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May 23, 2001

Graduation moment
[Times photo: Brendan Fitterer]
During a tense moment amid an evening of happy ones, Fellowship Baptist Academy salutatorian Tracy Gordon, center, becomes visibly upset, fearing she had forgotten a copy of the speech she was about to deliver during commencement Monday. Moments later, Gordon found it and, relieved and smiling, was able to give her address. At left is classmate Jeffery Griffin and, right, Rachel Fry.
Despite criticism, Tommytown spending plan accepted
County commissioners are concerned that the money spent there will deprive other needy areas in the coming years.

County considering new park tax
The commission votes 4-0 to draw up an ordinance for a new property tax, but it would require another vote to take effect.

All Children's clinic looking to expand in Pasco
Admissions at the clinic have grown 21 percent since 1998. Officials say they are looking at all options.

Murder suspect's bail brings scrutiny
He says he doesn't have enough money for an attorney -- then his $110,500 bail is paid and he's out of jail.

Tax plan for new parks worth consideration
A proposed 10-year plan to expand Pasco County's park system carries a price tag from $40-million to nearly $74-million and a suggested method to pay for only half of the expected cost -- a new impact fee on residential construction.

Wildcats win another track title
WESLEY CHAPEL -- No boys middle school track team has outrun Weightman in recent years.

Former Crusader finds success as Wolverine
When Danny McCain graduated from Canterbury in 1998, choosing a college was not difficult. Having grown up in Illinois, McCain wanted to return to the Midwest. His decision to attend Michigan, where he currently is a junior, came after meeting the tennis coach of 30 years, Brian Eisner.

Touch-screen voting goes on display
Five vendors show the future of county voting in an exposition of their wares: Some systems talk, some are multilingual.

Students key to population drop-off
Census data on Saint Leo's 41 percent loss in residents show hundreds no longer live on campus or call the school home.

Letters of thanks
With help, Youth Ensemble succeeded

Two bright futures subject to revision
One of Saddlebrook Prep's top students is waiting to finalize his choice of schools and summer plans. The other knows where he is going but may change his career plans.

School's class acts look to future
Land O'Lakes High School's valedictorian and salutatorian both say they'll attend the University of Florida.

Class notes
School Calendar

Discipline launches students to the top
His love of baseball and her dedication to track team helped these Gulf High School strive to become the cream of this year's crop of graduates.

Work, independence await graduates
"I've had to work hard," Jessica said of her climb to the top. "Hard work and I think being a little neurotic about my future is what got me here."

Police reports
Four men arrested over stolen equipment  

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