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March 21, 2001

Park to remain open despite arsenic threat
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[Times photo: Douglas R. Clifford]
A county Health Department official says there is little chance of being poisoned by tainted playground soil.
Lower lake levels, lower taxes, homeowners say
Spring Hill residents tell the county that their dry lakes should mean a drop in their property tax assessments.

Road work may cost city extra $1-million
The contractor Brooksville hired to relocate utility lines in a road-widening project is claiming an additional $1.1-million.

Large sheds get commission's attention
Prompted by a shed in Diane Rowden's neighborhood, the commission narrowly decides to look into the issue.

Drug Court strikes at heart of problem
It is encouraging news that Hernando County is preparing to establish a judicial program that will provide meaningful treatment for drug-addicted defendants who commit non-violent crimes, instead of continuing to warehouse them in an already overburdened prison.

Driver's ed enhances road safety
Editor: Re: Schools to stop driver training, March 14 Hernando Times:

Heart surgeon to convert ranch into big-time winery
LAND O'LAKES -- Will area wine lovers soon sip North Suncoast Cabernet Sauvignons, Land O'Lakes Lambruscas or Pasco County Pinot Noirs?

St. Leo's basketball coach full of enthusiasm for new job
SAINT LEO -- He was offered his first collegiate head coaching job Thursday. On Friday, he accepted it. He was already at work Saturday, scouting potential recruits. Early Monday morning, he was in the hospital with his wife as she gave birth to their second child. That evening, he met his new players for the first time.

Hometown Hernando
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Notes of thanks
The Dawn Center would like to express its sincere appreciation to the Centurions Motorcycle Club, Suncoast Florida Chapter, for their recent cash donation to our agency. As a non-profit organization that provides free services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, etc., donations of this type to the Dawn Center are always welcome.

Bears find a way against ranked rival Hernando
Central coach Benny Martinez has seen his team struggle to stay at .500 most of the season, so the Bears' role as underdog Friday night was even more obvious than usual.

Commission approves deal for Lowe's plans to proceed
BROOKSVILLE -- With almost no discussion, Hernando County commissioners unanimously approved an agreement that will allow Lowe's Home Centers Inc. to build a new store at Berkeley Manor Boulevard and U.S. 19.

Hernando digest
Exchange students need host families

Fraud suspect surrenders
A former Spring Hill homebuilder accused of cheating customers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars turned himself in to authorities Monday.  


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