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Commissioners kill their own curfew

The late show may be returning to County Commission chambers. Commissioners have abolished a 6 p.m. curfew they enacted this summer to cut down on late meetings. The 3-1 vote came Wednesday morning as commissioners finished up Tuesday's agenda. Commissioner Chris Kingsley said the policy created too many inconveniences. He noted that Commissioner Bobbi Mills, who proposed the curfew and voted to adjourn Tuesday's meeting, was absent Wednesday. "I rearranged my whole day, and she's one of the people who voted not to go (Tuesday) night," Kingsley said. To cut down on marathon sessions, the commission also agreed to put more items on the consent agenda, which is approved by a single vote.

Gatti will get

$5,000 for costs

BROOKSVILLE _ The County Commission voted Wednesday to give $5,000 to Joseph Gatti, a Powell Middle School teacher who successfully challenged charges that he molested at least two boys. Gatti had sought $9,128 to cover transcription costs. County lawyers recommended the compromise to avoid a costly and uncertain legal fight. Gatti has had no luck at the School Board, however. The board earlier this year refused to pay him more than $291,000 for his defense.