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February 9, 2001

For teens, this test was a natural
[Times photo: Kevin White]
Students from Pasco High win overall, with each member geting a $500 scholarship.
Jan Glidewell
Hooked on books? Try a new addiction
"Go on," the co-worker said, pushing the box across the desk. "Try one. You'll like it."

Conserve water or pay more
That's the message county commissioners hope to send. They agree to seek higher water rates and hope surrounding counties will follow their lead.

Patient’s attack hurts paramedics
The man was "howling at the moon" and in a fighting mood when paramedics responded to an emergency call.

Memo spells out new policies to fight drugs
The policy comes after an investigation in the Public Works Department was concluded.

Father acquitted of abusing son
The Hudson man had been accused of breaking his son's leg in January 1999, when the boy was 3 years old.

Port Richey council votes to put its pay hike on ballot
Members have to vote again on the $180-a-month increase for it to appear on the April 10 ballot.

Delays in SR 54 project need to end -- ASAP
The resolution of a long-standing dispute between Adam Smith Enterprises and the Florida Department of Transportation removes one potential delay to construction of a wider State Road 54 from Seven Springs to Odessa and is a welcome step toward a better east-west road network in Pasco County.

Building beach at park is unsound environmentally
Re: Support needed to bring beach, fishing pier to county, Jan. 31 letter.

Cobras to attack with athletes
HUDSON -- Jamie Vargo's Cobras will be tough to beat on the tennis court this season. They'd also be pretty tough to beat on the basketball court, or any other kind of court.

If Boyko’s having fun, Cobras are dangerous
Billy Boyko won 15 consecutive matches last season to help Hudson clinch its first state tournament berth.

3 Pasco men accused of abusing minors
One is accused of beating a girl; the two others are accused of having sexual contact with girls.

Art lovers reunited with new show
The troubled March on Art juried art show died in 1998, but will be resurrected this year with a new name and a new date.

Steppin out

Ticket-buyers say ‘hello’ to crowd-pleasing musical
The Show Palace Dinner Theater's production of Hello, Dolly begins Feb. 16 and has already proven to be a hot ticket.

Businessman decides to join council race
ZEPHYRHILLS -- Dale Barnett isn't shy about his disappointment with the City Council.

Artists awarded for recycling
NEW PORT RICHEY -- A tree made from burned matchsticks and a frog made from a green plastic laundry basket were the top winners in the "Art of Recycling" contest. The competition, in its fourth year, is sponsored by the District School Board of Pasco County along with several government agencies and the businesses and corporations that supplied the $4,000 in prize money.

Raid on home results in four drug arrests
HUDSON -- Four people were arrested on drug possession charges after Pasco County sheriff's detectives raided a Madeline Drive home Wednesday afternoon.

Tourist group keeps PR firm
The Tourist Development Council took a few steps forward at its meeting Thursday.

Healthy Gators hunger for elusive state championship
Led by the return of Derek Schiffer, Land O'Lakes wants to win the championship it was ready for last season.

The timing is right for Hinkle, Black
ZEPHYRHILLS -- One of Chris Hinkle's goals last year was to represent Zephyrhills at the Class 2A state tournament.

Dwyer doesn’t lack ambition
As the only varsity returner for Zephyrhills, Courtney Dwyer is the unquestioned leader of the Bulldogs.  

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