A look back at the week's top stories.
VEHICLE WRECK KILLS TWO: A woman and her daughter were killed early Aug. 21 when their car was struck head-on by a Jeep sport utility vehicle being driven on the wrong side of County Road 488. Dixie Kimbrell, 52, and her daughter, Kimberly, 13, passengers in a car driven by Kimbrell's daughter, Alicia, 19, died in the accident near CR 488 and Diamond T Lane. They had been returning to their Crystal River home from the Tampa airport. Alicia was not seriously injured. The driver of the Jeep, Misty David, 23, of Dunnellon was treated and released from Seven Rivers Community Hospital. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating whether David was under the influence of alcohol. No arrests have been made.
FORMER BAIL BONDSMAN SENTENCED: Larry Lund, a former Inverness bail bondsman convicted of conspiring to kill his girlfriend, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison. The sentence is to be followed by an 11-year probation. Throughout his prison time and probation, Lund, 45, is prohibited from contacting Robin Abrahamson, his former girlfriend, and Debra Lund, his former wife. Earlier this month, jurors convicted Lund of attempting in February to hire an Inverness man to either hurt or kill Abrahamson, who was living in Kissimmee at the time.
PETERSON CASE CONTINUES: Frank Peterson, legislative aide to state Rep. Nancy Argenziano, R-Crystal River, sent a second letter to Monroe "Al" Coogler, a member of the Southwest Florida Water Management District's governing board. Peterson wrote that he would have toned down the rhetoric in his first letter if he had known Coogler planned to make it public. He also wrote that his arguments, though strongly worded, were in line with fiery rhetoric that many great Americans have published. As Speaker of the House John Thrasher reviewed Peterson's actions, Argenziano suggested that an unpaid suspension would be appropriate. Meanwhile, Argenziano has asked Thrasher to investigate Swiftmud tactics and procedures.
SCHOOL PLAN ANNOUNCED: Superintendent Pete Kelly announced an ambitious plan to buy property off Turner Camp Road, where a new Inverness Primary School would be built; to use the current primary school building as part of Withlacoochee Technical Institute and a new charter technical school; and to relocate the Renaissance Center to part of the building that WTI now occupies.
COUNTY COMMISSION LOWERS LANDFILL ASSESSMENT: The County Commission last week lowered from $27 to $22 the annual assessment that residential property owners must pay to support the landfill. The assessment for business owners went from $1.65 per yard of trash collected to $1.35 per yard. Commissioners started imposing the assessments two years ago, when the landfill was in financial trouble; now that the operation is back in the black, commissioners decided to change the assessments.
BOARD REVIEWS APPLICATIONS: Members of the District 13 Health and Human Services Board reviewed a dozen applications from people vying to become the Department of Children and Families' new top administrator in District 13, which comprises Citrus, Hernando, Marion, Lake and Sumter counties. Those 12 people were the only ones who met all the job requirements. The board is scheduled to interview top candidates Sept. 7; department Secretary Kathleen Kearney will have the final say.