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April 29, 2001

Tiny battleships can't find a place to fight tiny wars
[Times photo: Ron Thompson]
The county declines to let BB-firing model warships clash in Bluebird Springs Park, citing firearms regulations. Hobbyists say their combat is very safe.
After 63 years, he gets his diploma
An Inverness man takes advantage of a state program to award World War II veterans high school diplomas.

Board balances crowding, funds
The Citrus County School Board seeks a way ease crowded high schools in a cost effective manner -- while also trying to better service problem students.

City gets outfoxed by Fitzpatrick brothers
People running from the law pick all kinds of places to hide. But the laundry room?

Silent prayer, if any, best at meetings
Editor: The Interfaith Council of Citrus County is deeply concerned with the young people and school system of our community, especially in view of the disunity precipitated by the heated discussions regarding prayer before School Board meetings. We feel prayer is needed and is a practical way the community can support our children and school personnel. We also firmly believe in supporting the laws of our land.

Property tax sticker shock comes home
It's sticker shock of a new sort for some home buyers.

Wheeler leads 13 to Finals
Lecanto junior standout Kate Wheeler heads the area contingent as a qualifier in four events.

This week in government

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

Citrus political scene
The Nature Coast Republican Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. May 12 at the Coastal Region Library, 8619 W Crystal Ave., Crystal River. The featured speaker will be Ron Schultz, Citrus County property appraiser, who will talk about Citrus County 1990 and 2000.

County high school teams ready to spring into action
CRYSTAL RIVER -- Call it the last oasis -- that final refreshing drink before entering the longest, driest, most treacherous stretch of the desert.

Citrus hometown
INVERNESS -- At the 2001 Citrus County 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest on Thursday and Friday, fourth- through sixth-grade students from public and private schools addressed topics as diverse as tornadoes, lobsters and Elvis Presley.

Lawyer seminars highlight Law Week
INVERNESS -- Citrus County's fourth-annual Law Week begins Monday. Here are some highlights:

Seminar focuses on mental health
LECANTO -- Mental health and treatment options will be the topics for discussion during a special seminar that the Marion-Citrus Mental Health Center and drug manufacturer Eli Lilly and Co. are organizing next month.

Educator starts biological census
CRYSTAL RIVER -- While recently surfing the Web, J.D. Mendenhall, education coordinator at St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve, came across a great idea: bioblitz, a 24-hour census in which scientists and ordinary people alike uncover every plant, tree, fish and mammal.  

Other North Suncoast news
  • Friends laud Hernando man whose life is for the birds
  • Disabled want more help getting around
  • Fines for watering may be revised
  • Make Wal-Mart less of eyesore
  • Real estate industry has to be honest about taxes
  • Bear's first goal good enough
  • Ridgewood soccer duo to play in college
  • Government meetings
  • Deep roots, deep convictions
  • 30-minute pitch may help decide Nobel Prize
  • Illness erodes boy's abilities
  • Lifelong degree quest fulfilled
  • Penny sales tax needed for good park system
  • At least one trial to start in roadside killing
  • At festival, graffiti was encouraged
  • Dade City becoming Triathlon haven
  • Gators left to wonder after loss
  • Ryan (Benjamin) an inspiration
  • Arrested in 90 mph chase, man blames stuck throttle
  • Director of women's group hands over leadership role
  • Mustangs to search for a defense this spring
  • Spring football
  • Teams needed for chamber tourney
  • Groups to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
  • San Antonio crash victim identified as Tampa man
  • Hospice to hold auction, ball for Cinco de Mayo

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