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Former Hernando County schools chief John Sanders in serious condition

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Former schools chief Sanders in serious condition

Former Hernando County schools superintendent John Sanders remained in serious condition Monday after a car accident in Georgia that left him in a coma. Sanders, 72, suffered severe brain trauma and crushed ribs after crashing into a dump truck on Interstate 95 near Brunswick on March 23, the Fort Myers News-Press reported. He was admitted to the intensive care unit at Memorial University Health Center in Savannah. His wife, Camille, was treated for less serious injuries. Sanders led the Hernando schools from 1995 to 2001 before assuming the top school job in Lee County. He and his wife were returning to their Fort Myers home after a visit with one of their grandchildren when the accident occurred.

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Today's meetings

Hernando County Budget and Finance Committee, 9 a.m., Commission Chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Hernando County Metropolitan Planning Organization's Technical Advisory Committee, Room 261, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Hernando County Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizens Advisory Committee, 4 p.m., Room 261, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Today's picks

Chinsegut Nature Center Big Pine bird and wildflower walk: 9-11 a.m. Meet at the Big Pine parking lot on Old Crystal River Road, north of Brooksville. Free.

Hernando County Fair: 5-11 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St., Brooksville. Gate admission is free for those who purchase a $10 armband for the midway; otherwise, the cost is $7 for adults, $4 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger; parking $2. (352) 796-4552. Today's events include:

•Parade of horse breeds, 5:30 p.m.

•Karaoke contest, 6 p.m.

• Swine sale, 6 p.m.

'Twilight' fun and games at library: 3-7 p.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. For youth ages 12-17. Free. (352) 540-6374.

'Why Landscapes Fail' horticulture class: 6:30 p.m., East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Free. (352) 754-4433.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

Former Hernando County schools chief John Sanders in serious condition 04/06/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 6, 2009 8:28pm]
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