Safety patrol acts of heroism to be recognized

Published January 29, 2007

Anyone who has witnessed or has reliable information about a lifesaving act performed by a safety patrol student is invited to nominate that student for the AAA School Safety Patrol Award. Applications may be downloaded by visiting AAA.com/safetypatrol and clicking on "School Safety Patrol Award Program." Deadline is Friday.


Believe it or not, the Citrus County Fair is right around the corner. That means it's time for the Citrus County Fair Association to get going on its annual children's pageants, which this year will be held on March 18. The Pre-teen Pageant (ages 9-13) will be at 1 p.m.; the Little Miss/Mr. Pageants will be at 1:45 p.m.; The Beautiful Baby pageants (ages 1-5) will be at 3 p.m.; the Decorated Baby (6-11 months) will be at 4 p.m. Contestants must be Citrus County residents. There is a $25 entry fee and registration is required. All contestants are awarded prizes. Applications must be in the fair office or postmarked by Feb. 16. Applications are available at all chambers of commerce and the fair office. Pageants are held at the Citrus County Auditorium. General admission for pageants is $5, $3 for ages 6-11; ages 5 and under are free. Call 726-2993.

Overflow crowd with an attitude

At Thursday's impact fee hearing, county commissioners caught a glimpse of civil disobedience, Citrus style. After more than 200 people packed into the commission chambers, chairman Dennis Damato asked standing audience members to move into a jury overflow room. Otherwise, he said, the fire marshal would stop the meeting. Audience members crossed their arms. Several shouted "shut it down" or "we'll be arrested." No one budged. Damato adjourned the meeting and officials eventually persuaded enough people to watch from the nearby room. But it wasn't easy. Twenty minutes later, the meeting resumed.

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