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January 11, 2002

Family escapes as home burns
[Times photo: Kevin White]
A mother and three young children are unharmed as their rented mobile home is destroyed. Investigators have not determined the cause.
Jan Glidewell
Unmasking the silliness of enforcing state's laws
Okay brother cons, gather around the table in the day room here and I'll tell you about how I wound up here.

Fire officials want building repaired fast
SPRING HILL -- Declaring the sinkhole under the district's vehicle maintenance building an emergency, Spring Hill Fire Rescue commissioners voted Wednesday to spend $75,000 on related construction and engineering costs and then hired a law firm to seek reimbursement from the district's insurance company.

Moton wins teacher training grant
The elementary school will receive nearly $450,000 over three years to transform itself.

McIntosh allowed to keep looking
As long as county Administrator Paul McIntosh remains devoted to the job, commissioners accept that he is a candidate in Marion County.

This week
CAT AND MOUSE: Agatha Christie's classic whodunnit, The Mousetrap, continues Thursdays and weekends through Jan. 27 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

Combined forces bring 'Mikado' to stage
It's a first for the Hernando Symphony Orchestra and the Hernando County Fine Arts Council as they present the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.

Guild offers tribute to Herb Alpert, Tijuana Brass
With hits like Tijuana Taxi, and This Guy's in Love with You, the show will honor the colorful 1960s musical group.

Around and About

Central football star earns spot on Dream Team
Central's Willie Winslett capped an outstanding senior season by being named to the first squad of's Florida Dream Team.

It's conference-play time
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Pasco-Hernando Community College's Suncoast Conference opener reads like a Hollywood script.

Lone loss last year fuels Eagle
SPRING HILL -- For his Springstead teammates, the Dr. Batista Invitational signals the start of a push toward next month's district tournament and, hopefully, state. But for senior Matt Booker, it means something else: a return to the site of his only loss last season.  

Other North Suncoast news
  • Stabbing case goes to jury
  • Condo project draws more fire
  • Citrus digest
  • School trip ratio policy is examined
  • Where to see a manatee
  • Volunteer group helps raise funds, educate
  • Manatee interaction rules
  • Legal protection
  • Manatee facts
  • How to adopt a manatee
  • Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Manatee-related Web sites
  • Sea cow souvenirs are hot and going fast
  • Where to go locally for educational information
  • What to do if you see an injured manatee
  • 2002 Manatee Festival Entertainment Schedule
  • Manatees, humans to share festival
  • Quintet offers mix of classical, contemporary
  • Comets still rock around the clock
  • Sacred cow
  • This week
  • County a 'poster child' of manatee protection
  • Manatee protection more than just writing tickets
  • Out of the district race, Citrus wants third seed
  • Lecanto braces for rough road
  • County drops penny sales tax idea for no
  • Volunteers to join county fire rescue
  • Painter's pastime is assembling history
  • Son guilty of killing woman while she slept
  • Impact fees haven't slowed home building
  • As highway death toll climbs, where are the police?
  • Fire chief recovering from fall
  • Killer says he'd make deal for life sentence
  • Letters of thanks
  • Electrical fire destroys mobile home
  • Police reports
  • Beall's considers site Wal-Mart set to vacate
  • Man charged in crash that killed his friend
  • Dade City boosters aglow over 2001
  • Musical revived, revised
  • 'Mousetrap' continues to snare audiences
  • Poe takes stage in drama based on 3 works
  • This week
  • Wesley Chapel leads county with five all-state selections
  • 'When she's on, she's on'
  • Dearsman: County's best long-range shooter

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