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Thrift store is okay with state representative

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 1, 2007


WESLEY CHAPEL

One resident of Lexington Oaks who doesn't object to a thrift store opening nearby is state Rep. Will Weatherford. The Wesley Chapel Republican rents a house in the subdivision where many residents are up in arms over plans for a new Salvation Army retail store across County Road 54 from the neighborhood's entrance. Some neighbors have said the store will negatively affect home values and become a gathering place for homeless people. On Tuesday, Weatherford called the store "true retail" and said concerns over loitering are unfounded because the law already prohibits it. "I just don't see the big issue," said Weatherford, who added that he has shopped at the Goodwill thrift store in Land O'Lakes.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Sore finger? Sorry, not an emergency

A 49-year-old man thought his sore finger was an emergency Tuesday, according to reports from the Zephyrhills Police Department. Byron D. Milligan, 38155 Fifth Ave., called 911 from Kmart on Gall Boulevard, and Pasco County Fire Rescue and Zephyrhills Police responded. After they refused to take him to the hospital, he called 911 again and demanded a ride to Tampa. When an officer returned, Milligan told him, "I'm going to call 1,000 times until I can get to where I want to go." Milligan was arrested and faces a charge of misusing 911. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday in lieu of $500 bail.

DADE CITY

Marker to honor armed forces

The Dade City Garden Club will dedicate a Blue Star Memorial Marker and Freedom Garden at Lester Park on Friday in honor of the men and women of the armed forces - and specifically, the members of Battery B, Second Battalion, 116th Field Artillery. This unit is based at the National Guard Armory in Dade City. These soldiers recently served more than a year in Afghanistan. The dedication will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the park, on U.S. 301 in Dade City. The Pasco High School band will perform. For information, call (352) 567-0284.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Fire leaves family without a home

A family whose Geiger Road mobile home was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning was staying at a hotel Wednesday and did not know where they would go next to live. Jennifer Lavely, 24, said her two children, a 2-year-old boy and 7-month-old girl, had been staying with a relative. The family received a two-night hotel voucher from the American Red Cross and has received donations of children's clothing. Battalion Chief Michael Ciccarello said the fire was caused by cooking on the stove and took 18 minutes to extinguish. To send donations, call (813) 312-2652.

Correction

The Zephyrhills City Council on Monday waived the city's usual event fees for the Founders' Day celebration scheduled for March 9-11 in Zephyr Park. A story Tuesday listed a different event.