NEW PORT RICHEY
City officials are preparing for Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin to speak at 9 a.m. Saturday at Sims Park. City Manager Tom O'Neill said he got a phone call Wednesday afternoon from campaign officials who say they want Palin there but have not worked out all the details. Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden held a rally at Sims Park on Monday. Campaign officials have yet to confirm Palin's appearance. The only public event on her schedule for Saturday is 4 p.m. in Raleigh, N.C. It's also unclear how Palin's appearance would be coordinated with a local church's fall festival, which is also scheduled at the park that day. The festival begins at 11 a.m., but O'Neill said Calvary Chapel Worship Center needs time to set up. City police, the Sheriff's Office and Secret Service officials are expected to finish plans today, said state Sen. Mike Fasano. But, if the campaign decides Palin is needed elsewhere, the event is off, Fasano said.
Ducks foundshot with arrows
Authorities are investigating an animal cruelty case after receiving reports of Muscovy ducks shot with arrows. Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin said eight to 12 wounded ducks were spotted near Foxbloom Drive and Snyder Avenue in the Gulf Highlands subdivision over the last week. They were alive, he said, but still had arrows in them. Tobin said Florida law allows people to dispose of Muscovy ducks, frequent culprits of messes and nuisances, but it must be on their own property and done in a humane way. "It appears to be an inhumane act when you shoot Muscovy ducks and leave the arrows in them," he said. The investigation, which involves county animal control the sheriff's agricultural unit, is continuing. Anyone with information may call the Sheriff's Office tips line at (800) 706-2488.
Golf tournament benefit set Nov. 8
Alzheimer's Family Organization and Associated Home Health is holding its eighth annual Charity Golf Tournament at Beacon Woods Golf Club on Nov. 8 with a 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $75 for the foursome scramble event and registration begins at 6:30. Deadline to register is Friday. There will be lunch, raffles and prizes, including a $10,000 putting contest. Call (727) 848-8888.
- Jasmine Chambers died Sept. 21, 2006. A story Wednesday about the man on trial for her death gave the wrong date.
- Eagle Ridge Golf Center recently has changed its number to (727) 842-2TEE (2833). An article Wednesday gave an older phone number that is no longer in use.