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Courses over par in water use
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Swiftmud demands the four courses bring their pumping within limits or face fines. Two have requested increases.

Thirsty courses improvise to stay green
One uses treated wastewater. Some use less fertilizer. Still others pump as much water as they can in one day, sometimes exceeding their permits.

Greg Hamilton
Their grass is greener, ours just a sand trap
By now, you know that Florida is in deep, deep trouble over its freshwater supplies. The aquifer is being tapped out, lakes and rivers are drying up everywhere, and we haven't had any appreciable rain since about 1998.

December 24, 2000

Problems may lie with City Council not city manager
Editor: We, the Woodland Estates Homeowners Association Board of Officers, wish to also express our concern regarding the high turnover rate of the city manager position in Crystal River.

Pitcher Hampton likes coming home
Born in Brooksville, raised in Homosassa and educated at Crystal River High School, Mike Hampton recently signed an eight-year, $123.8-million contract to pitch for the Colorado Rockies.

At hospitals, Christmas is another work day
Hospitals don't shut down, not even on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The reason is obvious: Patients still need medical attention, no matter what the calendar says.

The inside scoop on a jolly old elf
In an exclusive interview, Santa Claus reveals, among other things, how reindeer fly.

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A look back at the week's top stories  

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