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The week in words

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published May 7, 2006


EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a recap of the week's news events in Citrus County, in the words of the newsmakers.

"I can't open the schools without teachers, and I can't get teachers without kids. I'm in a real tight spot."

- NANCY HAYNES, coordinator of the Citrus County school district's prekindergarten program, which has drawn only a handful of applications from parents. Without the children, the district won't have the funds to hire teachers.

"I almost believe that oversensitivity to racial issues is what creates this tension, because everyone is so worried about offending everybody."

- SHREYA RAO, a graduate of Lecanto High School who now attends Duke University, on the uproar at that school over racially charged allegations of rape involving members of the school's lacrosse team.

"You need a map. No, you need a GPS tracking system to get around this place."

- BILL CARNES, a member of the MGT of America consulting firm, on the confusing maze of rooms at Citrus High School. The firm is evaluating all of the district's facilities for possible upgrades or replacement.

"I just don't feel like I want to turn my back on all of this."

- JIM FOWLER, announcing that he will seek re-election to the County Commission District 4 seat to see through ongoing county projects.

"I heard two pops, you know ... and I said, "D---"'

- CLARENCE PEARSON, who was working on his car in Homosassa when someone drove by and shot him in the leg with a BB or pellet gun.

"I was standing in sewage up to my ankles."

- GUY HOWARD, of Beverly Hills, whose house was flooded recently when the sewage system backed up. The county has told the utility, Rolling Oaks Utilities, to fix the problem.