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Special Olympics gets record participation

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 20, 2008


COUNTYWIDE

Special Olympians will be out in record number this year at the Pasco County Summer Games from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the stadium at River Ridge Middle/High, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. A record-setting 915 youngsters and adults will compete in events, and Summer Games game coordinator Val Lundin is asking for some help from the community. Volunteers are needed to work at events and hand out ribbons and lunches to athletes. Volunteers must have a photo ID and should check in at the community volunteer table at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. And, says Lundin, an invitation goes out to everyone else to "come out anyway to support and cheer for the athletes and see what we're about." For information, call Lundin at (727) 774-3000; (813) 794-3000 or (352) 524-3000.

NEW PORT RICHEY

County adjusting its public project debt

County commissioners voted Tuesday to refinance $66-million worth of bonds to get a lower rate on debt service for the county's waste-to-energy incinerator in Shady Hills. They also agreed to float $18-million in new funds for a handful of capital projects, including $8.5-million for the construction of a new ash cell at the incinerator's landfill. Other projects include refurbishing the county's transfer station on Handcart Road in east Pasco and repairing a methane gas collection system at the county's Ridge Road landfill.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Master tap classes coming up Saturday

Dancer Kara Tremel will give two master classes in tap dance on Saturday at Sell's Broadway Dance Company, 7296 State Road 54, New Port Richey. Tremel is dance captain for the touring company production of Jersey Boys playing through March 15 at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. She also played Belle in the national tour of Beauty and the Beast. Intermediate tap is from 10 to 11 a.m.; advanced tap is 11 a.m. to noon. Cost for each session is $25. Call (727) 376-2600 to register.

DADE CITY

Two murder suspects are arrested in Pasco

Two fugitives wanted on murder charges from Kentucky were arrested Monday afternoon in Pasco County. James Conn, 50, and his wife, Katherine, 38, are accused of shooting 28-year-old Timothy Riggs, according to the Kentucky State Police. The killing occurred in October 2007, police said. James Conn was arrested in Dade City, his wife in Zephyrhills. Pasco deputies say the couple lived in Dade City.