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June 3, 2001

Amid drought, passion blossoms
[Times photo: Ron Thompson]
A society promoting Florida flora says growing such plants helps save water. But the plants may be harder to find at gardening stores.
Commission shies from tax

Commissioners have mostly abandoned the idea of a 1-cent sales tax, proposed in February, as several of them explore other ways of paying for big projects.

Surge in students has board weighing options
One idea has the district turning WTI into a career academy for juniors and seniors.

Sheriff's battle plan: Rally the troops early
I must remember never to play chess with our sheriff.

Continue Drug Court: A worthy investment
It was shortsighted and irresponsible of the state Legislature to not adequately fund Drug Court, a broad-minded and needed program that is struggling financially in counties like Citrus.

This week in government

Political scene
The Citrus County Republican Executive Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Community Room of the Citrus County Builders Association, 1196 S Lecanto Highway, County Road 491, Lecanto.

Child-abuse evaluations go high-tech
A new teleconferencing system allows a patient in Lecanto to be examined by a doctor in Gainesville, saving children long trips and lessening the trauma.

Boys and Girls Clubs to provide free meals for kids this summer
All children 18 years old and younger, both enrolled and not enrolled at open sites, are eligible for meals at no charge.

To your health

County investigates funding options
Instead of increasing the sales tax or creating taxing districts, some county commissioners are exploring ways to pay for big-ticket items that may be needed in the coming years. While the school system weighs its own options, county staffers are researching the following possibilities. The commission will decide what to do this summer.

Replacing a legend
CRYSTAL RIVER -- When the most successful football coach in Crystal River history was looking for someone to carry on his legacy, all he had to do was glance to the right.

Around & about
VOLLEYBALL: The Citrus County Department of Parks and Recreation is looking for teams interested in participating in its coed sand league.

And the coveted Orange Blossom goes to ...
Actors have the Oscars, musicians the Grammys and athletes the ESPYs. We in Citrus County, on the other hand, have had nothing.

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

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  • Government meetings
  • 'To The Contrary' features Thurman
  • Business banks on Amish appeal
  • Top tennis events not sure thing
  • 'They should have told me'
  • Rookie's promising career is cut short
  • Colleague's death a loss to us all
  • Abuse victims need to be Salvation Army's priority
  • Amish market joins successful sales trend
  • Water agency approves project to relieve flooding
  • Multiple charges lodged against Indiana man
  • Knights' leader leaves no doubts
  • Post 79 collects early wins
  • Odessa teen achieves rank of Eagle Scout
  • Embry library offers youth programs
  • Eye institute provides diabetes help

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