State Farm Insurance agent appointed to Florida Elections Commission

NEW PORT RICHEY

Pasco man appointed to elections panel

Tim Holladay, a local State Farm Insurance agent, has been appointed to chair the Florida Elections Commission, the panel that handles complaints about candidates' conduct or financial reports. Gov. Rick Scott's office announced the appointment Thursday. Holladay, 59, would succeed Jorge Cruz-Bustillo and would serve a term ending Jan. 5, 2015. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Fire spews heavy smoke onto SR 56

Fire crews battled a 25-acre blaze Thursday that likely erupted in a lightning storm Wednesday evening. The fire was in a swamp near State Road 56 and Mansfield Boulevard. Signs on nearby roads warned drivers of heavy smoke, said Division of Forestry spokesman Don Ruths. The fire was contained and did not threaten any homes or other buildings. Pasco County commissioners imposed a burn ban earlier this week because of the dry, hazardous weather conditions. Open camp fires and fireworks are banned for the time being (although professional fireworks displays will still be allowed for the Fourth of July). "Hopefully we'll get some rain soon," Ruths said.

HUDSON

Accident victim's name released

Authorities have released the name of the 49-year-old motorcyclist who died in a crash Wednesday evening. Charles Marshall Whittemore was speeding north on U.S. 19 and weaving through traffic when his motorcycle rear-ended a 1998 Chevy Blazer just south of Beacon Woods Drive, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Whittemore's 1996 Suzuki motorcycle then hit a 2000 Pontiac sitting in the driveway of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Whittemore, of Hudson, died at the scene from his injuries. None of the people in the other cars were injured.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Ham Radio Field Day this weekend

The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club will host the Ham Radio Field Day from 2 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday in the field across from Dobies Funeral Home, 6616 Congress St., near Indiana Avenue. The field day is the largest on-the-air operating event in amateur radio. It draws tens of thousands of amateur radio operators to the airwaves for a weekend of fun. For information, visit gulfcoastarc.org.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Free oral HIV testing Thursday

The Pasco County Health Department will provide free oral HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Spirit of Life Metropolitan Community Church, 4133 Thys Road. Testing is confidential. For information, call and leave a message for Pat at (727) 861-5260, ext. 172.

State Farm Insurance agent appointed to Florida Elections Commission 06/23/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:26pm]

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