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May 5, 2002

Chain gang
[Times photo: Stephen Coddington]
Donald Bell, left, and his wife, Reyna Bell, walk in the Crystal River Relay for Life march Friday evening. They were part of a team from the company operating the county jail.
Charter school: We'll make our own decisions
CRYSTAL RIVER -- The governing board of the county's only charter school last week sent a very clear message to the Citrus school district: Hands off.

Evacuation won't be practiced
CRYSTAL RIVER -- When Citrus County practices what it would do if a nuclear disaster strikes, citizen evacuation isn't part of the exercise.

Dry run for disaster
CRYSTAL RIVER -- From his office off U.S. 19, John Stephenson is plotting disaster. His plan, crafted in secret over the past six months with the help of some well-placed associates, could bring Crystal River to its knees.

Key people omitted from drills: the public
Florida Power is holding a series of drills this month focusing on how well workers would deal with an emergency at its nuclear power plant. The Sheriff's Office, the American Red Cross, local police and federal officials will take part. Noticeably absent will be a segment of the community that would be directly affected by such a disaster: You, the public.

Skills package
Many special talents go into making a good baseball player.

Fighting developers an expensive proposition
Editor: Re: Column about growth plans was misleading April 28 letter to the editor from Steven M. Seibert, secretary Department of Community Affairs:

Gym idea deserves everyone's support
You can't keep a good idea down, and Citrus County School Board member Sandra "Sam" Himmel is doing her best to elevate a plan to convert the old Citrus High School gymnasium into a community center.


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