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School Board decides to keep invocation before meetings

Hernando County School Board members unanimously decided Tuesday to keep their pre-meeting invocation, despite their lawyer's advice to switch to a moment of silence. "Our current practice was born of compromise, and I think it's been very successful," board member Jim Malcolm said. Board member Gail David said she intended to switch from a prayer to a moment of silence for her turn. Board member Robert Wiggins, who usually offers prayers in Jesus' name, said he would not change. "It offends no one," he said. In other business, the board agreed to set more formal procedures for expulsion hearings and discussed small capital improvement projects. Members also named John Druzbick as chairman for another year and made Sandra Nicholson vice chairwoman, after current vice chairman Wiggins announced he would decline the chairmanship.

Brooksville council postpones action on election challenge

BROOKSVILLE _ A lack of voting members Monday night forced the Brooksville City Council to postpone an action intended to resolve a challenge to the Nov. 5 election contest between Mayor Ernie Wever and Frankie Burnett. Only three of the five council members attended Monday's meeting, and Wever recused himself from the vote because it directly affected his position. The day after the election Burnett challenged Wever's victory; Burnett argued that Wever should be required to leave office because of term limits. The city law, passed in 1995, allows council members only two four-year terms, and this would be Wever's third. The resolution would have reaffirmed an interpretation by a former city attorney that the law cannot be applied to terms that began before the law was passed. Wever was first elected in 1994.

Correction

County Commissioner Diane Rowden does not want unionization efforts by county employees to be hampered by administrators' stall tactics. An article on Tuesday was incorrect on this point.

FLIGHT PATTERN: Against a cool breeze Sunday afternoon, seagulls take wing at Pine Island. A cool front moved across the North Suncoast and it made for a blustery day.

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