Sunday, December 10, 2017
News Roundup

Pasco: The Week's News in Words

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

"Moving a hospital is like changing the engine of an airplane while it's still in flight."

Nancy Bowen, a consultant with Health Care Transitions, which helped coordinate the transfer of patients from Community Hospital to the new Medical Center of Trinity.

"If you are setting sail on a five-year transitional timeline and you're leaving the board on the shoreline, then I would suggest … you may have rough seas ahead."

School Board chairwoman Joanne Hurley to superintendent Heather Fiorentino during a meeting in which board members complained of a lack of communication.

"You remember the nice places where you go. We need to make sure Pasco County does look good for the visitors that come here so they will come back."

County Commissioner Ted Schrader as he voted with the majority to continue a ban on animated signs.

"They aren't listening to us. And they are not considering what this will do to special events. They are trying to say that downtown businesses aren't already benefitting from these events, and that's just wrong."

West Pasco Chamber of Commerce executive director Joe Alpine after the New Port Richey City Council decided to allow bars to sell drinks "to go'' during downtown festivals.

"He told me he knew what true evil was. He told me that he had gone as far down the path as he could go."

Angel Peck testifying at Jackie Lee Braden's trial. Braden, 40, was sentenced to life for murdering his mother, Sherrill Wright, and stepfather, David Wright. Peck had a five-year relationship with Braden.

"When the court reporter sneezed, she even said 'bless you.' ''

Rob McCallum, public information officer for Colorado's 3rd Judicial District, describing the scene when Lee Grace Dougherty accepted a plea deal for her part in a cross-country crime spree that began in Zephyrhills.

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