Rocco Maglio, is a writer and co-founder of The Hernando Sun. He grew up in Brooksville and graduated from Hernando High School, where he ran an underground weekly newspaper, which was comical in nature.
It was a cold winter night for the New Year's Eve Tangerine Drop. It is not often that it gets into the 40s in Brooksville, so we are not used to being outside in those temperatures. A cadre of brave souls braved the cold and had a good time.
Our predictions in 2019 did not work out very well. We would have been almost perfect, if we had chosen the opposite of our predictions. For our 2020 predictions we are going to make some wild predictions and some that are more likely to come true.
This will be the year that the county government finally makes the decision of the new government center they will build at the airport. This will have negative consequences for downtown Brooksville as many of the government offices and people that depend on them transition to the airport overtime.
From a news perspective 2019 started off with a bang, on Jan. 29 the Hernando County Administrator Len Sossamon was let go. The county administrator is the executive branch of the county government, but he serves at the pleasure of the county commission who is the legislative branch. Len had served as county administrator since 2012. Deputy County Administrator Jeff Rogers was selected as the interim County Administrator. On May 14th, the county commission made Jeff Rogers the County Administrator
The Hernando Sun newspaper turned five years old in November or will turn five in March. It depends on what you consider the beginning of the newspaper. The first steps where you start to figure out how you go about creating a newspaper or when you actually print your first issue or create a website.
by ROCCO MAGLIO
Royce Merrill Decker, Jr. passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Royce was only 64 years old, but his contributions to the county were numerous. On Thursday, Hernando County lost a tireless contributor.
Royce started his law enforcement service in South Florida, before moving to Hernando County and spending nearly 30 years at the Hernando Sheriff's Office reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He retired from the sheriff's office in 2013. In 2012, he was honored with the Kentucky Colonel distinction.
Just off the bicycle trail that runs along the Suncoast ExpressWay there is the Wind Chime Tree. It is a live oak that has been decorated with a large number of wind chimes. The tree is located just south of the Anderson Snow Park. The tree has almost magical properties now that it is enhanced with wind chimes.
The get togethers that come with the holidays are in full swing. At many of these dinners locally sourced, organically grown food is being served. We are concerned about what we are putting in our body, we should be equally concerned about what we are putting into our minds.
It is the Christmas season and one of the hallmarks of the season is noticeably quieter. The Salvation Army bell ringers are not making the same amount of noise. You still see them out in front of stores with their red kettle for collections, but this year the bell ringing is sedated.
Many government organizations have started to add marketing professionals to their staff. In some ways it is understandable that these organizations have a desire to make sure that they can highlight the successes that the organization has achieved. They want to control the narrative to make sure that small issues do not get blown out of proportion.