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HARTline ridership continues to rise

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 4, 2007


TAMPA

High gas prices appear to be driving people to try buses. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, which oversees the county's public bus system, reported an 11 percent jump in October ridership, compared with October 2006.

Ridership reached 1.07-million trips, the highest tally on record.

"Obviously we're seeing the effects of the energy crisis," HARTline chief executive officer David Armijo told his board of directors Monday.

WESLEY CHAPEL

First tree lighting draws crowd of 2,000

Organizers got far more visitors than they expected at Wesley Chapel's first holiday tree lighting on Saturday.

"To be real honest, we had figured on a couple hundred," said Cindy Fleming, chairwoman of the planning committee.

Organizers had free hot dogs and baked goods for about 500 people. They estimate about 2,000 people showed up. "

In 45 minutes, the hot dogs were gone.

BROOKSVILLE

Two agree to resign from housing board

Paul Douglas has decided to end his brief and term on the Brooksville Housing Authority, resigning at the request of Mayor David Pugh Jr.

Pugh sent letters to four of the six board members last week asking them to resign.

One other board member who received the letter, Earl Watkins III, resigned by the deadline of noon Monday. Two others, Chairman Steve Zeledon and Vice Chairwoman Jeanette Soto, said they wanted to stay on the board.

SPRING HILL

Girl's bad memory goes back on eBay

Morgan Katocs, a 6-year-old trying to rid herself of bad memories from a car accident in July, has hit a glitch.

Morgan's family is selling on eBay a neck brace that Morgan no longer needs, with the proceeds going to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

More than 3,000 people viewed the eBay listing and bids topped $400. But eBay staffers said there was a technical error in the listing - so Morgan's family had to start over. The bidding ends on Saturday.