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Published: Monday, January 24, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 24, 2005 at 1:33 a.m.

COMMUNITY: Children's author coming to Gainesville

  • Stephen Huneck, a best-selling children's author and sculptor, is coming to Gainesville on Wednesday to raise money for children's literacy.
    Huneck, who penned the books "My Dog's Brain," "Sally Goes to the Beach," "Sally Goes to the Mountains" and "The Dog Chapel," will be at the Alachua County Headquarters Library at 401 E. University Ave. from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Huneck will lead a discussion about his love for animals and his work and will be available to sign books.
    Huneck's program is sponsored by the Alachua County Library and the Friends of the Library. The event is free and open to the public.
    - Deborah Ball

    STATE: Stadium will be finished as spring training home

  • WINTER HAVEN - After nearly 40 years of hosting spring training baseball, the Chain of Lakes Stadium could hear the last call of ''batter up'' on March 31.
    That's the last spring training game the Cleveland Indians have scheduled in the stadium this year.
    ''This is likely the last year we will train in Winter Haven,'' said Dennis Lehman, Indians vice president.
    The Indians have made no secret of wanting a modern training facility to replace the existing stadium, originally built for the Boston Red Sox in 1966.
    Meanwhile, Winter Haven officials say they want to sell the 62 acres the stadium sits on to open the lakefront property to private development, which would bring more tax revenues.
    Discussions between city and team officials have not produced an agreement to build a new stadium in the Winter Haven area.
    ''We've always said the city is willing to participate in a partnership to develop and construct a new facility funded by Polk County, the state, the city and the Indians,'' said City Manager David Greene.
    ''It's clear to me that the Indians prefer to be in another community and have a new, modern, state-of-the-art facility that does not require them to make any financial contribution in the construction and development of that facility,'' he said - N.Y. Times Regional
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