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Hernando County newsmakers' words

Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"I'm not going to jail. I have a court date at 9 for my son and you're not getting into my vehicle. You're not stopping me.''

Brittany Miles, to a Pasco deputy who was trying to stop her from driving away from a traffic stop in May. Miles is accused of injuring the deputy and later running into and killing a motorcyclist.

"I ran for my son, so I wouldn't lose him. I guess now I lost him anyway.''

Miles, speaking to a deputy after being arrested.

"I think it's indicative of the feeling that I get from the governor and the Legislature that Hernando is pretty much an afterthought."

Hernando Superintendent Bryan Blavatt, on the wait for Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a fifth School Board member to fill a position vacant for four months.

"Since he's so ideologically driven toward getting rid of public schools, my guess is he's looking for someone to upset the apple cart down there. It's pretty clear this governor doesn't make politically neutral appointments."

Richard Scher, a political science professor at the University of Florida, on why Scott is waiting to appoint a new School Board member.

"We're on a new road today. The vote of the public told us this is the way to go.''

County Commissioner John Druzbick, after the Spring Hill Fire Rescue board voted to dissolve the fire district and consolidate with Hernando County.

"I held him like I held him the day he was born.''

Chuck Mecklenburg, describing how he held the urn holding the remains of his son, Deputy John Mecklenburg, on a recent morning.

"If you knew John, you would know there aren't any bad guys. These are just people going the wrong way.''

Judi Mecklenburg, describing her son's attitude toward how he dealt with the people he encountered in his job.

"This is just one more horribly tragic example of how prescription drugs can be as lethal as firearms when they get into the wrong hands.''

Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis, on the arrest of a Spring Hill woman accused of leaving out an oxycodone pill that her 2-year-old daughter took and later died.

"You just have to wonder what happens to those kids if they close this park.''

Ed Ritter, a tournament director, on the ramifications to ballplayers if the county moves ahead with plans to close Ernie Wever Youth Park because of budget cuts.

Hernando County newsmakers' words 07/16/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 16, 2011 12:14pm]
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