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May 10, 2001

Mom in right seat to see daughter graduate
[Times photo: Brendan Fitterer]
Margie Romano had the best seat to see her daughter graduate -- the one right next to her.
Dade City, DOT to confer on bypass dispute
City officials say they can proceed with plans to protest the U.S. 98 bypass project if the talks do not end in an agreement.

City aims to ease bugs' bite
Port Richey will take on no-see-ums through a deal with a company testing a remedy.

Early news on school finances discouraging
District officials are worried about next school year because they say there is little, if any, extra money available for new projects.

Incinerator for burning tree limbs withdrawn
The central Pasco project stirred concern about harming the water supply.

Consultant recommends 4 new libraries
New facilities are recommended for Trinity, Wesley Chapel, Moon Lake and San Antonio with major expansions at Land O'Lakes, Dade City, Hudson and New Port Richey.

Gambling boat bid stirs old concerns
Without so much as a how-do-you-do, a new gambling boat company gets a rude awakening at a City Council meeting.

Maybe Justin belongs in a special school
Re: Mom fights for son, 3, kicked off bus.

San Antonio approves zoning for 25 homes
The mayor says the water usage is down thanks to conservation, and the census shows a population decline.

County leaders explore consumer lures
A group discusses the feasibility of an event complex and other Pasco attractions.

Church relocation could cost more
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Moving Our Lady Queen of Peace Church from Washington Street to Sims Park is going to cost more than was originally planned.

Residents to discuss planned homes
Homeowners in Grovewood Estates plan to meet tonight for barbecue and to share their beefs over a proposed 500-home subdivision southwest of State Road 52 and the Suncoast Parkway.

Knights' Johnson commits to NAIA contender
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Spring Hill College was six minutes from the NAIA Division I final four when the Badgers' center fouled out. So, for the second consecutive year, Spring Hill's season ended in the national quarterfinals.

Unhappy with offer, Hambrick threatens to retire
Lacoochee native and Pasco High football legend Darren Hambrick and the Dallas Cowboys are at an impasse over a new contract, and without a substantial raise, Hambrick is threatening to retire after four years in the NFL, according to news reports.

Latest Wall could best his brothers
LAND O'LAKES -- Forgive Al Claggett if he gets confused. Coaching three different discus throwers with the last name Wall in the same decade can do that to a coach.

Around the county

A little friendly competition
River Ridge pole vaulters Mike Brock and Bryan Gibson will end their personal rivalry at Saturday's state meet.

Gators suspend hurdler Pestana
LAND O'LAKES -- Hurdler Godfrey Pestana, who qualified for his first state meet at Thursday's regional, has been suspended from the Land O'Lakes team for violating unspecified school rules. He will miss Friday's Class 3A state championships at Coral Springs.  

Other North Suncoast news
  • More than spirit lifts this team
  • Health tests now free to all women
  • Idea of tax break for seniors resurfaces
  • PHCC funding, fees to increase
  • Tax laggards are not fair to the rest of us
  • Hungry for success
  • Coach seeks the advice of ex-Leopard
  • Summer tour for juniors tees off next month
  • Burglaries tied to car chase suspect
  • Police reports
  • Internship to take student from Brooksville to Bonn
  • Teacher shows pupils steps to independence
  • Class notes
  • Training offered on heart device
  • School worker accused in computer theft case
  • Tourist groups to talk about their future
  • Board addresses issues of civility
  • Students rally around fading agriculture
  • Original artwork found in Sprint Yellow Pages
  • 23 students recognized for achievement
  • Star Catamount not satisfied
  • Citrus County math field day results
  • Newsmakers
  • Class notes
  • Say it
  • This year's Pullet-Surprise goes to . . .
  • Computer users group offers classes in June
  • Letter carriers' annual effort to collect food on Saturday
  • Achievers
  • The school board in brief

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