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Bag your aggies and head for marbles expo

By TIMES STAFF
Published March 24, 2007


HERNANDO

The International Marble Expo will be today and Sunday to benefit the Historic Hernando School. Marble dealers, collectors and more will gather at Dudley's auction hall. Roy Kays, a professional marble collector-appraiser, will identify marbles and determine their value. Dealers from around the country will attend. The event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the hall, 4000 S Florida Ave. (U.S. 41), Inverness. A marble shooting tournament will be at 1 p.m. Sunday.

INVERNESS

Sheriff nominated for all-star status

Sheriff Jeff Dawsy has been nominated as an America's Most Wanted All-Star, honoring his agency's work in the Jessica Lunsford tragedy. If Dawsy wins the $10,000 top prize, he will donate the money to Jessie's Place, the new child advocacy center planned for Citrus. Through online voting, residents recognize one All-Star finalist each week through mid-April. Log on at www.amw.com to vote. The All-Star who receives the most votes in a week is selected as a finalist. Votes are tallied from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Residents can vote every day. Finalists will be profiled on America's Most Wanted and will be eligible for the grand prize.

COUNTYWIDE

Area hospitals get mixed reviews

The Joint Commission this week announced how hospitals performed, compared with national performance benchmarks, in their treatment of heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. The performance of Citrus Memorial Health System was a mixed bag: below most accredited hospitals in heart attack care and heart failure care but similar to most accredited hospitals for pneumonia care. Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center fared better: similar to most accredited hospitals for heart attack and pneumonia care and above most accredited hospitals for heart failure care. Check out www.qualitycheck.org.

Great gulf fishing at sunken wrecks

The wrecks of airplanes and ships that were lost in the Gulf of Mexico have become prime fishing spots for area anglers. A wide variety of fish are attracted to the wrecks, including snapper, grouper, cobia, sharks and triggerfish. But the best catch on the wrecks is the tough-guy amberjack.