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Forecasted storm cancels Dade City holiday parade


Forecasted storm cancels holiday parade

The Dade City Chamber of Commerce has canceled the annual Christmas Parade scheduled for 7 tonight. The chamber said the impending storm front would impede the safety of parade participants and spectators, said a statement released Thursday. "We've been fielding calls all week from concerned parents," said Nita Beckwith, the chamber's executive director. "Actually, a lot of people are relieved." There is no makeup date scheduled. Beckwith said that by the time the chamber obtained the proper permitting necessary to close the roads, Christmas would have already passed.


Head punch leads to brain surgery

Authorities say Thomas James Carter was ready to fight — and that he landed one blow so hard that the victim had swelling and bleeding of the brain that required surgery. A report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Carter, 20, threatened to fight Richard Gibson on Nov. 14 at the home they share in Moon Lake Estates. They were arguing in the driveway about the cleanliness of their mobile home at 10548 Olsen St., the report said. Gibson, 25, said he did not want to fight and began to walk away. Witnesses told deputies that Carter went after Gibson and punched him on the side of the head while Gibson wasn't looking. Gibson was flown to Tampa General Hospital, where he underwent brain surgery for his injuries. Carter told deputies he pushed Gibson but did not punch him. Carter was arrested Wednesday on a charge of aggravated battery and remains at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.


Take home a free pine tree to plant

Dr. Garland Forbes, a local endodontist, will hand out 2,000 free trees starting at 1:30 p.m. today outside the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. After a ceremonial tree planting, people may pick up seedlings to plant. The first-generation longleaf pine tree seedlings are between 10 and 16 inches tall. Forbes is providing them as part of his annual "Plant 1,000 Trees Before You Die" campaign. For information visit


Go see kids stage 'The Nutcracker'

Looking for some holiday cheer? DanzAmericas Project Inc. will present The Nutcracker at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. This production features 55 students ranging in age from 5 to 18. For information or tickets, call (813) 558-0800 or visit

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