Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events , in the words of the newsmakers.
"For a few seconds, everything went blank. I thought I was actually going to die.
Presley Hammon, 9, who was petting his neighbor's cows when a bolt of lightning struck a fence and slammed him to the ground.
"I don't think there's ever enough money in the county to make him happy. We're doing the best we can with the amount of money we have right now."
County Commissioner Michael Cox, above, reacting to Sheriff Bob White's latest demand for more tax dollars. White fired a national security firm after one of its guards slapped a 13-year-old boy. White then said he needed more money to provide adequate service.
"My wife and I want you to have this."
An anonymous Tarpon Springs man who drove up to hand-deliver a $5,000 check to the Rev. Harry "Bucky'' Buckwalter after his church, Lakeview Baptist in Hudson, burned to the ground.
"I wouldn't blame you, if all I had was the newspaper to read."
New Port Richey Mayor Scott McPherson, left, as he deflected recent criticism for a run-in with sheriff's deputies at a bar and grill. He suggested any negative reactions toward him were in part because the "print media'' took his words out of context.
"We don't wring their necks. I don't know where they got that."
Zig Vanderwall, founder of the Gulfcoast Homing Pigeon Club in Shady Hills, after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals alleged pigeon racing is cruel.
"I have had wonderful opportunities here in Pasco County. There comes a time when somebody wants to pursue other interests.''
Eva Hunsberger, principal at Chester Taylor Elementary, who is retiring Aug. 13.