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Hernando's week in words

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

"Sophomoric attempts at innuendo, intimidation by baseless public records requests and publication of same to the media before allowing a response in order to get a controversial headline is irresponsible and does not promote open dialogue."

Chief Circuit Judge Daniel Merritt Sr., rebuffing County Commissioner Jeff Stabins' two public record requests for a 2005 study of courtroom space needs.

"He doesn't own the courthouse. It belongs to the people of Hernando County."

Stabins, responding to Merritt's comments about his records request.

"I want (the judiciary) to recognize that there are wants and there are needs, and in 2011 we can only afford needs."

Stabins, pressing Merritt to justify the need for finding more office space for the judiciary.

"I just saw the car fly right past us and crash into the bathroom and our X-ray room."

Rich Ribeiro, an X-ray technician who watched as a car plowed into the waiting room of the medical office where he works on the Oak Hill Hospital campus. Two people were injured.

"This will be here till the cows come home."

SunTrust chairman and CEO Jim Kimbrough, praising the bank's building in downtown Brooksville, which he hopes to sell to the County Commission for office space.

"So many times when we allow kids to take part in something, they get it right."

School Board member Dianne Bonfield, praising elementary school students for voting to name the new K-8 school Winding Waters.

"I was complaining and complaining, and I finally decided to do something about it."

Gary Thomas of Spring Hill, who helped develop a phone application to prevent teens from texting while driving.

"Robbie would do just about anything to get a laugh out of people. And if you played a joke on him, he laughed just as hard.''

Beverly Aaron of Brooksville, recalling her husband, Robbie Aaron, a fixture at the Citrus County Speedway for 24 years, who died recently at age 52.

Hernando's week in words 02/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 19, 2011 12:52pm]
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