Julie B. Maglio

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.  

Consultant: School district will need at least 4 new schools within 15 years

About a year ago, the consulting firm Tindale Oliver was hired by the school district to develop a long range plan for school needs accommodating the predicted growth of Hernando County within the next 15 years.  They were also tasked with examining possible impact fees to support new school construction.

Tindale Oliver explored an average growth rate of 1000 new homes per year and a high growth rate of 1500 new homes per year based on recent studies, the Hernando County Long Range Transportation Plan and Hernando County development data.

Community partnership key for new management at Springbrook

“I want people to know that we are working to make ourselves available to the community and that makes for good business.  We want to be good community partners.” - Jim Harris, VP of Operations at Oglethorpe Inc. and Springbrook Interim Administrator

New leadership has arrived at Springbrook Hospital in Brooksville and that leadership is working to improve community relations and outreach as well as expand programs in order to provide valuable mental health resources to Hernando County.

Brooksville resident delivers Rays lineup card and message to multiple myeloma patients

Paula Nemet, a resident of Brooksville has faced a tough opponent.  She has a blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma, but that does not stop her from helping others in their fight against this disease. She is part of a program called Multiple Myeloma MVP that brings awareness to this ailment and the importance of developing an individualized treatment plan with the physician. “MVP” stands for “Most Valuable Plan.”

Commissioners agree on changes for Airport Advisory Committee ordinance

A discussion about creating an Airport Advisory Committee during the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Aug. 28, 2018, reflected on the solid performance of an existing Hernando County committee:  the Hernando County Port Authority. The Port Authority was honored by the BOCC with a resolution that morning recognizing their contributions to improving waterways within the county.

August 28, 2018, Primary Election Results

During what is commonly called the primary election, there were several candidates that were elected. Don Barbee Jr is the new Circuit Judge 5th Judicial Circuit. Susan Duval remained as the School Board District 5 Member. Catherine (Kay) Hatch is the new School Board District 1 Member. The winners of the other primary elections are moving on to face new opponents in the general election. The School Board District 3 will be decided by a runoff election between Jimmy  Lodato and Diane Rowden, since none of the three candidates received more than 50% of the vote.