championship

We will be up against a gathering of culinary giants in the heart of Cajun Country.

- Cindy Rogers


Southern Harmony, a small culinary gem, in Ridge Manor- a rural community on the eastern outskirts of Hernando County, is heading to a big time competition: The 29th Gumbo Cook-Off World Championship. Southern Harmony is a family owned and operated establishment that masterfully and creatively fuses Cajun and Cracker cuisine.