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February 4, 2001

Parkway opens to fanfare
[Times photo: Fred Victorin]
With speeches, a marching band and protesters in pig masks, most of the 42-mile Suncoast Parkway opens.

Greg Hamilton
Citrus at a crossroads as parkway approaches
It's here. Almost.

The road to nowhere won’t stay that way
Far in advance of its grand opening this weekend, the Suncoast Parkway warmed the beating hearts of Tampa Bay area developers.

Getting from here to there, the new way
Here are answers to the most frequent questions Times readers have asked about the Suncoast Parkway.
Chart: The parkway’s toll schedule

Parkway polarizes landowners in its path
The toll road is bile to some whose rural lands were snatched up for right of way. For others, including developers, it is bliss.

Road’s the rage
Even when it was still two years from reality, the Suncoast Parkway lured Peter Morchy Sr. and his family from Palm Harbor to Spring Hill.

Suncoast Parkway opens to mixed feelings
The first leg of the new toll road, which will eventually stretch from Citrus County to Hillsborough, is lauded and protested at the ceremonial opening. You can drive on it today.

How about Veterans Coastalway?
Today marks the official opening of the Suncoast Parkway, a public project that has been talked and written about more than any other in this region for the past decade.

Jan Glidewell
A picture is worth a thousand questions
Talk about mixed emotions.

Man arrested after girl reports lewd behavior
BEVERLY HILLS -- Citrus County sheriff's deputies arrested a man Friday on charges of having sex with an underage girl.

Florida Power layoffs jolt economy
Effects of the 62 layoffs, triggered by a merger, will ripple throughout the county, experts say.

Nursing home acts to end fines
An inspection at Crystal River Health and Rehabilitation Center uncovered deficiencies that will result in daily fines until the problems are resolved.

Dry wells intensify dilemma
Residents of Lake Tsala Gardens are divided by a plan to extend Inverness' water service to their community as the drought effects worsen.

Meanwhile, the buzz at the barbershop is one of worry
People all over the area share their fears about the economy. Others say it's just media-driven panic.

Bureaucracy robs schools of quality teaching recruits
Editor: As an early retiree and newcomer to Citrus County, I decided to apply as a substitute in the county's school system. Having read about shortages since I arrived here, I thought it to be a good investment in my time that also might benefit the educational efforts for our children. So, I set about to apply.

Urban cram devastates people, families
Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of six Sunday guest columns about the effects of growth and development on Citrus County.

Company should be kept away from spring
The Southwest Florida Water Management District and the state Department of Environmental Protection should not retreat from their stance against allowing a private company to bottle water that flows from Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River.

Victim advocate uses honesty, compassion
Her job is to help victims and their families through some of the most trying times they may ever face.

CountyÆs strength in numbers paying off
Freddie Bullock had five competitors and a mediocre team in her first season as Lecanto coach.

Riding for life, from Maine to Florida
Cheryl Charles of Inverness is a true Citrus County hero. She was a participant in the Five Points of Life Ride 2000, which featured 10 individuals who were selected to make a 7-week bicycle journey from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Key West.

Miller constantly is on the run
The three-sport star at Citrus is a "blue-collar guy" in pursuit of a state championship in the 800.

This week in government

Week in review
A look back at the week's top stories

Political scene
The Central Citrus Democratic Club will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills. Democrats and Independents are invited. Call 746-9374.

Reorganization not expected to affect Central Healthy Start
The program for pregnant women and infants faces a $1.5-million spending cut.  

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