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March 2, 2001

On a VisionQuest
[Times photo: Steve Hasel]
A young man with lashes a tepee covering together Wednesday at VisionQuest, an alternative treatment program for "at-risk" youths. The group is camping north of Inverness.
Crane migration closer to reality
A regulatory board okays a plan to lead endangered whooping cranes to a refuge.

Same suspects, new bank heist
Three of the four men arrested in Wednesday's bank robbery are suspected of robbing a Floral City bank in 1999.

Jan Glidewell
Please, take my identity, my phone and my mug
Identity theft may be a scarier crime for some of us than others.

Sheriff repudiates pagan's complaints
A man who has criticized the School Board says he was harassed by deputies at a board meeting.

County fair offers new scholarships
INVERNESS -- Nell Mayberry, president of the Citrus County Fair Association, has announced that the Fair Board will be presenting three new $500 scholarships that will be funded with proceeds from the annual tractor show and pull.

Classes at the park
The Inverness Department of Parks and Recreation is offering the following classes at the Recreation Building in Whispering Pines Park. For information on any of the classes, please call the administration office at 726-3913.

The voices behind 'Woody's Roundup' mosey on over
The Grammy-winning cowboy singers Riders in the Sky will bring the harmonies that delighted Toy Story 2 fans to Rocker Crusher Canyon.

Watercolor lovers and folk fans, take note
Rainbow Springs State Park offers both this weekend, as well as other treats.

This week
MUSICAL ROUNDUP: The Citrus County Barbershoppers will present "How The West Was Sung," a musical concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Curtis Peterson Auditorium, Roger Weaver Educational Complex, County Road 491 S, Lecanto. The concert features favorite western songs sung in the barbershop style. Tickets are $11 in advance. Call 637-3285 or 382-4559. Tickets will be available at the door day of show for $12.50.

Panther leads by example
LECANTO -- High school coaches don't have the luxury of recruiting their players. But, if they did, you can bet Jill Bandhauer would be at or near the top of everyone's list.

Lecanto girls are off and running
Lecanto girls coach Freddie Bullock is a happy camper these days.

Hurricanes building up for state competition
When the season began two weeks ago, Citrus coach Jonny Bishop had high expectations for the Hurricanes.

Volunteer helped his church, civic groups
"He was a wonderful man, dedicated to his family, his community and his church," a close friend says of Ed O'Neal.

Apply now for homestead exemption
INVERNESS -- Property Appraiser Ron Schultz has announced that the deadline to apply for a homestead exemption is March 1. If you are a new permanent Florida resident and moved into your home on or before Jan. 1, you may apply for homestead exemption. This also applies for previously exempted Florida residents that moved into a new home in the year 2000. To be eligible for a homestead exemption, you must own the property and be a Florida resident who was living in the home on Jan. 1. Proof of Florida residency may include: Florida driver's license, Citrus County voter registration and Florida auto tags. Your deed or tax notice will serve as proof of ownership.

Goff driven after being 'robbed' of title
The scene at Citrus County Speedway couldn't have been better scripted by a Hollywood screenwriter.

The ripe stuff
The Floral City Strawberry Festival offers you-know-what as well as other tasty morsels and an arts and crafts show.  

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