Julie B. Maglio

Jan. 29, 2019 Hernando BOCC meeting rundown

Unfortunately we did not have the time to cover: 


Rundown begins with:


Appointment of David Latscha and Reappointment of Samuel Freeman to Fine Arts Council Until December 31, 2022

Corporate Hangar Lease Agreement With Pem Air, LLC, for Property Located at 16316 Flight Path Drive at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport

Local cardiologist tells about his medical journey in new book

Dr. Ravindra Nathan is a prominent cardiologist (retired) who has lived and worked in Hernando County since 1980. He established the Hernando Heart Clinic in Brooksville in 1987. He currently volunteers his services at Crescent Community Clinic in Brooksville.  In his newly released book, ‘Second Chance: A Sister's Act of Love,’ he describes his medical journey- as both a doctor and a patient with serious kidney disease.

Large county budget shortfall for the next two years


Dec. 18, 2018- George Zoettlein, Budget Director for the county, presented commissioners with a bleak outlook for the county’s general fund- which somewhat blindsided them.  In June 2018, $7.9 million of funds had to be transferred into the General Fund in order to keep it afloat- preventing a roughly $3 million shortfall.  Such a shortfall is likely to occur again, but in 2019 it is approximated to be around $9 million.  

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.