NEW PORT RICHEY
Kim S. Bogart, a former captain with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office who unsuccessfully ran for sheriff in 2008, has been hired as interim director of corrections in Osceola County. Bogart will receive $10,304 a month as Osceola searches for a full-time director for a jail plagued with scandal — two recent inmate escapes, the resignation of the chief and the firing of more than a dozen officers. According to news accounts, one inmate walked out of the jail on bail this year by using another inmate's name. "My job is to identify the issues and find resolution," Bogart told Fox 35 News in Orlando on Thursday. He said the procedures were in place — the problems were people not doing their jobs. In his time at the Osceola jail, he hopes "to make a significant improvement in the way we operate." Bogart was appointed to his new position April 19 by Osceola County Commissioners.
Reusable items needed for crafts
RESORCE Recycling Club will hold another Re-Use Factory from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to provide free craft supplies to local day cares and preschools. Yogurt cups, Popsicle sticks, egg cartons, coffee cans, old CDs and more will be available to people who provide proof, via school letterhead, that they represent a child care facility. The event will be at the North Trinity Self Storage facility at 4124 Little Road. To donate craft items for future events or for information, call Monica at (727) 857-0039 and leave a message or visit www.resorce.net.
'Bleacher Bums' sold out for tonight
The production of the comedy Bleacher Bums at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center scheduled for tonight is sold out. Tickets remain for shows on Sunday, Friday and May 1 and 2. Call (727) 942-5605 for details or visit www.tarponarts.org.
Free pancakes at K of C on May 1
The Volunteer Way, IHOP and Knights of Columbus will hold their monthly free pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 1 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 5850 K of C Drive (behind the Honda dealership on U.S. 19 and Ridge Road). Children can make Mother's Day cards, and mothers will receive a surprise gift. Information and applications for Florida Kid Care, state low-cost health insurance for children younger than 19, will also be available. For information, call (727) 815-0433 or visit www.thevolunteer way.org.