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February 15, 2001

Shock set aside for wedding at assisted living facility
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[Times photo: Kevin White]
Residents of a home for the elderly put aside grief over a shooting, so Al Boose and Vi Rauber can have their day.
Shooter couldn't live without his love
Leighton Bradley apparently was distraught over the idea of Helen J. Winn seeing someone else, officials say.

EDC books in disarray, says board
In a shouting match, EDC members learned they may not have enough money to pay $20,000 in outstanding bills.

Cash crunch strains schools' health plan
BROOKSVILLE -- Superintendent John Sanders says the school district will have to trim employee health benefits for the third time in less than a year -- and do it soon -- unless there is a quick reduction in insurance payouts.

Missing stop sign blamed in fatal wreck
A 72-year-old man was killed Wednesday in a traffic accident as he drove his wife to work at her part-time job.

Harmful fumes traced to container
A worker at the landfill poured spoiled paint into another container of paint, but that wasn't the problem; an uncapped vat was.

Who's next if we let the county squeeze boaters?
Editor: The proposed boat ramp fees for Bayport and Hernando Beach by Hernando County government appear to be a punitive measure toward boat users. Punitive because now that the county feels compelled to provide overdue amenities to watercraft users, they are being inconsistent in the way they are charging for using the boat ramps. No other adjacent county charges for the use of its boat ramps, negating Commissioner Betty Whitehouse's plea to keep charges competitive with other counties.

Questions raised by landfill incident
It is troubling that a Hernando County Northwest Landfill worker did not know, or forgot, that the first call he should make if he comes into contact with a hazardous material is to dial 911 to report the emergency. However, one can almost forgive the victim, Victor Norka, for not following that procedure, considering that he was overcome by the noxious fumes and probably not thinking clearly.

Leopards home in on playoffs
In the last two years, Hernando has seen the good and the bad that can come in a post-season run.

Mitchell ends up top Assistant
SPRING HILL -- Matt Mitchell shot a 70 on Monday to win the second Assistant's Tour event of the year at Silverthorn.

Lion records three-hitters
SAINT LEO -- Lacey Hardesty proved to be more than an able fill-in for Saint Leo ace Desi Croteau, who missed the softball team's opening series due to a bout with bronchitis.

County tightens rules for rural subdivisions
BROOKSVILLE -- The rules to create new rural subdivisions in Hernando County got much tougher Wednesday.

Class notes
CHOCACHATTI ELEMENTARY: The school will hold orientation meetings at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Feb. 27 for those parents wishing to apply to enroll their children for the 2001-02 year. Parents must attend one of these meetings to apply for the lottery, which will be in March to fill about 90 seats. Orientation will be held in the cafeteria. For information, call 797-7067.

Students flex scientific muscles at fair
Exhibits such as a robotic arm and a motor-operated steel bearing built for science projects illustrate the talent of Hernando County students.

Mom sees potential of parental volunteers
BJ Pais believes that education is a partnership. She has donated 650 hours at Moton Elementary this year.

Public service volunteers sought
BROOKSVILLE -- Hernando County's Partners in Public Service program needs volunteers. Specifically, a receptionist is needed in the Property Appraiser's Brooksville Office. Hours are negotiable.  


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