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March 9, 2001

Steeplechase grows up
[Times photo: Joseph Garnett Jr.]
The Little Everglades Steeplechase meet has come a long way. This year's event features 39 horses, an improved track and a $125,000 purse.
Jan Glidewell
Will McLean folk festival hasn’t lost its allure
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Man threatened dog mauling, police say
Police say a dispute about passing on a road led the man to claim he would turn loose his two pit bullterriers.

Court targets plea in sex offender case
An appeals court says a man can withdraw his no-contest plea in a sex abuse case because of bad advice from a lawyer.

Zephyrhills to celebrate 91st birthday
A dance, a parade and an arts and crafts show are among the events that will descend on Time Square tonight and Saturday.

Swiftmud may lower banks of two rivers
The aim is to retain excess river water that otherwise empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The water would rehydrate wetlands and help renew underground water supplies.

County’s possible battle against adult businesses would waste our money
Editor: One might think that Pasco County commissioners might have enough good sense to look a few miles south and learn a few lessons from the foibles of that city by the bay. Of course, one would be wrong: when did common sense ever infect a politician?

Road to controversy paved with poor plan
The New Port Richey City Council devised a new way to pave city streets.

Folk music fans gather once again
In its 12th year, the Will McLean Music Festival brings singers, songwriters and fans of folk music to the Sertoma Youth Ranch.

Festival schedules
Acoustic workshops (west of entrance gate)

Band of Pirates earns a berth in the big show
The band will be part of a Pasco musical contingent heading to Tallahassee in May for competition against the best in the state.

Developers withdraw plans for apartments
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Developers announced they are withdrawing a rezoning application for Jordan Lakes, a controversial low-income apartment complex proposed for Little Road and Ross Lane.

Book notes get River Ridge teacher on ‘Oprah’
A local teacher was moved to send Oprah Winfrey her thoughts on We Were the Mulvaneys. She didn't think she'd be on TV.

The magic hasn't worn off
Gulf outfielder Nelson Rodriguez was always known for his glove. Now, after a lot of hard work, he's becoming known for his offense.

Top kicker transfers
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Kicker Gilbert Montelongo points at the scoreboard behind the north end zone and predicts he'll be able to hit it with one of his booming field goals.

Wildcats to play in college
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Coach John Castelamare can add two more names to the long list of football players he has sent to the next level: Matt Harden and Steve Spivey, who will be the first players from Wesley Chapel to play college football.

Pasco baseball
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "I'm pretty sure no one wanted to dive for a ball out where he was."

Out of the shadows
Zephyrhills tri-captain Russell Hartley and his .382 average are now at the top of the Bulldogs' lineup.

Man, 47, accused of robbing boy of bike
LAND O'LAKES -- A 47-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he shoved a 16-year-old boy, stole his bicycle and then threatened to beat up the boy's father, Pasco County Sheriff's deputies said.

Man sexually assaulted girl, 15, deputies say
HUDSON -- A 21-year-old Port Richey man was charged Wednesday with lewd and lascivious acts on a child after deputies said he touched a 15-year-old girl's genitals and performed sexual acts on her while she was semiconscious.

Japanese artwork returns to art center
The delicate brush and ink artwork was so popular that the Pasco Art Center revisits the intriguing work starting today.

Coming up
TODAY: Presenter Eddie Morelli will bring The Super Stars of Doo Wop to the Center for the Arts at River Ridge at 7:30 p.m.  

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