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Mayor David Pugh met Thursday with three representatives of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to discuss troubles at the Brooksville Housing Authority. Pugh said he provided an overview and that he and the officials agree on wanting to move the agency forward. Pugh declined to say what he thought HUD might do next. The agency has been asked to do an operational audit of the authority. The City Council will hold a hearing Aug. 6 to consider removing four authority board members.

Homeschooling event is Tuesday

The Home Circle of Hernando and the Pasco Christian Homeschool Association's Hernando Chapter will present "An Orientation to Homeschooling" from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Community Bible Church, 5041 Griffin Road. The event will include a used curriculum sale. Child care will be provided. For information, contact Cheryl Picerno with PCHA at 684-4844 or, or Elizabeth Witherell with Home Circle at jaybeth7@


Man accused of two burglaries

An 18-year-old Brooksville man was arrested Thursday on 10 charges after authorities say he confessed to burglarizing two Weeki Wachee homes. In May and June, the Sheriff's Office says Steven Ellis Leacock broke into a home on Finance Avenue and stole 218 collectible die-cast cars and a telescope, reports said. He then pawned the items for a combined $708 at Florida Pawn Brokers. The homeowner, who was away for a few weeks, found Leacock's work identification card in his home when he returned, arrest reports said. Leacock also is charged with stealing $1,300 worth of items from a Bass Road home. Investigators say Leacock told them he needed the money because he is homeless.

British Empire group to meet

The War of the Roses chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire has recently formed. Membership is open to women who are of British or Commonwealth birth, naturalization or proven ancestry, as well as women whose husbands or their parents or grandparents are of British or Commonwealth birth. During the summer months, meetings will be at members' homes. In September, meetings will be at Oak Hill Hospital. The next meeting will be 1 p.m. Saturday. For information, call Julia Peterson at 688-2848 or Maria Adams at 684-8509.

Today's picks

Florida Library Youth Program presents Jiggleman: 10:15 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. For ages 5 to 12. Free. Parents and guardians must remain on library premises. 540-6391.

"Albert Herring" opens the Intermezzo Opera Festival of New York's opera series: 7:30 p.m., Nature Coast Technical High School, Black Box Theatre, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. 797-7088, ext. 296, or (727) 534-5742.


An article Thursday gave the incorrect day of the week for the car wreck in which Andrew Cuthbertson of Brooksville was killed. The crash happened on April 27, a Friday.