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November 1, 2000

Friends remember girl killed last Halloween
[Times photo: Steve Hasel]
Teenagers gather to celebrate a friend who smiled easily and loved butterflies.
Credibility of witnessto fatal fight assailed

Three people call the key witness a liar before the jury begins deliberations in the murder trial.

Resigning judge leaving a clean slate
Michael Blackstone, who stepped down before a hearing on complaints against him, leaves behind an empty office and docket.

Candidates face foes, public at forum
Contenders in key races gave speeches and answered questions at the event sponsored by the Times and the League of Women Voters.

Citrus digest
INVERNESS -- Can't wait to learn Citrus County election results? Adelphia Cable customers can turn to Channel 7 Tuesday for special coverage. QPI Productions president Steve Parker and Citrus Times political reporter Jim Ross will broadcast live from the Supervisor of Elections office, relaying vote totals as they are made available. The first update will be at 7 p.m., with regular reports to follow and a final wrap-up once the results are complete.

Candidates win points for candor
Editor: On Oct. 23 I had the opportunity to attend a political forum at the Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church in the heart of the black community of Inverness. It was a most gracious effort on the part of the pastor, the Rev. Leroy Ed Jones, to host this event. As in centuries past, the church remains the mecca of social activity for us. The forum was sponsored by the Florida Voters League, a non-partisan organization striving for 100-percent voter registration and an active, informed electorate statewide. It was expertly moderated by the league's president, Eugene Poole.

Candidate replies
Russ Kreager, Non-partisan candidate, Crystal River Council Seat 4

Kelly best choice for school superintendent
Take a superintendent of schools who has met with limited success during his first term in office, add a longtime administrator who once was the superintendent's confidant, and mix those insiders with an irreverent outsider who has earned a measure of support no one would have guessed. The result is a recipe for the most divisive and unpredictable race on this year's local ballot.

School Board approves Teamsters pact
The blue-collar workers' first contract includes retroactive pay and raises that will cost the district $735,000.

Performers of the week
Lauren Gaffney

Teamwork, consistency make Pirates a power
CRYSTAL RIVER -- There were better individual performances at Saturday's Gulf Coast Athletic Conference meet, and there probably are better overall swimmers in the local area.

Citrus likes chances this time
INVERNESS -- The Citrus football team is in familiar territory.

Playoff scenarios
The two playoff berths for Class 3A, District 5 are up for grabs for four teams, with one district game remaining for each. The district standings will come down to two games Friday night -- Central at Crystal River and Citrus at Hernando. Here are the scenarios:

Upward Bound rewards students
The most recent nominees of the program were recognized individually at breakfasts in their honor.

Patient care stirs campaign debate
Challenger Leslie Scales argues that a patient's doctor should have the final say in medical disputes, not an insurer's physician as an Anna Cowin-sponsored law requires.  

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