Pedestrian is killed trying to cross U.S. 19
A 77-year-old man walking across U.S. 19 died Wednesday morning after being hit by a car, authorities said. The collision happened about 9:40 a.m. in a northbound lane at Bartelt Road, said Sgt. Steve Gaskins of the Florida Highway Patrol. David Nathanger Walker, of Holiday, attempted to cross the busy road without using a crosswalk, Gaskins said. He was hit by a 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Jaimee A. Torres, 20, of Largo. Torres was taken to Community Hospital in New Port Richey with minor injuries, a report said. Walker died at the scene of the crash. Gaskins said the investigation is continuing.
Four-day school week studied
During Pasco County school budget deliberations, the idea of generating savings through a four-day class week repeatedly came up. The School Board has decided to investigate whether it's a worthwhile proposition. After limited conversation Tuesday evening, the board gave approval to the creation of a task force to look into the pros and cons. Board members each will nominate a parent from their districts, to ensure geographic diversity, and superintendent Heather Fiorentino will recommend administrators to serve. The group is expected to meet twice monthly, culminating with two public hearings in February before making recommendations to the full board in March. Board member Steve Luikart, who proposed the committee, will be the chairman.
Nugent plans pair of public meetings
U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Spring Hill, will hold two town hall meetings Friday morning in east Pasco. Constituents are invited to ask questions, offer opinions and get an update on issues facing Congress. The meetings Friday will run from 9 to 10 a.m. at Zephyrhills City Hall, 5335 Eighth St.; and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the City Hall in Dade City, 14150 Fifth St. For information, contact Nugent's office toll-free at 1-866-492-4835.
School supply donations needed
The Salvation Army's East Pasco Service Center is hosting a back to school supplies drive for students in grade 1 through 12. People may drop off donations of backpacks and school supplies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 15 at the center, 14445 Seventh St., Dade City. For information, call Candy Boden at (352) 521-3126.
Republican Club to take straw poll
The Wesley Chapel Republican Club will hold a presidential straw poll at its meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 11. Results of the straw poll will be divulged at the end of the general meeting. The club meets the second Thursday of each month at the Hyundai dealership at 27000 Wesley Chapel Blvd. (one mile west of Interstate 75).