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August 25, 2000

Beetle battle gets bigger; parts of forest closed
BROOKSVILLE -- For the first time since the Southern pine beetle appeared in Hernando County a year ago, the aggressive pest has forced the closure of roads and trails in the most popular part of the Withlacoochee State Forest, the Croom Tract northwest of Brooksville.

Volunteer faces 2nd sex abuse charge
The family of a 10-year-old boy accuses a Brooksville church volunteer of sexually assaulting their child.

Cement plant's air permit rare
Florida Crushed Stone's state permit is unusual in its inclusion of air quality monitors.

Gail Coleman for School Board
Gail Coleman is the only candidate running for the Hernando School Board District 2 seat who:

Mall plan ignores Florida weather
Editor: Re: Mall's open walkways big mistake, letter to the editor: I am in complete agreement with the views you have already received concerning the new Coastal Way Shopping Center. The developer failed to take into account the scorching sun and torrential rains that frequently occur during our summer months.

Candidate replies
My name is Herbert E. Pletcher and I am a Republican candidate for the office of Hernando County sheriff. This rebuttal is being submitted in answer to comments made by the Hernando Times in its endorsement of Richard Nugent on Aug. 21.

'Light classical' dinner concert set
The Weeki Wachee event, featuring a brass quintet, is sold out, but a variety show and nostalgic comedy are coming.

Man charged with burglary
RIDGE MANOR -- A man faces a burglary charge after authorities say he broke into a Ridge Manor home and stole $1,200 in cash and $3,605 in jewelry. Shawn M. Kegney, 20, of 13194 Ester Drive near Royal Highlands subdivision was arrested Thursday after he kicked open the home's front door Aug. 19, went to the master bedroom and took the cash, as well as three men's rings, three necklaces, two watches, two money clips, five sets of cuff links and three bracelets, a sheriff's report said. When investigators questioned him, Kegney initially denied committing the burglary, then later said he did it and promised he would turn the jewelry into the Sheriff's Office, a report said. Instead, Kegney went to the burglarized home, returned the goods to the victim and asked that the resident drop the charges against him, a report said.

Bulldog, Pirate staffs to keep watchful eye on players
Pasco takes on South Sumter while Zephyrhills faces Springstead in preseason kickoff classics tonight.


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