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New supervisor undaunted by election work

Voters in three Pasco cities are headed to the polls today.

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published April 10, 2007


Voters in three cities are headed to the polls today. New Port Richey, Port Richey and Zephyrhills all have council seats up for grabs. Polls close at 7 p.m. This marks the first test for newly appointed Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. Corley was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist in January to replace Kurt Browning, who now serves as Florida's secretary of state. But don't expect too many first-time jitters from Corley. "I inherited a dedicated group of consummate professionals," Corley said. "I will sleep well tonight." You can track turnout and, after polls close, voter results at www.pascovotes.com.

DADE CITY

Museum tour may include downtown

Based on the success of the Citrus County Groves tour that began in February, the museum hopes to expand the tour to include the shops and sites of downtown Dade City, said Sean Ashburn, the director of special projects at the Dade City Business Center. Representatives with the museum are hosting a meeting Thursday at 5:15 p.m. to get feedback from city leaders, downtown merchants and residents.

LAND O'LAKES

School narrows list for football coach

Sunlake High School, set to open in the fall, is a step closer to hiring its first football coach. After interviewing 14 applicants the week before spring break, principal Angie Stone said the field has been narrowed to six. The finalists, who will be interviewed Wednesday and Thursday, are Ridgewood defensive coordinator Brian Wachtel; Land O'Lakes line coach Tom Carter; Wesley Chapel defensive coordinator Bud Hodgens; Seven Springs Middle School athletic director and football coach Tim Boggess; and former Hernando High head football coaches Bill Browning and Matt Smith (who currently coaches wrestling). Stone said a head coach could be selected as soon as Friday.

DADE CITY

Police investigate drive-by shooting

Pasco County deputies and Dade City police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting that left a 46-year-old man wounded early Sunday. Charles Lee Jr. was found bleeding after being hit by several gunshots near 15th and Oak streets in Dade City about 2:20 a.m., according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office. Witnesses said a gold compact car was headed south on 15th Street and that a number of shots came from inside the car, hitting Lee three times - once in his lower back and in each of his lower legs. He is critical condition at Tampa General Hospital, according to sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin.