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Sleepy school bus driver could be fired

BROOKSVILLE

Sleepy school bus driver could be fired

The school district is moving to fire a 63-year-old bus driver who fell asleep at the wheel last month, resulting in a rear-end collision with a pickup truck at the intersection of Powell Road and California Street in Brooksville. Ronald Pizzo was returning to the bus compound after finishing his morning route for Fox Chapel Middle School and Gulf Coast Academy when he dozed off and hit the pickup truck, causing the truck to hit a car in front of it, according to a district report. There were no students on board and no one was injured. An attendant on the bus told school officials after the incident that Pizzo was having trouble staying awake that morning, and she yelled his name when she saw he wasn't slowing down at the intersection. Pizzo told school officials that he didn't sleep well the night before. Pizzo has been in at least three minor crashes since joining the district in 2006, records show. The most recent came earlier this school year, when he backed into a pillar at the bus compound. Pizzo declined an offer to stay employed as a bus attendant. The School Board will consider superintendent Bryan Blavatt's recommendation for termination at a special meeting Feb. 1.

Water authority elects officials

Hernando County Commissioner John Druzbick was elected as treasurer and Commissioner Wayne Dukes was elected to the board of the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority at its meeting Wednesday. The authority represents Citrus, Hernando, Marion and Sumter counties.

Time to dance for dads, daughters

Hernando County Recreation is selling tickets to the annual Father/Daughter Dance, which will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4-5 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd. The event will include music, snacks and drinks. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Registration forms are available at the recreation office, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., or online at hernandocounty.us/parks_rec. Payment must be made by check, money order or credit card (MasterCard or Visa); no cash will be accepted. For information, call (352) 754-4031.

HIGH POINT

Concert benefits fire department

The "Florida Stars on the Horizon" benefit concert will be at 7 p.m. today at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Clubhouse Road. Featured performers include Country Clay Kirk, Jessie Jay Hudson, Normie Dunn, Sondra Hunt, Ashley Shannon and Madi T. Bachellor. The concert is a fundraiser for the High Point Fire Department, hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. Donations will be accepted; a donation box will be at the door. For information, call (352) 597-9887.

Today's picks

Florida Classic Clusters dog show: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Continues through Sunday. Free admission; $5 parking. (813) 480-3975. florida classicpark.com.

Florida Manatee Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue, Crystal River. $3; 12 and younger free. (352) 726-2801.

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Sleepy school bus driver could be fired 01/21/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 21, 2011 7:59pm]
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