St. Petersburg Times Online: News of Florida
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
  • State halts plan for heavier semitrailer trucks
  • In farewell, Nelson lauds Cabinet for collegial spirit
  • Around the state

  • From the state wire

  • Hurricane Jeanne appears on track to hit Florida's east coast
  • Rumor mill working overtime after Florida hurricanes
  • Developments associated with Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne
  • Four killed in Panhandle plane crash were on Ivan charity mission
  • Hurricane Frances caused estimated $4.4 billion in insured damage
  • Disabled want more handicapped-accessible voting machines
  • USF forces administrators to resign over test score changes
  • Man's death at Universal Studios ruled accidental
  • State child welfare workers in Miami fail to do background checks
  • Hurricane Jeanne heads toward southeast U.S. coast
  • Hurricane Jeanne spurs more anxiety for storm-weary Floridians
  • Mistrial declared in case where teen was target of racial "joke"
  • Panhandle utility wants sewer plant moved to higher ground
  • State employee arrested on theft, bribery charges
  • Homestead house fire kills four children, one adult
  • Pierson leader tries to cut off relief to local fern cutters
  • Florida's high court rules Terri's law unconstitutional
  • Jacksonville students punished for putting stripper pole in dorm
  • FEMA handling nearly 600,000 applications for help
  • Man who killed wife, niece, self also killed mother in 1971
  • Producer sues city over lead ball fired by Miami police
  • Tourism suffers across Florida after pummeling by hurricanes
  • Key dates in the life of Terri Schiavo
  • An excerpt from the unanimous ruling in the Schiavo case
  • Four confirmed dead after small plane crash in Panhandle
  • Correction: Disney-Cruise Line story
  • tampabay.com

    printer version

    Around the state

    By Times staff reports

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 13, 2000


    Two new regents may serve shortened terms

    Gov. Jeb Bush has appointed two new members to the state Board of Regents, a panel slated to go out of existence no later than 2003.

    One is Richard A. "Dick" Beard III, a prominent Tampa developer. His consulting company, R.A. Beard Co., reviews projects from all over the world.

    Beard, 56, will replace Gwen McLin, a writer and teacher from Okahumpka, near Leesburg.

    The other appointee is Carolyn Roberts, an Ocala real estate agent who is a regents veteran, having served on the board from 1989 through 1995. She will replace C.B. Daniel, a Gainesville banker.

    Both appointments are subject to approval by the state Cabinet and the Florida Senate.

    The new members are not likely to serve very long. A state-mandated overhaul of Florida's education system is expected to eliminate the regents, perhaps as early as next year. The board's duties would then be split between a seven-member state board of education and boards of trustees at each of Florida's 10 state universities.

    Plane in trouble lands in field; pilot walks away

    PLANT CITY -- A St. Pete Beach man escaped injury Tuesday when he landed a single-engine plane in a field off Midway Road.

    Donald S. Thomasson, 54, walked away from the slightly damaged, 43-year-old Cessna 182. The plane's landing gear was damaged when Thomasson struck a fence in the field.

    Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Rod Reder said Thomasson first attempted a landing at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, but his engine stalled. Thomasson managed to guide the plane a few miles west into Hillsborough, where he landed about 1:45 p.m.

    Reder said the Cessna was owned by the Tampa Bay Soaring Society in Zephyrhills, where Thomasson took off.

    The Federal Aviation Authority will investigate.

    Back to State news

    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
     
    Special Links
    Lucy Morgan


    From the Times state desk