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Digest

Sidewalk construction begins Tuesday

By TIMES WIRES
Published February 26, 2007


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INVERNESS

The city is scheduled to begin construction of about 650 feet of concrete sidewalk Tuesday on the east side of S Apopka Avenue from Highland Boulevard to Hill Street. During construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane on S Apopka. Residents are encouraged to use alternate routes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays during construction, which is expected to be completed by May 20. For information, call Russell Kreager, public works director, at 726-2321.

COUNTYWIDE

It's time for FCAT in reading, math

The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test returns today. Students in grades 3 through 10 will begin taking the test's reading and mathematics sections. Students took the writing portion on Feb. 6 and 7. The science section comes next week for grades 5, 8 and 10. The test determines school grades and counts toward giving bonuses to teachers whose students make the biggest gains The test also decides whether third-graders are promoted and high schoolers graduate.

County board to set goals March 6

The County Commission's annual goal-setting session is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 6 at the Historic Courthouse, second-floor courtroom, One Courthouse Square. The public is invited. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the County Administrator's Office, 110 N Apopka Ave., Inverness, 341-6560, TTY 352 341-6580, at least two days before the meeting.

Help others by joining Key Center

The Key Training Center urges Citrus residents to show interest in the needs and abilities of the developmentally disabled by joining its organization. Membership donations range from $15 to $1,000 or more. Benefits include a 15 percent discount at the Key Center thrift stores and garden center. Stop by one of the Key Center thrift stores, 1625 W Main St., Inverness, and 5337 W Gulf to Lake Highway, Lecanto; visit www.keytraining center.org; call 527-8228; or write to 130 Heights Ave., Inverness, FL 34452.

LECANTO

Volunteer to help long-term recovery

Residents who want to volunteer in long-term recovery efforts for victims of natural disasters are invited to a training at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 Marc Knighton Court, just off County Road 491. Jointly sponsored by Nature Coast Volunteer Center and Citrus STORM (Sharing Together Our Resources and Means Inc.), training will be provided by representatives of the American Red Cross, Citrus County Emergency Operations staff, area utility representatives and volunteers. For reservations, call Jim Davis, 726-9814, or e-mail storm.34442@earthlink.net.

Editor's note

Dr. V. Upender Rao's column will resume next week.

[Last modified February 25, 2007, 20:10:37]


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