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Citrus briefs

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 16, 2001


Brush fire burns 3 acres in subdivision off Mayo Drive

CRYSTAL RIVER -- A brush fire that began shortly before noon Sunday burned 3 acres in a subdivision off Mayo Drive. No property was damaged and the blaze was quickly contained, fire officials said. "The flames were way up in the trees," Carol Desaulniers said from the front lawn of Jorie Terrace home. "It's so dry right now, we don't need any of this." About 15 firefighters from Connell Heights, Crystal River, DeRosa and Homosassa responded and had the fire under control in 15 minutes, said Capt. Lewis Cleveland of the Connell Heights Fire Department.

Suspect in attempted murder, burglary surrenders to police

LECANTO -- A 45-year-old Lecanto man wanted on a warrant for attempted murder and armed burglary turned himself in Saturday. Joseph M. Dennis, 5315 W Cinnamon Ridge Drive, was arrested at the Citrus County jail and is being held without bail. No details of the incident were available Sunday.

Gardeners program focuses on water

INVERNESS -- The Citrus County Master Gardener Association will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Citrus Auditorium, adjacent to the Citrus Extension Office at 3600 S Florida Ave. (U.S. 41). The program will be "Water and Its Value to You," by Larry Hartman of Floral City.

Hartman is a founding member and current board member of TOO FAR, a local organization that monitors water conditions and issues. Hartman has extensive knowledge of the Tsala Apopka Lake Chain, the Withlacoochee River, the drought and government regulations regarding our water supply.

The business meeting will follow the program. All active and inactive master gardeners are encouraged to attend. For information, call president Linda Moran, 344-4496.

High school open house for incoming students

INVERNESS -- Parents and eighth-grade students who will be attending Citrus High School are invited to an open house at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria to meet guidance counselors and learn about curricula and course selections for ninth grade.

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