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 North of Tampa: October 29, 2000 October 29, 2000

Plunging into pumpkinsphoto
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
Kate Snellgrove, 4, dashes through rows of pumpkins for sale at the Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church pumpkin patch. Her mother was selling pumpkins to raise money for the youth ministry.
Candidates state their case at forum

Carrollwood voters got a chance to rate the people they'll be casting ballots for in local elections on Nov. 7.

Idlewild aims higher with its sanctuary
LUTZ -- Idlewild Baptist Church needs a height variance from the county if it wants to proceed with development plans for a new church campus planned for 144 acres off Van Dyke Road.

Westchase rethinks day care closing
One member of the Westchase Community Association board quits, citing "personal agendas."

Pipeline to the future
Nature takes a temporary back seat while water managers try to deal with burgeoning growth and install a pipeline to help pump up the water suppply.

Couple fulfilling dream with lakeside log home
ODESSA -- When the drilling is done, a carpenter yells out for another wooden beam.

Area golf talent packs regionals
Gaither and Wharton boys and Gaither and Chamberlain girls will compete for the privilege to go to state.

Gryphons persist, advance to regionals
A second-place finish at districts means the Sickles team qualifies for regionals for the third year. "We are still in this hunt," says the coach.

Wharton volleyball heads to playoffs
The Wildcats are "best at the net," their coach says, but it is their strong defense that gets them to the post-season.

Landowner sits back and watches buying frenzy
LAND O'LAKES -- Jimmie Aprile is starting to feel like the last guy to cash out of a winning poker game.

Y celebrates 15th anniversary and says thanks for the memories
The Bob Sierra branch YMCA started in 1985 with 300 members; it now serves nearly 11,000.

City, state seek to ease traffic, but solutions may be years away
Planning consultants have been hired for a bridge study and other projects.

Challenge runs on shoestring, shoe leather
Chris Gregg races uphill with little money, name recognition or experience. Even incumbent District 48 state Rep. Gus Bilirakis gives his opponent credit for working hard.

Four face off for three supervisor positions
TAMPA PALMS -- Next month, Tampa Palms voters will choose three supervisors from a field of four to serve on the Tampa Palms Community Development District.

Aesthetics, value concern candidates
Three people running for seats on the Community Development District board gather to answer questions from residents and reporters. A fourth does not attend.

Residents of Cheval West to have more say
Residents will gain two more seats on the development district's Board of Supervisors. Four are running for three open seats.

Brokers: Set aside more land for industrial parks
LAND O'LAKES -- Pasco County could condemn itself to being little more than a jobs-poor bedroom community unless the county sets aside more land for business parks and industry, according to several Tampa Bay area real estate brokers.

The week in review
RELAPSE FOR STRAWBERRY: Darryl Strawberry was arrested after reportedly leaving a drug treatment center to take drugs with a friend, a violation of his probation on previous drug charges. He returned to the facility and tested positive for crack cocaine and Xanax, a prescription antidepressant, officials said.

Accident report
1. PLANTATION BOULEVARD AT ASHBOURNE CIRCLE, OCT. 13, 2:15 A.M.: The driver of a northbound 1987 Ford fell asleep and drove into a tree at 35 mph. The 55-year-old man was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.

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