New Resolve: As Father Time passes the hour glad to Baby New Year Sunday Night, some New Year's resolutions were proclaimed and others probably were broken. Pauline Cheeseman of Inverness swears she'll end a 45-year-old habit. "I'm going to quit smoking tomorrow," she said on Sunday. Her companion Elizabeth Conklin said she'll quit too.
Eagle still mending: The road to recovery for an injured American Bald Eagle is a little longer now. Veterinarians who operated on the injured eagle in late November say they have prolonged their recovery period for the bird. Dr. Mark Lowe of MidwayAnimalHospital north of Homosassa Springs said the eagle's would has been slow to heal.
Wildlife park to hold goat auction on Jan. 16 HomosassaSpringsWildlifePark will hold a goat auction to sell 29 surplus pygmy goats. The auction will be Tuesday, Jan 16 at 10 a.m. Park officials said that interested parties should gather at the park's snack bar on Fishbowl Drive, where they will meet J.P. Garner, the assistant park manager. He will direct them to the area where the auction will take place. According to the park officials (15 females and 14 males) are used to being around people and should make excellent pets. Garner stressed that the goats will not be sold for the purpose of human consumption, laboratory experiments or for any type of religious ritual.
Rec. hall is born: A new recreation hall for Beverly Hills residents will be completed by April, according to the developers. The rec hall is being built by the Beverly Hills Development Co., and its president, Ron Collins, said plans were going smoothly. "We're building away: it's going to be a real nice facility," Collins said Wednesday.
United Way awards: Some got roses, some received plaques, and a few even got kisses. The awards and kisses were for the jobs and accomplishments during the past year for the organization that has become the umbrella fund-raiser for local charitable organizations. Support was the key word at the United Way's annual business meeting.
Hangar dispute: Developer Stan Olsen has no plans to limit his CrystalRiverAirport runway access to one private plane, no matter how much the county suffers because of the operation, his attorney said Tuesday. Attorney Clark Stillwell said a county commission offer last week to settle a lawsuit over the airport is not acceptable to his client.
Posh celebration draws 3,000 On Tuesday Oct 16 almost 3,000 Citrus Countians wined and dined on the marble-lines walkways of the Crystal River Mall. The gala opening of the county's first enclosed mall, which is about 500,000 square feet, dubbed "A Cause of Celebration" was a two-fold operation. Not only did it raise money for endowed scholarships for Citrus students at CentralFloridaCommunity College, but it was also an introduction for residents to view their new mall. The benefit raised more than $75,000 for scholarships.
Shoppers hit the tile running Participating in what mall officials say might be the world's largest ribbon cutting ceremony, Citrus residents officially opened the Crystal River Mall on U.S. 19 Wednesday morning. Officials estimated more than 20,000 people would pass through the mall by closing time Wednesday. With pocketbooks in one hand and a pair of scissors in the other, thousands gathered around the circular mall at 9:30 a.m. to clip a 4,250-foot-long red ribbon that had been wrapped around the mall. Construction of the $15 million facility began a year ago and was completed on the scheduled date.
FPC gets good grade: Overall performance at the Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant has significantly improved according to the latest assessment released Friday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Improvements in operations, engineering and technical support were noted in the plant's SALP reports, said an NRC spokesman in Atlanta.
City officials will meet to discuss S.R. 44 project The Inverness City Council and the downtown redevelopment agency will conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. today for the State Department of Transportation to give a presentation on how the four-laning of State Road 44 will impact the city. The DOT's presentation at InvernessCity Hall will regard how construction will effect buildings, parking and landscape of the downtown area.
KeyCenter celebrity auction: Actor Chris Burke came through for the KeyTrainingCenter, and Chet Cole couldn’t be happier. Burke, the mentally retarded star of the ABS television series "Life Goes On," helped the KeyCenter for the mentally retarded set a record during its fundraising celebrity auction Friday night.
Parking relief in store: Anyone who has conducted business at the courthouse in Inverness knows how difficult it is to find a parking space. In about two weeks, that difficulty will be eased a bit. County workers are constructing a new 15-space parking lot on the corner of Apopka and Dampier streets. Paving should begin by end of this week.
Adding on: The first steps in the construction of a $3.5 million addition to the Withlacoochee Vocational and AdultEducationalCenter in Inverness began last Friday. The addition should take about a year to complete, according to Steve Kinard, center director. The 660,000-square-foot addition will house several programs.
Latiff named chairman of CFCC board of trustees Starting the necessary planning for a new Lecanto campus for CentralFloridaCommunity College is the top goal of its new board president. Stephen Latiff of CrystalRiver, who is serving his second four-year term on the CFCC Board of Trustees, was named chairman of threat board Wednesday afternoon in Ocala.
SunBank and Trust Company President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Kimbrough, has been reappointed to the small business administration’s Region IV Jacksonville Advisory Council. Kimbrough's term of appointment runs through May 31, 1993.
Historical survey grant approved by CrystalRiver The Crystal River City Council approved a grant from the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, to conduct and intensive historical and architectural survey of the city. CrystalRiver will match the $1200 grant with the same amount to fund the survey. "We don’t have anything documenting the historic sites," said city manager Merv Waldrop. He said there were a number of them that currently exist but were never listed. The survey will seek to list historical buildings and structures in the city as the first step in an effort at historic preservation.
Storm wallops Citrus Parts of Western Citrus County became one giant swimming pool Saturday morning. While many residents were still asleep, coastal waters 6-feet above normal surged inland behind the force of hurricane-strength gusts of up to 80 mph. Storm ripped through homes and knocked down trees and power lines. Within minutes, hundreds of residents from Homosassa to CrystalRiver found themselves surrounded by water and stranded. Streets were turned into rivers and fields became lakes. A tornado that touched down in CrystalRiver damaged or destroyed 15 homes and condominiums and caused about $1 million in damage. There were no deaths or serious injuries in CitrusCounty that were directly related to the storm, officials said.
Richard Simmons, Fitness Guru, inspires crowd of 500 in the food court of the Crystal River Mall Friday afternoon. The crowd of 500 consisted of people of different shapes, sizes and ages.
Jeb Bush will visit Inverness Thursday at Old Courthouse Jeb Bush, Republican candidate for governor and his lieutenant governor running mate, Tom Feeney, will be in Inverness Thursday to make a presentation and meet with citizens on the Old Courthouse grounds from 10:15 to 11 a.m. The public is invited.
New gazebo: The new gazebo in Little Springs Park is officially part of the CrystalRiver family. City officials, business owners and CrystalRiver residents dedicated the new gazebo, the latest edition to Little Springs Park behind City Hall Thursday morning. The new park will eventually be the home of the new creative community playground.
The 24th annual Festival of the Arts takes place in downtown Inverness Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by the Citrus County Art League and The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce there are two days of arts and crafts along with entertainment and food booths at the Courthouse Square from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Crystal River Chamber to discuss developing a YMCA Developing a YMCA in CitrusCounty will be the program topic at the Crystal Rover Chamber of Commerce meeting on Friday, Nov 4. Steve Tarver, president of the Suncoast YMCA, Inc., will be the guest speaker at the general membership meeting at the Plantation Inn Pine Room at noon. Tarver will discuss all aspects involved in bringing a YMCA to the county.
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Education question of the week (Students speak out) Do you think there is too much emphasis om sports at Inverness Middle? "No, I think sports gives kids a break from school," Michael Himmel, seventh grade
Over the top United Way of CitrusCounty members celebrated meeting their $385,000 goal Thursday at Andre's of Citrus Hills. Florida Power employees put the charity over the top with $102,000 in total contributions. Ed Carnahan presented the check to fundraising chairperson Doris Hunt.
Fish Bowl: HomosassaSpringsStateWildlifePark visitors will have a much clearer picture of the endangered West Indian manatee thanks to newly installed windows at the park's underwater observatory. Commonly known as the "fish bowl" the observatory has been closed since Oct 18 so workers could change its 15 windows.
Shellfish harvesting closed due to heavy rains Excessive rainfall forced the closure of the CitrusCounty shellfish harvesting area as of Saturday evening. According to a notice from the state Department of Environmental Protection, the excess storm water produced the potential of unusually high bacteria levels.
Local social studies teachers receive honors ThreeCitrusCounty teachers were recently honored by the Florida Council for Social Studies. Charlotte Myer at InvernessPrimary School, Richard King at Inverness Middle and William Hartley at Lecanto High were named Outstanding Social Studies Teachers for 1997-98. The council chose winners based on professionalism, instructional/assessment methods and strength of student-teacher relationships.
Bank of Inverness honored by bankers group George H. Brannen II, chairman of the Brannen Banks of Florida Inc. recently was presented with the prestigious Winners' Circle Award for 1997 for The Bank of Inverness. The award is the highest honor a bank may receive from the Community Bankers of Florida, which represents the state's independent banks. The "Winner's Circle" is based on capital adequacy, asset quality, earning and liquidity. Brannen said, "This award belongs to our employees. Serving the customers is part of everyone's job description. All of our policies and rules are written with customer service in mind."
Supervisor of elections asks for citizen input Susan Gill, Supervisor of Elections is requesting citizen input on changing precinct boundary lines. The Supervisor of Elections will be changing the boundary lines and adding additional precincts to accommodate the growth in CitrusCounty.
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