Many hope for a more peaceful year ahead
||First baby of year arrives early, provides a surprise
[Times photo: Ron Thompson]
CRYSTAL RIVER -- He doesn't even have a name yet, but the 6-pound baby boy born to Lupe Castaneda at Seven Rivers Community Hospital has the distinction of being the first baby born in 2002 in Citrus County.
Tacked on to traditional New Year's resolutions are wishes for simple things: health, safety, peace.
Birds of 132 feathers nest here
Despite a higher species count, some species seem to have vanished from Citrus, perhaps because of sprawl.
Fragile species among top newsmakers
The environment figured big in the news of last year, especially species such as the manatee, whooping crane and bay scallop.
Funding shifts affect county's needy
LECANTO -- The Big Budget Story is over. Lawmakers made their cuts, talked about them and then went home.
Restaurateur jailed after dispute with police chief
INVERNESS -- Police chief Joseph Elizarde became involved in an argument with a restaurant owner over a hamburger order, and the restaurant owner was eventually arrested on charges of battery, which he disputes.
McLain's SFCC move is almost complete
The former Citrus star is transferring from the Air Force Academy to concentrate on baseball.