Alfred A. McKethan Park on Pine Island will reopen July 1, county officials announced Wednesday. Park hours will be from 7 a.m. to sunset daily. A fee of $1 per vehicle will be collected at the gate from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park and beach were damaged heavily by the March 13 flood, and construction workers have spent the past several months rebuilding facilities. All of the work is nearing completion, including the addition of a playground for children, said Linda McKinney of the county Community Services Department. The concession stand at the park also will reopen next week, McKinney said.
Revenge suspected in fire
BROOKSVILLE _ An 18-year-old arson suspect arrested earlier this week is believed to have set fire to a mobile home two weeks ago as revenge against her boyfriend, authorities say. Authorities also suspect that Mary Ann Sanders, now of 385 Union St., Apt. 14, had taken out insurance policies on the home at 4471 Orlando Ave. and was hoping to collect a settlement. Her boyfriend was a tenant in the home. Sanders faces two arson charges and two charges of insurance fraud. She remained in jail Wednesday in lieu of $30,000 bail.
Foundation gets new chief
Dr. Donald Vierling, a west Pasco physician, has been elected chairman of the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation, which raises money for scholarships and other college programs. The foundation board also elected Spring Hill businessman Hugh McGeehan as vice chairman. Vierling replaces David Class as board chairman, and McGeehan replaces Vierling as vice chairman. The board recognized retiring board member Roy Bain as foundation director of the year. Bain is publisher of the Pasco Times, Hernando Times and Citrus Times, and has been a foundation board member since 1984. He served two terms as chairman.