Julie B. Maglio

The desire to save a cemetery leads to historic preservation mission


The Sumter County Preservation Society did not exist when Della Daughtry started the Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery project. Della is an independent citizen and freelance artist who wanted to save the forgotten cemetery in Sumter County and ensure it was being taken care of. 

Della and her husband John Daughtry started going out to the Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery to take photos, research, and eventually wrote historical nominations for the cemetery that has gone to the state and national registries.

Trump nominates Bradenton Police Chief to serve as US Marshal for the Middle District of Florida

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President Trump has nominated Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Florida.  Her predecessor William Benedict Berger Sr. was appointed by President Obama in 2010. 

County leases building for relocation of several county offices

For the moment, the county is veering from the path of constructing a new government center at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Airport Industrial park.  They will temporarily lease an 18,000 square foot building from Dennis and Pamela Wilfong also located at the Airport Industrial Park (15470 Flight Path Dr.) for several government offices being displaced by the courthouse expansion project.  The leased building will house County Administration, Human Resources, Public Information, Purchasing and

Eden Baptist: 175-years and Beyond

Neighbors, kinsfolk, and congregation members greeted each other with smiles, laughter, and love-- as they always have-- in front of the church on Lake Lindsey Road.  The church called Eden Baptist has been the bedrock of this small agricultural community for 175 years: as old as the state of Florida and constituted nine years after Colonel William Lindsey, Commander of the Alabama Volunteers, was wounded by an Indian arrow.  He perished by that arrow, but not before making it to a cabin situated near a lake-- that lake was named for Colonel Lindsey.  Beh

17 years serving the tiniest most fragile lives

Premature infants are those born before the beginning of the 37th week of pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic. They are susceptible to many health issues including respiratory and circulatory problems, jaundice, and difficulty feeding.  They have difficulty regulating their body temperature and may have metabolic issues.  It is also common for premature infants to have an underdeveloped immune system.   

Celebrating Sukkot

SPRING HILL, Fla. -- The members of Temple Beth David gathered outside the synagogue on Saturday evening Oct. 3, celebrating Sukkot, a Jewish holiday that spans one week and honors the harvest. It is also symbolic of the Israelites’ time spent wandering in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt. 

Candleglow Apartments Complex sells for $13.82 million

The Candleglow Apartments in Brooksville located at 1071 Candlelight Blvd (off of State Rd 41)
recently sold for $13.825 million to Beachwold Residential. The apartments and clubhouse
were constructed in 1987 and the property is 10.20 acres. The Candleglow complex is
described as a 152 unit garden-style apartment complex and amenities include a swimming
pool, sundeck, grilling and picnic area, dog park, and racquetball/tennis courts.
The apartment complex last sold for $7.3 million in 2015 to CSRA Candleglow

City of Brooksville Ad Valorem Millage Rate Approved at 5.9000 in final hearing


On Sept. 16, 2020 city council members approved the ad valorem millage rate of 5.9000 which will result in a tax decrease for the citizens of the city.  This millage rate is a 2.30% decrease over the current year’s rolled–back rate of 6.0389. The final vote was 3-2 approving the millage rate with council members Betty Erhard and Kemerer voting against it.  Erhard adamantly disapproved of the $22,000 in funding going to the Brooksville Main Street organization.  There were several citizen comments against the BMS funding as well.