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September 13, 2001

People find solace in services
[Times photo: Steve Hasel]
At memorial services, residents gather for prayers and guidance from their pastors and rabbis.

The course is clear: Strike with no mercy
Bodies were falling hundreds of feet from burning buildings. Mothers and fathers were crushed under untold tons of steel and concrete. Heroic rescue workers ignored their own safety and rushed to help the trapped and injured, only to be killed for their efforts.

Pentagon wreckage eerie sight
Retired military in Citrus watch the smoldering structure and talk about their times in the building.

County tries to regain normalcy
Schools teach, residents grieve and planes remain grounded. Only a false bomb threat shakes the quiet of mourning.

A day for reflecting, counting blessings
In Citrus, anger toward the terrorist attackers seems to give way to feelings of sympathy and thankfulness.

Tragedy shows what Americans are made of
Editor: I saw what Americans are made of Tuesday. At first I was in a bit of shock as I sat before the TV and watched the news report, becoming increasingly filled with a feeling of helplessness in the face of an irrational enemy.

Reporter's notebook
EMERGENCY CREWS: Citrus County forces have not been called on, but local ambulance crews and firefighters are willing to lend a hand elsewhere if needed, officials said Wednesday.

Phone calls thwarted by tragedy
Area residents who tried to get in touch with friends or relatives in New York or Washington, D.C., found the results to be frustrating.

Seeking meaning in a mere game
I am reading that we need to resume the playing of games, that if we don't, we have lost. That the evil that struck Tuesday in Manhattan will have defeated us. That somehow, playing these games will show them.

Schools work to get students back on track
Teachers throughout the county were able to put Tuesday's tragic events into historic and social focus.

Attacks force travelers to alter plans
As some cancel flights, agents warn of lengthy delays and tighter security when air travel normalizes.

Teams return to routines
I think every organization has to deal with this in their own way," Citrus AD Vicki Overman says.

School Board approves tax rate increase
The board okays the budget and learns the staff miscalculated funds available for building a new high school.

Slaying suspect was trusted friend
Friends of Linda Marie Howes are horrified that the man accused of killing and burying her was so well-known to them.

Citrus County Speedway
WHAT: Short-track stock car racing in the Late Model, Sportsman, Street Stock, Hobby Stock, Mini Stock, Thunder Stock and Figure 8 classes, as well as the Great American Bicycle races for kids.

Say it
Fifth grade students at Inverness Primary School were asked: "What does (IPS assistant principal) Mrs. Bushman do all day?"

This week
As we continue into September, official national holidays increase. Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 each year is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Sept. 17 is Citizenship Day and Sept. 17-23 is Constitution Week. These three observances are celebrated each year.

Lecanto native works in White House
Christa Bailey is the director of the White House gift office, where she and her staff process gifts the president, first lady and White House staff receive.

School briefs
START YOUR OWN BUSINESS: The Central Florida Community College-Lecanto campus in conjunction with Service Corps Of Retired Executives is offering a two-day seminar on how to start a business. Part I will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22. The cost for Part I is $50. Part II will be offered on Sept. 29 at the same time. The cost is $20 and requires the completion of Part I. For information, call Brad Thorpe at 746-6721, ext. 6110.

Science academy visits wildlife park
Students at the Academy of Environmental Science go to the Homosassa Wildlife Park to study the animals and plants.

Other North Suncoast news
  • Tragic attacks affect local economy
  • In classes: faith and patriotism
  • Recovery will 'take some time'
  • Phone calls carry relief, grief
  • Residents find ways to help out in disaster
  • County preparing for heavy weather
  • What they're saying
  • Coverage of family's loss was disturbing, tasteless and painful
  • Some find doctor's comment upsetting
  • In vigil of prayer, some find solace
  • Drive
  • Class notes
  • Carnage spurs outpouring of human spirit
  • Brother safe but hurt, she knows
  • Local businesses try to cope with implications of disaster
  • Over breakfast is talk of tragedy
  • Tragedy offers a live history lesson
  • Don't shun mentally challenged
  • Official: Dade City needs more money
  • City agency to give Main Street $30,000
  • Police reports
  • Two-truck accident kills one driver, injures another
  • School Board approves budget, lowers tax rate
  • Budget meeting set
  • Teams return to practice for the sake of athletes
  • Bell's consistency helps capture 5K series overall title

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