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Retiring Hernando County School Board member Jim Malcolm on Tuesday endorsed Gene Magrini to replace him. "Both are good men and capable leaders,'' Malcolm said of Magrini, the former human resources director for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and opponent James Yant, owner of a local insurance company and former chairman of the Pasco-Hernando Community College board of trustees. "Both men have the best interests of Hernando County's children at heart. But Malcolm cited as reasons for his support Magrini's business experience and his support of gifted education, charter schools, and other programs Malcolm has championed. Yant won 45.6 percent of the vote in the Aug. 26 nonpartisan primary while Magrini polled 28 percent, edging out candidate Robert Neuhausen to win a spot in the Nov. 4 runoff.

Man sues county after sidewalk fall

A 28-year-old Spring Hill man has sued Hernando County, alleging negligence for an "uneven and poorly maintained sidewalk" that caused him to slip and fall. Joseph M. Brothers is seeking more than $15,000 in damages for his injury. The claim states Brothers hurt himself on Sept. 19, 2007, when he fell on a recently renovated sidewalk outside 1055 Edge Hill Ave. in Spring Hill. The sidewalk was wet from rain at the time, the claim states.


Red ribbons send antidrugs message

The annual Red Ribbon Celebration "Pledging to be Drug Free" will be observed Thursday through Oct. 31 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane. Red Ribbon Week will be observed at local elementary schools to encourage children to be drug free. Pledges are being collected to build a Wall of Unity at JBCC. Also, a limited number of free Halloween costumes will be available through the Costumes 4 Kids charity. A Red Ribbon Celebration will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at JBCC. Families can preregister to receive a free costume by calling the center at (352) 544-5498.