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September 22, 2000

Deputies arrest anti-drug activist in bust
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[Times photo: John Pendygraft]
A deputy's report says she sold crack cocaine on a corner where she ran drug dealers off two years ago.
Gas line unwelcome as neighbor

The meeting crowd is clear about a proposed natural gas line: It's too close to people.

Paragon to add 150 jobs to its growing call center
With its second expansion in less than two years, the marketing company will employ close to 400 people.

Middle school student suspended, arrested after bomb threat
WESLEY CHAPEL -- A 13-year-old Thomas E. Weightman Middle School student accused of scrawling a bomb threat on a paper towel Tuesday afternoon in the boys' bathroom has been suspended and will be recommended for expulsion, school officials said..

City officials pass a spending plan
The tax rate is the same, but rising property values will bring in more money. A new city attorney also is sought.

Cities fight over fire department funding
The volunteer fire department for San Antonio and Saint Leo has asked each city for $10,000 for a new rescue truck.

Deputy injured in collision with U-Haul truck
NEW PORT RICHEY -- A Pasco County sheriff's deputy suffered an apparent broken arm Thursday night when his patrol car collided with a U-Haul truck, officials said. The deputy's cruiser caught fire moments after the collision. The driver of the U-Haul, a young woman whose name was not available, and the deputy were transported to local hospitals. The woman's injuries did not appear serious. The crash occurred at 8 p.m. on Congress Street just south of Ridge Road.

Commissioners give in to sheriff far too easily
In a unanimous vote this week, Pasco County commissioners sent a signal to the 1,600 county employees under the control of County Administrator John Gallagher: We value sheriff's deputies more than you.

Bus route change would restore, improve service
Editor: Attention residents of Holiday Hills, Shalimar Village and Windtree Apartments. I have suggested a slight change in routing for bus 23, which could restore bus service to this area. Instead of reaching Ridge Road by going down U.S. 19 from Gulf View Mall, if the bus would go through Holiday Hills to Roble Way and Stone Road and then to Congress Street and Ridge Road and continue its regular routing, it would give quick service to and from the mall to this area, and no one would have to walk across Ridge Road or 19. If the return trip entered the mall from Target, it would restore service to Target also.

The rivalry you may have never heard of
NEW PORT RICHEY -- You know that Ridgewood had the 35-game losing streak. You know that Gulf hasn't made the playoffs in approximately 70 years of high school football. You know, truth be told, that both teams have been pretty bad in recent years.

Pasco football games
RIDGEWOOD (1-1) AT GULF (1-2)

Getting a win crucial for River Ridge
After an 0-3 start, the Royal Knights must starting winning soon if they still hope to reach the playoffs.

Pirates, Bulldogs look to topple old order
Pasco and Zephyrhills have high hopes of ending Hillsborough County's dominance over Pasco County schools.

Player spotlight: Wesley Chapel receiver Tyrone Tomlin
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Tonight, when all those Division I recruiters are busy scouting Clearwater Central Catholic quarterback Jay Davis, or wideouts Carl Edwards and Carl Wahlbeck, a player on the Wesley Chapel sideline just might catch their eye.

By the numbers
2 -- interceptions returned for touchdowns by Gulf's Ryan Kaller.

Perfection required to slay Goliath
Random musings about tonight's football games:

Player spotlight: Gulf defensive back Ryan Kaller
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Before Ryan Kaller was lost in a sea of screaming green, before he had a chance to celebrate his touchdown, before he even got around to doing his best impersonation of the Deion Sanders Touchdown Dance, the Gulf junior showed the kind of heads-up thinking that makes him a coach's favorite.

Spotlight on dancing
A dance studio owner says he goes out of his way not to pressure clients and simply offers "a way to make you feel better about yourself."

HMO, doctors sued over death
A man dies days after going blind in one eye. The seriousness of his condition was neglected, the suit contends.

Dade City YMCA nears funding goals
DADE CITY -- A YMCA in Dade City may be just months away, if the ongoing fund drive can come up with $30,000 more.

Sheriff's Office seeks volunteers to work with kids at Safety Town
NEW PORT RICHEY -- The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is looking for a few good volunteers.  


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