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Rescuers search by air, water for missing man

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 21, 2007


Crews from the Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continued searching by air and water Sunday for a Hernando County man whose abandoned boat was discovered Friday off the Pasco County coastline. According to wildlife commission spokesman Gary Morse, Michael Curl, 50, of Hernando Beach hasn't been seen since he left Wednesday morning for a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico. Boaters found Curl's 17-foot flats boat floating about 1 nautical mile west of the Pithlachascotee River. Authorities found the keys in the boat's ignition, but the engine was not running. A cell phone and bait were also found inside the boat. Morse said that the search, which is being concentrated on the coastal area between New Port Richey and Hudson, will continue today.

BROOKSVILLE

College forum explores diversity

The Pasco-Hernando Community College Peace and Social Justice Institute will host a panel discussion and community forum on the "Role of Diversity in Education and the Community" from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the PHCC North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Room A-139. Panelists will include Hernando County community leaders. The event is sponsored by PHCC and the Human Rights Coalition of Hernando County. For information, call Stanley Giannet at 797-5001.

Dinner, dance will thank our veterans

Outback Steakhouse, in conjunction with Marine Corps League Detachment 708, will present a "Thank You Veterans Night" Tuesday at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road. A limited number of tickets remain for $15 each; tickets maybe be purchased in the detachment lounge after 11 a.m. daily. The event will include a dinner that will be served from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by dancing to the music of Short Notice from 7 to 11 p.m. Call 597-7979.

SPRING HILL

Seminar has info for long-term care

A free informational seminar on the new Partnership-State Long Term Care Insurance Program will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Farm Bureau, 617 Lamar Ave., Brooksville. The program will also be presented 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. The long-term care insurance program was recently approved by the state. Under the program, Floridians can buy tax-qualified long-term-care policies that allow them to protect all or a portion of their assets. Call Mia Rushing at 796-2526.

Today's picks

Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary to sell "A Taste of Brooksville" cookbooks: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., hospital cafeteria, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. 596-9807 or 442-0169.

"Pasture Weed Management" class for small farmers: 5:30 p.m., Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. Free. Call for reservations, 754-4433.

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