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January 25, 2001

Wildcats learn to overcome
[Times photo: Dan McDuffie]
Wesley Chapel is a tight-knit team -- one strong enough to battle through tough losses and the death of a teammate.
How best to shield wildlife is topic

About 35 people attend the first of three public hearings to consider an animal protection plan that will bind future development. The ordinance will only be as good as the county's determination to enforce it, one says.

Pasco business council will discuss disbanding
The Pasco County Council of Business and Industry, a group created to facilitate communication between the business community and County Commission, is considering breaking up after six years in existence.

Dade staff at salary maximum to get raises
The city says it is paying $68,935 to longtime workers who had been excluded from annual salary increases.

Owners: Quaker Bar is for sale
The couple who own the bar, a fixture in downtown Dade City for decades, haven't settled on a broker or an asking price, but they say it's time to sell.

Man held on charges of lewd act
HOLIDAY -- A 22-year-old man was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct after Pasco County sheriff's deputies said he forced a 12-year-old girl to perform oral sex on him.

Greediness threatens SR 54 widening plans
The high-stakes poker game between the state Department of Transportation and Adam Smith Enterprises is moving from negotiation to litigation with the potential for further delays in widening State Road 54 from Seven Springs to Odessa.

Every homeowner should help pay cost of services
Editor: How many homes in Pasco County are valued at $25,000 or less? It is my understanding that these properties do not pay any taxes. If these properties are tax free, do the owners not use the roads, the water, fire department, and even the school system?

Another suit filed in SunCruz dispute
The new owners of SunCruz demand that a couple stop using the name. The couple sues in a brewing dispute over the gambling boat business in the region.

Wastewater remedy may increase bills
If a plan for the plant operated by the county and New Port Richey goes through, customers could see a rise.

Retiree hopes to revive Democratic club
Last year's elections spark new interest in reactivating the club.

Kumquat Festival is Saturday in Dade City
The fourth annual Kumquat Festival with more than 400 vendors will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Dade City. Activities will include a farmer's market, antique tractor and car show, a livestock and petting zoo, wagon and carriage rides, arts and crafts, a used book sale, a quilt and antique exhibits and live entertainment. The festival is free and open to the public. For information, call the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce at (352) 567-3769.

Heavy lifters to get chance to show off
Why would anybody want to take on a 20-ton fire truck?

Norwegians form Cobras' scoring punch
Jarle Thy and Morten Frette, exchange students from Norway, have the Cobras in first place in district play.

It's the shoes
The latest chapter in Land O'Lakes' quirky shoes saga now centers on Jessica Reynolds.

Reynolds just can't keep quiet
Opposing defenders often pay for the mistake of overlooking Land O'Lakes' Jessica Reynolds.

Mustangs thinking dynasty
First-year Mitchell, with five wins this season, enters the district tourney as a fourth seed.

Man charged in threat to undercover deputy
ZEPHYRHILLS -- Anthony Warren Clarke chose the wrong person to threaten Tuesday, police report.

Man, 24, charged in home burglary
HOLIDAY -- A man who authorities said broke into a home in October 2000 and hit the homeowner on the head with a brick was charged with aggravated battery on Tuesday.  

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