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THE WEEK IN WORDS

Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"Brian still loves you."

Vicki Hughes, speaking in court Thursday to Thomas Caron, who was sentenced to two years in prison on charges stemming from an accident in January that left Hughes' nephew, Brian Schlum, paralyzed.

"It really fits my background well, and it's a type of activity I've found to be enjoyable in the past."

County Administrator Gary Kuhl, after confirming this week that he has taken a job as director of public works for Sumter County.

"We presented evidence that there was clearly corruption at the Brooksville Housing Authority. We exposed what was gong on there."

Federal prosecutor Robert O'Neill, explaining why he went along with a two-year prison sentence, less than recommended, for Betty Trent, the former Brooksville Housing Authority executive director who was convicted of stealing federal funds.

"That will address our immediate needs, but that's playing catch-up."

Chief Circuit Judge Daniel Merritt Sr., speaking to the County Commission after commissioners tentatively endorsed a plan to create more courtroom space at the county government center by renovating a county-owned building on W Jefferson Street and relocating a number of county offices there.

"We've got kids going bonkers because they're bored to death."

School Board member Sandra Nicholson, one of four board members who agreed on Tuesday to form a task force to consider the needs of high-IQ students in Hernando public schools.

"He came to me with an olive branch and I had mine."

County Commissioner Diane Rowden, speaking about Sheriff Richard Nugent, who agreed not rally opposition against a special taxing unit for public safety if the commission would agree to postpone a hearing on the issue until March, to giving everyone more time to research the pros and cons, and educate the public.

"I just want them held accountable like everyone else."

Anna Liisa Covell, discussing why she filed formal complaints with the Florida Elections Commission, alleging that the leaders of the Government Gone Wild seminars violated state elections laws by not filing as a political action committee.

"I think he would have been so proud. It's certainly a fitting honor."

Mabel Sims, speaking about her great-great-uncle, Arthur St. Clair, who has been named the 2007 Great Brooksvillian. After the Civil War, St. Clair, a former slave, was one of the early black leaders in Hernando County before he was murdered in 1877.

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