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Man shot at Grove has not woken up yet

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 3, 2007


SPRING LAKE

Jim Oleson remains in critical condition a week after he was shot during an armed robbery at Boyett's Grove and Citrus Attraction, a relative said Wednesday. Oleson lost consciousness shortly after he was shot in the chest April 25 and has not woken up. "We're a long, long, long way from being out of the woods, " said L.E. Boyett, Oleson's father-in-law. "That was the last thing the doctors said to me." Meanwhile, the investigation into the armed robbery continues. A Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said deputies are pursuing a number of leads. Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous tip line at (352) 797-8477.

SPRING HILL

Church hosts prayer walk today

A prayer walk will begin at 11 a.m. today in the parking lot of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., as part of National Day of Prayer. A prayer service will follow at noon inside the sanctuary. To learn more about the national events or to read President Bush's proclamation or the chairman's prayer, visit www.ndptf.org.

BROOKSVILLE

Dean to resign to run for Senate

As expected, State Rep. Charles Dean, R-Inverness, has announced he will resign his District 43 seat in order to seek the state Senate District 3 seat in a special election in June. Nancy Argenziano had held the Senate seat until being named recently to the Public Service Commission by Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist has set a special primary election on June 5 for both seats. Roughly 12, 000 west Hernando County voters are included in House District 43 and those registered as either Republican or Democrat as of May 7 are eligible to vote in the primary. All registered voters in House District 43 are eligible to vote in the special general election June 26. If you are not registered and you live in District 43, you must register to vote by May 29 to vote in the general election. Absentee ballots for both elections are now available either in person or by calling 754-4125; by mail at 20 N. Main St., Room 165, Brooksville, FL 34601; or on the Supervisor of Elections Web site: www.hernandovotes.com.

Court at Varn Park closed till May 11

The racquetball court at Tom Varn Park will be closed for maintenance and resurfacing today through May 11. Call the Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department at 544-5495.

Today's meetings

Brooksville/Hernando County Enterprise Zone Development Agency, 1 p.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.

Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee, 5:30 p.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Today's picks

Hernando County Bar Association's Scholarship Golf Scramble: 1 p.m., Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive (off Croom Road), Brooksville. Jason Melton, 650-1941.