Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.
"We saw plenty of patches of oil moving in toward the coast. What was striking about it was that nothing out there was trying to capture it. You know eventually it's going to reach the shore."
Hernando Sheriff Richard Nugent, after flying over the beaches near the Florida Panhandle and viewing the oil spill.
"I guess what I did wasn't approved. I just wanted to protect myself. I wanted to protect my face."
Ann Guarnieri, a teacher at an exceptional education class at Moton Elementary, on an incident with a boy who tried to bite, kick and hit her with crutches as she escorted him down a hallway. She may lose her job for improperly restraining him.
"He was like her special project. She really works hard with that boy to get him to cooperate and he just won't."
David Price, a paraprofessional in Guarnieri's classroom, on her attitude toward the boy.
"The (owners) will make a ton of money and Spring Hill is going to lose its distinction because promises made for the community have not been kept.''
Collins Conner, Spring Hill resident and former Times reporter, on a proposal to build a medical complex in the 11 acres of woods adjacent to the entrance off U.S. 19 to the subdivision.
"It became apparent that this was not something the community was embracing."
Todd Pressman, an agent for Dr. Pariksith Singh, who withdrew his plans to build the medical office complex at the Spring Hill entrance after numerous neighbors complained.
"That makes him a fine man."
Carol McCarten of Spring Hill congratulating Singh on his decision.
"Can we cut more? Yes. Is it going to hurt? Yes."
School Board member Sandra Nicholson, on the tough budget decisions looming for the board this year.
"He's got to have a spot in heaven. Or she does."
Flossie Raines, on an anonymous donation of $55,124, which will keep open for a year the Little Rock Cannery that she oversees.