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Kids' teams may get a shot at the big time

For the thousands of kids who play in Hillsborough's youth football leagues, the reward for a season of hard work could be a chance to play where the pros play.

County Commissioner Jim Norman is working on a plan to move league championship games from small fields scattered throughout the county to Tampa Stadium. The county's "super bowl" is tentatively set for early December, Norman said.

"I want them playing in the big house," he said.

Under the plan, teams would play their seasons on their regular fields. But championship games for all age groups would be played on one day at Tampa Stadium.

Norman said he also would like to see high school championship games played in the stadium.

"We should have that benefit for our children," he said.

Norman said he will meet with representatives of Tampa Stadium and Hillsborough County schools to work out the details.

"Other than dates to be worked out, I don't see any problems," he said.


A face-off at the top

Mayor Sandy Freedman got the attention of local judges last week, and now they've got a message for her.

If the city wants help recovering the costs of chasing crooks, officials must obey the law and provide the paperwork showing what costs police incurred.

Florida law allows judges to require convicted defendants to cover the costs of investigating their crimes. Last week, Freedman chided Hillsborough judges, saying only two of them had done that. The city estimates it could collect $1-million annually. As is, it gets about $25,000.

In response, county administrative Judge James Dominguez wrote that Freedman's letter contained "some inaccuracies" and asked for a meeting.

Dominguez said city officials never met with him or any of the other county judges in Tampa. Moreover, city officials have proposed collecting an even $70 per case, regardless of the offense.

County Judge Daniel Perry said prosecutors requested reimbursement only once last fall.

"I said, "What are they for?' and they said, "We don't know,'

" he said. "And I said, "Well, I'm not going to give it to you unless you can tell me what it's for.' And that's the last I ever heard of it until I got this letter from the mayor."


Historic landmarks

Two old schoolhouses at opposite ends of the county and a 122-year-old private home on the shores of Lake Thonotosassa became Hillsborough's newest historic landmarks Tuesday.

In unanimous votes, county commissioners approved adding the Adams-Theissen house, the Old Seffner Schoolhouse and the Old Citrus Park Schoolhouse to its small-but-growing register of historic places.

The Adams-Theissen house on Calusa Lane was built in 1872 by George W. Adams, a businessman in Connecticut before he moved to northern Hillsborough and established a prosperous citrus company.

The original two-story house is typical of the late Victorian period. It is surrounded on the south and west facades with a wrapping porch supported by colonial revival, Tuscan columns.

The Old Seffner Schoolhouse at 1209 S Kingsway Road was built in 1914 and is a two-story, wood frame building with a clapboard exterior and a low roof. The simplicity of its rural architecture contrasts several small decorative touches such as a small portico supported by delicate columns.

It is the last remaining public building of the era in Seffner.

The old Citrus Park Schoolhouse, 7700 Gunn Highway, was built in 1911 and is a one-room building with a loft. It has a clapboard exterior, a steep pitch roof and double-hung sash windows on the north and south walls.

It is less formal looking than the Old Lutz School, one of the county's first designated historic landmarks, but a little more sophisticated-looking than the Old Seffner School.