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reveals new issues
- Road construction costs will
grow to $100 million during the
next five years in Citrus
County, driven in part by the
county's proposed 25-year
heard the statistic for the first
time this week at their annual
goal-setting session as Ken
Frink, the public works direc-
tor, outlined the costs his
Department faces as the coun-
ty's population explodes.
The session was a brain-
storming workshop, and com-
The were not
Session make deci-
was a t h e y
: brain- received
storming from staff
and com- is happen-
missioners ing in the
were not d e p a r t-
allowed ments and
; to make county gov-
decisions Thernme 25nt
portation plan has not been
adopted by the board, but is set
for discussion in March. The
public works department has
calculated costs associated
with the plan.
Frink said the county's pro-
posed impact fee for trans-
portation is not based on the
$100 million figure and would
not be enough to fund trans-
' However, commissioners
have the option of adopting the
proposed fee and immediately
ordering a new impact fee
study to look at revised trans-
portation cost figures
Frink said the current five-
year transportation plan calls
for $25 million in spending.
The current impact fee pro-
posal is based on that number.
Commissioners will discuss
impact fee increases for trans-
portation, libraries, public
buildings and schools at the
Feb. 22 board meeting.
Impact fees are designed to
pay for growth in the county. As
people move here and build
new homes and businesses,
the owners pay for the impacts
they cause to public services
such as roads, libraries and
Please see ROADS/Page 11A
Still homeless in Arrowhead
Bill Burts' Arrowhead home was destroyed by floodwaters from the Withlacoochee River last September, and since then he's been entwined In government red
tape trying to recover.
SFEMA criticizedfor lack of action, but
makes extra effort to assist two victims
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A water stain remains on me siae of Burts' aestroyea nome as a reminder or last
year's flooding of the Withlacoochee River. Burts and his cats are the only resi-
dents left on his property. He sent his wife and children to live elsewhere, and
he lives in an old bus.
Bill Burts watched his doublewide
mobile home in Arrowhead fill with
muddy floodwater last September.
When the .Withlacoochee River
receded, he found himself homeless
and entangled in government red
tape as he fought to recover.
His story was a familiar one in
Arrowhead, a small community on
the banks 'of the Withlacoochee in
northeast Citrus County.
Much of the community was aban-
doned during the two-month flood
that followed Tropical Storms
Please see FEMA/Page 4A
Sticky memos track mental health issue
Courts seek resources to offer treatment
Editor's note: The second part of the
mental health court series concerns
efforts to establish such a court in
On a desk in the office of Circuit
Court Judge Ric Howard, a rainbow of
colored sticky memos is visible
throughout a four-inch stack of papers.
There is the notation "Mi/H" on each
pink, yellow, blue and green marker -
a designation for people on his docket
who may suffer from mental illness.
Howard sat behind the polished
table, thumbing through the stack he
said was from August of last year.
"These aren't just neat, bright, sticky
pieces of paper," he said. "These are
Howard used the pile of papers as his
illustration for the need of a mental
health court to be established in Citrus
County. Though the program would not
necessarily keep people with mental
illness from going to jail, he said the set-
ting' would allow an evaluation of a
defendant and decide if treatment,
medication, counseling or other meth-
ods would be the preferred course of
"I'm no expert on this, but I look for
this. The No. 1 thing is we need the
resources," Howard said.
: As part of the Fifth Judicial Circuit,
Citrus County is one of five counties
that make up the circuit, an area equiv-
alent to the size of Connecticut and with
Please see STICKY/Page 5A
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police arrest man
* Hurricane relief
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* FEMA officials say to contact the
mobile recovery centers for an
elevated level of service if prob-
lems arise with your application.
The mobile recovery center in
Inverness has moved to Bushnell.
* One of the important FEMA num-
bers is the Helpline to register for
assistance (800) 621-3362.
The other important number is
the fax line (800) 827.8112.
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tration number on each sheet of
information you fax to FEMA.
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Maryland NPSC, RO. Box 10055,
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Thinkers share world views
Professor, astronaut speak at special
'Consciousmess 2005 & Beyond' discussion
Special to the Chronicle
"Consciousness 2005 & Beyond" was
abuzz Saturday afternoon at Curtis
Peterson Auditorium. Dr. Scott Olsen,
professor of philosophy and com-
parative religion at CFCC, told an atten-
tive crowd of about 350 people that
numbers are at the heart of our uni-
verse. Biomathematical principles gov-
ern the development of life and life
forms to a much greater extent than
most of us realize.
Olsen illustrated.this by showing pic-
tures of flowers and plants that were
perfectly outlined by basic geometric fig-
ures. Similarly, the bones of the human
hand are formed in perfect mathemati-
cal ratios. He went on to say that every-:
thing in nature resonates in some way'
because of numerical relationships.
Olsen said quantum physics depicts
the entire universe holographically.
Everything in the universe has the uni-
verse enfolded into it holographically. A
laser light beamed through a tiny bit of
Crystal River police arrest-
ed a Crystal River man
Saturday night after he was
caught in a potential4drug sale.
Police chief Stevefl Burch
and'Sgt. David DeCarlis found
several pieces of crack cocaine
in the backyard ofthe ho6ise at'
684 N.E. Second St., where
Charles Earl Henry, 48, lives.
According to a police news
release, this is what happened:
During Burch's monthly
"Staff Road Day," he saw two
vehicles pull into Copeland
Park and then leave. Burch fol-
lowed the vehicles to Henry's
Burch found Henry standing
in the back yard of the resi-
dence. In an area approxi-
mately 20 feet from where
Henry had been standing,
DeCarlis observed a large
"cookie" of crack cocaine and
two containers of smaller
pieces. Henry saw DeCarlis'
observation and attempted to
cover the cocaine with his foot
DeCarlis pushed him back,
only to have Henry lunge and
retrieve a small plastic bag of
cocaine and attempt to flee.
Burch believes he may have
interrupted a transaction, as
Henry was probably going to
his "stash" when Burch
Henry was arrested on
charges of possession of a con-
trolled substance with the
intent to sell cocaine within
1,000 feet of a church, posses-
sion of a controlled substance
with intent to sell cocaine
within 1,000 feet of a child day-
care, resisting arrest without
violence and tampering with
His bond was set at $24,500.
hologram will reveal the entire picture.
In the same way, we are holographic for
Olsen concluded by saying that much
more is going on in the world and uni-
verse than is understood by our current
"Mickey Mouse" paradigm.
After the intermission, astronaut Dr.
Edgar Mitchell spoke, recapping his
experience with the Apollo 13 and 14
lunar missions. He was at Mission
Control in Houston when the explosion
on Apollo 13 disabled that spacecraft,
threatening its crew with total disaster.
Mitchell had helped design the lunar
module and was most experienced in
its operation. His emergency assign-
ment was to devise new rescue proce-
dures with the lunar module simulator,
enabling the real lunar module to
power the crippled Apollo 13 spaceship
safely back to earth.
Apollo 14 had a successful lunar mis-
sion, though it.posed unforeseen diffi-
culties also. However, Mitchell and
Alan Shepard were able to complete
their expedition on the moon, bringing
Former astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell
speaks.Saturday, the 34th anniversary
of his moon landing, at Curtis Peterson
back a payload of moon treasures for
further research. It was during the
three-day trip back to planet Earth that
Mitchell had an epiphany in which he
experienced universal unity.
Upon his return to Earth, Mitchelf
began searching to find an explanation
for his transcendent experience in
space. Though he 'was a top-notch sci-
entist, he found no answers through sci-
ence. It was when he researched
ancient traditions and literature that he
learned of the Sanskrit description of
this kind of enlightenment, termed
samadhi. Historically, every culture has
recorded such experiences.
Because of his scientific training,
Mitchell felt that science should study
this kind of experience to understand it
better, so he founded the Institute of
Noetic Science. His quest was the inte-
gration of science and spirituality,
The overall tone of both speakers was
that mankind is capable of greater con-
sciousness, a matter critical to the
future of the planet. Mankind is in a
race between consciousness and catas-
trophe. When asked if man would reach
higher consciousness before catastro-
phe, Olsen paused and then said sober-
ly, "I'm not optimistic."
However, there was a note of hope.
Mitchell stated that true joy and happi-
ness come as a state of mind within. To
attain this, we have to live and walk our
talk He closed with a quote, "God sleeps
in the minerals, wakes in the plants,
walks in animals, and thinks in man."
31aze destroys mobile home
A firefighter checks for hot spots In the kitchen Sunday after a fire destroyed a mobile home on West Gum Street, north of
Kitchen likely source of fire in home northeast of Crystal River
Shades of gray smoke billowed out of
a mobile home Sunday morning in
Holiday Acres, just northeast of Crystal
No one was home when the 11:23 a.m.
fire broke out in the kitchen area of the
doublewide mobile home at 7611 Gum
Crystal River assistant fire chief Jack
Dumas said Citrus County sheriff's
deputies responded to the scene after
the home's ADT security alarm activat-
"They saw smoke and talked to us,"
I thought they
were burning wood.
Gary J. Higham
neighbor in Holiday Acres.
Next-door neighbor Gary J. Higham
said he came outside when he saw
lights from the emergency vehicles.
"I thought they were burning wood,"
Higham said he didn't know the home's
owner, but knew the man owned at least
another property in Crystal River
Sheriff's deputies worked to get in
touch with the mobile home's owner.
First responders arrived at the heavi-
ly wooded property at 11:28 a.m.
Firefighters had the blaze under control
by 11:55 a.m.
Dumas said he believed the fire was
contained to the kitchen, but interior
water damage and a large hole in the
roof will most likely cause the structure
to be considered a total loss.
Along with CRFD firefighters and
sheriff's deputies, Nature Coast EMS
workers, Withlacoochee River Electric
workers and Citrus County Fire Rescue
units from districts in Connell Heights,
DeRosa, Hernando and Ozello,
responded to the fire.
Property appraiser offers hurricane relief options
Special to the Chronicle*
Citrus County Property Appraiser
Melanie J. Hensley announces that
county residents whose homes were
damaged in the 2004 hurricane season
could be eligible for hurricane relief in
In December, Gov. Bush and the
Florida Legislature created a $185-mil-
lion hurricane-relief program to assist
Floridians who suffered in the devas-
tating storms of 2004. County homeown-
ers should review the provisions of the
new hurricane., relief program carefully,
then apply for hurricane relief if they
are eligible under the new program.
Those who believe they are eligible for
this program after reading the require-
ments below, should contact the office
'\ The property appraisers' office will
offer two forms of hurricane relief:
Citrus County property owners may
apply to Hensley's office for up to $1,500
in hurricane relief if their home was
uninhabitable for 60 days or more as a
result of hurricane damage. The relief
payment will be based on the number of
days that the home was uninhabitable
multiplied by a daily proportion of the
2004 property tax levied on the home.
The home must have had a valid k004
Florida homestead exemption.
Applications for property tax related
relief are due to the property appraiser
by March 1. Statewide relief payments
are capped at $20 million, and the law
provides that individual relief pay-
ments may be reduced by an equal pro-
portion to maintain the total relief paid
out at $20 million.
Approved applicants can expect to
receive payments sometime in June
Floridians may apply to their coun-
ty property appraiser for up to $1,500 in
hurricane relief payments if they pur-
chased a mobile home to replace a
mobile home that suffered major dam-
age in a 2004 hurricane.
Applications for relief for Mobile
Home owners who bought a replace-
ment mobile home are due to Hensley's
office by May 1. The relief is calculated
based on sales tax paid on the replace-
ment mobile home. Please contact the
office for qualification criteria.
Applicants are eligible for either relief
for residents with homestead exemp-
tion or relief related to mobile home
replacement, but not both.
The relief related to mobile home
replacement is capped at $15 million
statewide, and individual relief pay-
ments may be reduced by an equal pro-
portion to maintain the total relief paid
out at $15 million.
Approved applicants can expect to
receive payments sometime in July
Copies of the application form may
be obtained by visiting the property
appraiser's office, by calling 341-6600 or
by visiting the Web site
For more information about the hur-
ricane relief program, visit the Web site
at www.pa.citrus.fl.us or the Florida
Department of Revenue Web site at
Bush and Florida lawmakers also
provided $150 million in hurricane
relief for Floridians who were required
to pay more than one insurance
deductible when their property was
damaged by repeated storms. This
relief will be administered by
Treasurer Tom Gallagher and the
Florida Department of Financial
Services. For more information, call
(800) 227-8676 or visit www.flfds.com.
to appear on 'Today'
Citrus County Sheriff Jeff
Dawsy will be interviewed on
the "Today" show with Katie
Couric today on NBC. The seg-
ment will likely air some time
between 7 and 8 a.m. today,
and concems the case of Pine ,,
Ridge couple John and Linda
Party to raise -
money for CASA
The Gypsy's Den in Crystal
River is hosting a pre-Valen- '4
tine's Day party with all pro-
ceeds benefiting the Citrus "
Abuse Shelter Association.
The event is 7:30 p.m. to mid-:
night Thursday. The cover
charge is $5 and includes
music, door prizes and gifts.
Gypsy's Den is at 155 S.E. &
U.S. 19 in Crystal River, across,..
from Wendy's Old Fashioned
Call CASA at 344-8111.
Medical fund set
for teen's surgery
A bank account has been set'
up to cover medical expenses
for former Inverness resident '-
Jon Gromling at the SunTrust
Bank, South U.S. 41 in Inver-
ness. Donations can be made all
any SunTrust branch office. I
Jon Gromling, 14, had three "
strokes last year and needs
neurological brain surgery.
For information, call Linda
Badore at 344-0324 or Dawn
Gruzdas at 726-3548.
Sign up for the spring session-
of the Citrus County School ,
District's Little Red Schoolhouse
The academy is a four-week
interactive, hands-on, education'
series in which participants learn
about' district' operati6oi. Topics
include: budget, safety, student
services, testing and special
programs. There will also be
tours of the Instructional Re-
source Center, Withlacoochee
Technical Institute and the
Marine Science Station.
The training will be from 6:30
to 9 p.m. April 4, 11, 18 and 25 -
at the District Services Center in
To sign up, call Pat Lancaster
at 726-1931, Ext. 2205.
Deadline Feb. 18 for:
The Citrus County Fair As-
sociation will host the 2005
Children's Pageants on Sunday,
March 20, in the Citrus County
Auditorium, starting at 1 p.m.
with the Decorated Diaper Con-
test for ages 6 months to 11
months; 2 p.m. with Beautiful -
Baby Pageant, which includes ;
ages 1 to 5; 3 p.m. the Little
Miss/Mister Pageant, ages 5 to
8; and will conclude at 4 p.m.
with the Pre-Teen Pageant,
ages 9 to 13.
Contestants must be resi-
dents of Citrus County. There is
a $25 entry fee and preregistra-;
tion is required.
Applications must be in the .
Fair Office or postmarked by
Feb. 18. Applications are avail-
able at all Chamber of Com-
merce offices and the Fair Office
at 3600 S. Florida Ave. (U.S. 41
From staff reports
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19AA CNDY-FE~uR7. 2005
Continued from Page 1A
Frances and Jeanne. Roads
and homes were inundated by
black, smelly river water
Many residents returned
after the river retreated to find
their homes in shambles and
government help difficult to
obtain, according to communi-
ty leader Sonny Groves. He
said some applied for assis-
tance from the Federal
Emergency Management Agen-
cy, but received little or no
"It's just really a shame how
they treated people," he said.
Burts, a 55-year-old disabled
Vietnam veteran, applied for
disaster benefits from FEMA
and eventually received a
$5,100 check for repairs to his
lome, the maximum allowed
by FEMA for that purpose. But
the home is beyond repair,
' For reasons unknown, he
was ineligible for the maxi-
mum $10,000 benefit allowed
for destroyed homes, and
because he lives on disability
payments and lacked the
income, he was ruled ineligible
for a Small Business Admin-
Life in a bus
Burts managed a thin smile
when he talked about the
.$5,100. Puffing on a cigarette
and looking at the remains of
ihis barn crushed by a falling
'tree during one of the storms,
ahe said the FEMA money won't
* Burts is living in an old com-
piercial bus on his property.
NThe bus went under water dur-
;ng the flood and the transmis-
sion was ruined. His wife,
penny, 51, and daughter,
:Ashley, 15, and son B.J., 14,
;moved to a rented piece of
property away from
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But Burts said he plans to
continue living in the bus
rather than lose what little he
has left. He builds sleek hot
rod cars out of old rusty vehi-
cles, partly as a hobby and part-
ly for "therapy," he said. Burts
uses a generator for power
Progress Energy, he says, won't
restore his electricity.
"People say ... you should
move out of that low area,"
Burts said. "But somewhere
along the line, the county gave
a certificate of occupancy for
Burts may get a break, how-
ever. When FEMA officials at a
mobile recovery center east of
Inverness heard about a home-
less and disabled Vietnam vet-
eran living in a bus, they invit-
ed him and John Aynik, anoth-
er disabled Arrowhead resi-
dent who was, left homeless by
the flood, to visit the center
Friday for a second look at
their cases. Aynik had received
$2,235 from FEMA for his
destroyed his home.
FEMA officials said the
mobile recovery centers
around the state offer storm
victims a chance to receive an
elevated level of attention and
therefore a chance to get the
highest possible level of servic-
es from the agency. FEMA has
handled 1,220,000 claims
statewide connected with the
four hurricanes and one tropi-
cal storm that hit Florida in
2004, and officials admit mis-
takes were sometimes made.
Aynik, 47, emerged from his
Friday consultation with
FEMA officials, saying he had
been unaware he could appeal
again. He and his companion,
Karen, said the Small Business
there may have been a mix-up
in their paperwork He might
be eligible for a low-interest
Aynik had taken out a con-
ventional bank loan at a much
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higher interest rate to pur-
chase a small recreational
vehicle for his property after
SBA turned him down the first
time. But the RV, which is.
parked on his property, is not
big enough for his daughter,
Caroline, 18. She lives at a dif-
Burts appeared a bit more
optimistic when he left his
Friday meeting with FEMA,
although he wasn't convinced
.the agency would give him
"I got a few things to do," he
said. "I'll see what happens."
Margaret Hall, a 74-year-old
Arrowhead resident left
homeless by the flooding,
returned to her residence on
the Withlacoochee River this
week to salvage what little she
could of her clothing and pos-
sessions. Family and friends
were helping her sort through
personal items strewn about
"The mildew is too much.
We tried to clean it up, but
there was just too much," she
said, emerging from her home
coughing. "I can't stand to be
in there. It irritates my
Hall may have had the worst
luck of all with FEMA. She said
the agency lost her paperwork
three times last year, and final-
ly, she gave up. As she was
speaking, a FEMA inspector
parked in the driveway. He was
there to inspect her home, the
beginning of a process that
could lead to benefits. Hall was
too weary to express surprise.
Although FEMA officials at
the mobile recovery center in
Inverness are aware of her sit-
uation, they said there was no
point in Hall coming over with
Aynik and Burts, since her case
is in progress.
But Hall had already given
up by the time FEMA arrived.
She said FEMA had given her
the runaround after the 1998
flood when she was told she
could elevate. She said FEMA
representatives took her to
look at other properties, but
they disappeared soon after
and never returned.
After the September flood-
ing last year, she said her
insurance company gave her
$30,000 for her home, not
enough to build another one.
Hall has been staying with her
son since the flooding, but she
wants her own home, and it
won't be in Arrowhead.
She hopes to sell her beauti-
ful riverfront land on River
Road. The front of her lawn
overlooks the now peaceful
river. Across the water is a for-
est of towering cypress trees,
each stained at the bottom by
at least five feet of floodwater
The property could fetch a
Hall's neighbors on either
side of her property were not
as badly affected by the flood-
ing. Both homes are elevated,
which means the living quar-
ters were not affected.
But Hall lost her clothing,
furniture, appliances and the
well. Her yard, landscaped
with flowering plants and
shrubbery, turned black after
the flooding. The black color is
slowly disappearing, but her
plants are gone.
Hall said life has been hard.
Her husband Russell, died in
1984. She said the property
was his dream. He loved living
there. But she said she lost
everything in the flooding last
year, and has no reason to
"I've been flooded four
times in 11 years, but nobody
would have expected four hur2
ricanes in a row," she said of
the 2004 storms. "Quite
frankly, I don't want FEMA to
do anything. My home is to bd
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$a population of between
|600,000 and 700,000 people.
.Howard said the No. 1 obstacle
in creating mental health court
locally is available money That
honey most likely would have
!to come through grants or simi-
car means. Howard doesn't
want to have jails become hold-
'ing centers for people who may
;need medical attention.
"Give me some resources,
give me some beds," he said.
,"Give me a place to put these
First line of defense
Although a mental health
court could be a way off, sever-
al safety nets are in place or
Planned that may keep people
:with mental disorders from
Committing crimes or re-
'offending once they're
&released from prison. It starts
with those who may be the first
to come into contact with such
Sgt Phil Royal of the Citrus
County Sheriff's Office is in
charge of training deputies
once they join the force. He
said from the time they're in
police academy to when they
arrive at the sheriff's office,
deputies undergo extensive
training about handling crimi-
We're chasing the dollars. I hate
to see our kids' emotional well-being
be a negotiation
acting director for Teen Court.
nals with mental illness.
While his No. 1 concern is
officer safety, Royal said pre-
venting the people from hurt-
ing themselves also is an issue.
So deputies are taught to look
for warning signs of mental dis-
orders, and know how someone
might act out if approached.
Also, deputies are reminded
not every situation will end the
"Sometimes, their behavior
is not predictable," he said,
adding when deputies respond
to such calls "you can't base it
on what you've seen in the past,
or what you've read in the
Royal said a common mis-
conception about law enforce-
ment is they're just out to make
arrests. He said that's not true,
explaining "We're problem
Aside from making arrests,
he said deputies often go the
extra mile making sure a per-
son with obvious mental health
problems gets the appropriate
Atrip to a doctor's office may
overrule a stay at the jail.
'"A lot of times, we're the
counselor, the doctor or the
mental health professional,"
The Centers, a mental health
provider for Marion and Citrus
county residents, supports the
concept of a mental health
court However, without more
services available to help peo-
ple suffering from disorders, it
believes finding funding for the
program may be difficult.
With the creation of an ado-
lescent center for substance
abuse treatment and a program
called Clubhouse, the Centers
hopes to reach more people
suffering from mental health
Laurie Menard, capital cam-
paign director for the 15-bed
adolescent substance abuse
rehabilitation facility planned
for Citrus, said the center
would target the growing prob-
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alcohol. She said currently, not
enough resources are available
to keep them in the county for
"The need is so great in both
of our counties that our beds
are full," Menard said. "It gives
a place where we're not having
to send out our children. A
local place where counseling,
therapy, etc. can be attached in
Russell Rasco, CEO for the
Centers, hopes the facility pro-
gram will work in tandem with
the Clubhouse model.
The program, which began in
New York City. and exists
across the world, provides edu-
cation and job training, hous-
ing, counseling and other treat-
ment for those with mental dis-
"It's a group of people who
come together to help each
other," Rasco said. He said the
program is still being
researched to see if state fund-
ing is available. However, he
said if they received money by
next July, a Clubhouse could be
started here "immediately"
Currently, the closest thing to
mental health court in the
county is a program Judge
Howard started almost two
years ago. The Judicial
Monitoring Program, a concept
he learned through a Miami
judge, is geared toward sin-
gling out defendants with men-
tal illness and diverting them
to services to help them.
Howard said so far, about 20
people have gone through the
JMP, with four who re-offend-
Howard estimates about 200
mental health cases a year
come through his courtroom.
"I deal with people who have
issues," he said. Howard would
like to see a dedicated court
where resources like social
workers, psychologists, case-
workers and others are avail-
able for referrals in such cases.
"There have been mental
health issues throughout civi-
lization, but I think now there's
better diagnosis, more knowl-
edge," he said.
Howard said when a case
qualifies for the JMP, a hearing
is held after normal court
hours where the defendant, his
or her attorney, a bailiff and the
judge are present. Howard
makes the determination about
whether the person has taken
successful steps to be treated,
or if other steps, including
incarceration, are needed.
Others in the criminal jus-
tice system support the con-
cept and argue a mental health
court is necessary. Barbara
Hinkle, acting director for
Teen Court, said programs like
hers would benefit from such a
court because it would give
more options for treatment,
and would give people another
chance to get their life back.
Like Howard, she said the
lack of funding could be a
major stumbling block. But
with what she sees to be an
increasing number of referrals
for drug and alcohol depend-
ency among teens, a price tag
should not be put on the court
and other similar services.
"We're chasing the dollars,"
she said. "I hate to see our kids'
emotional well-being be a
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Andrew Richard Bartlett, 54,
Crystal River, died Thursday,
Feb. 3, 2005, at home in Crystal
11, 1950, in To-
wanda, Pa., to
son) Bartlett, he came here 14
years ago from Orlando.
He graduated from Berkley
College with a bachelor's
He was a U.S. Army veteran
of Vietnam, and served his
country as a communications
specialist in Germany.
He touched many lives
through his passion, music. His
love of music took him many
places as he performed in
many bands. He played guitar,
keyboard and harmonica. He
also was a songwriter, compos-
er and producer. His great
voice and love for harmony
made him stand out above the
Along with his wife, he per-
formed a duo called Two Much
Fun, and performed at area
establishments including Port
Paradise Tiki Bar, Plantation
Inn & Golf Resort, MacRae's
the Shed, Oar House and KC.
Crump's. He also played in
Orlando and the Florida Keys.
Survivors include a son,
Christopher Scott Bartlett and
his wife, Ann, of Pennsylvania;
and a daughter, Elizabeth Ann
Gatto and her husband, Joseph,
Strickland Funeral Home,
Bug' Cadle Jr., 50
Eugene 'June Bug" Cadle Jr.,
50, Homosassa, died F'iday,
Feb. 4, 1005, in Homosassa.
: Born July 19,
1954, in Aran-
fsas Pass, Texas,
to Eugene and
.Cadle, he came here in 1988
He worked as the manager of
crystal Paint Store in Beverly
He honorably served with
~te Florida National Guard for
t He was Baptist
v He was preceded in death by
iis father, Eugene Cadle, Sr.;
Land brother, Walter Cadle, July
Survivors include his wife,
DKaren Griffin Cadle of
CHomosassa; son, Eugene Cadle
III of Homosassa; mother,
Charlotte Mae Brown of
ITampa; stepfather, Paul Brown
ef Tampa; two brothers, Steven
'Cadle of Grand Ridge, and Bo
:Cadle of Polk City; three sis-
ters, Brenda Stringer of
Zephyrhills, Pooch Carter of
'Land O'Lakes and Faye
McLellan of Lutz; mother in
law, Geraldine Smith of
#Zephyrhills; two sisters-in-law,
Theresa Jefferson of Plant City,
Sand Judy Sopp of Zephyrhills;-
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George Thomas Gonzalez, 79,
Inverness, died Saturday, Feb.
5,2005, in Inverness.
Born July 15,
1925, in Puerto
Rico, to Louis
moved here in
He served in the U.S. Marine
Corps during World War II.
He was an avid New York
He was a member of Our
Lady of Fatima.
SurviVors include a son,
Thomas Anthony Stevens Sr. of
Inverness; two brothers,
Gilbert Gonzalez of Merritt
Island, and Louis Gonzalez of
California; four grandchildren
Courtney, Caitlin, Thomas Jr.
and Jared; and one great-
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- Pamela Sue Hall, 45,
Homosassa, died Saturday,
Feb. 5, 2005, in Crystal River.
Born Nov. 10, 1959, in St.
Petersburg, to William and
Shirley (McClure) Whateley,
she came here 21 years ago
from St. Petersburg.
She was Christian and
Survivors include a son,
Christopher Whateley of
Homosassa; parents, William
and Shirley Whateley of
Homosassa; brother, William'
Whateley Jr. of Homosassa;
three sisters, Debbie Browning
of St. Petersburg, Terry
Ferguson of Billerica, Mass.,
and Patty Whateley of
Clearwater; maternal grand-
mother, Lillian Zumwah of
Homosassa; and numerous
aunts and uncles.
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Susie Rae Meredith, 92,
Dunnellon, died Saturday, Feb.
5, 2005, at TimberRidge
A native of Fori Myers,.she
was a longtime resident- of
She was a 1931 graduate of
Dunnellon High School, a 1935
graduate of the Florida State
College for Women and a 1955
graduate of Appalachian State
Teachers College, Boone, N.C.
Miss Meredith was a retired
She' was a member of the
Ocala Chapter of the Alpha
Delta Kappa Sorority and a
member of the Broward County
Retired Teachers Association.
She was a member of the
First Baptist Church of
Survivors include her broth-
er, Herbert W. Meredith of
Dunnellon; four nephews; and
Roberts Funeral Home of
Dunnellon, is in charge of the
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James "Manzy" E. Miley, 51,
Oxford died Friday, Feb. 4,
2005, in an automobile acci-
A native of Citrus County, he
was born Sept. 13, 1953, in
Inverness, to Lawrence
"Baker" and Daisey Miley.
He worked for the Citrus
County School Board as a mas-
ter tradesman in the mainte-
nance department for 30 years.
He received several awards
and commendations from his
co-workers and supervisors,
including the Support Person
of the Year aWard in 1999.
He owned and operated the
Cedar Lane Ranch in Oxford.
For many years, he raced the J
& J Auto Sales stock car at the
Citrus County Speedway.
Survivors include a son,
James Bayly Miley of Oxford; a
daughter, Jessica Anderson of
Oxford; two brothers, Fred E.
Miley of Inverness, and Frank-
lin "Corky" Miley of Floral
City; mother, Daisey Miley of
Hernando; his companion of
eight years, Renay Anderson of
Oxford; a half-brother, Jackie
Stevens; and two half-sisters,
Helen Swingruber and Hazel
ChasE. Davis Funeral Home
with Crematory, Inverness.
Robert C. Perrone, 48,
Lecanto, died Saturday, Feb. 5,
2005, in Inverness.
Rorn Oct 13, 1956, in Brook-
lyn, N.Y, he moved to the area
in April 2003 from Long Island,
He was Catholic.
Survivors include I
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Gregory Perrone of,
Hills, and Richard Pe:
Ocala; and one sister
Elliott of Beverly Hills.
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Margaret S. Walker, 90,
Homosassa, died Friday, Feb. 4,
2005, in Homosassa.
Born Oct 23,1914, in Fairburn,
Ga, to Belvie M. and Mattie E.
(Giles) Walker, she moved here 33
years ago from Atlanta, Ga.
She was a former school bus
driver for Fulton County, Ga.
She was a member of First
Baptist Church of Homosassa.
She was preceded in death by
her husband, William I. Walker Jr
Survivors include a son,
Jimmie T Tucker of Homosas-
sa; and a brother, Harold Smith
of Columbus, Ga.
Wilder Funeral Home,
Andrew Richard Bartlett. A
memorial service for Andrew
Richard Bartlett will be at 1
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005,
from the Strickland Funeral
Home Chapel with the Rev.
Alan Jefferson of the Crystal
River Methodist Church offici-
ating. Private cremation ar-
rangements are under the
direction of the Strickland
Funeral Home, Crystal River.
Eugene Cadle Jr. A service of
remembrance for Eugene
'June Bug" Cadle will be at 1
p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, .2005, at
the Homosassa Chapel of
Hooper Funeral Homes. The
Rev. John Peavey will officiate.
Cremation is under the direc-
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Susie Rae Meredith. Funeral
services for Susie Rae Mere-
dith will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 8,2005, at the First Baptist
Church of Dunnellon with the
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Funeral services will be at 2
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Inverness Elks Lodge 2522
announces its annual Valentine
Sweetheart Charity Ball is set for
Saturday at the lodge.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m., fol-
lowed by free hors d'oeuvres at 6
p.m. Dinner will feature recipes
based on French and Italian cui-
Dinner begins with a shrimp
cocktail and 15-ingredient sauce
that includes cognac.
Salad Tuscany, known as a
gourmet delight, will be served.
There are two choices for the
main entr6e, which are porc de
praecocia, a pork loin stuffed with
apricots served over a demi-glace
braun one sauce, and flounder flo-
rentine milanese, a fresh flounder
filet stuffed with spinach souffle
and served on a bed of Risotto ala
Milanese, an Italian raw arborio
rice as prepared in Milan, Italy.
Asparagus garnished with
sauce maltaise will be the main
vegetable served with either
enitree. Dessert will be sorbet ala
Other features of the evening
include music by the talented and
entertaining Marty Carroll. There
also will be a silent auction and
drawings for prizes, which are
donated by local businesses.
All net proceeds will go to the
local Heart fund and other local
charities. Tickets are $25 per per-
son for lodge members and
guests. There are 124 tickets. The
sale ends today.
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Crystal River sets
code workshop today
The city of Crystal River will hold
a Land Development Code Work-
shop at 6 p.m. today in council
chambers at City Hall, 123 N.W.
U.S. 19, Crystal River. The chap-
ters being discussed are available
for download at the city's Web site,
www.crystalriverfl.org, on the
Development Services page.
This workshop will be facilitated
by Gail Easley of The Gail Easley
Company, who has been contract-
ed by the city to develop the new
Land Development Code. City staff
will also be present at the meeting.
Call Susan Boyer, city manager,
at 795-4216 or Nancy Smith, city
planner, at 795-6511.
Citrus County Council
to meet Wednesday
County Commission Chair Vicki
Phillips will be guest speaker at the
next meeting of Citrus County
Council at 9 a.m. Wednesday at
the Beverly Hills Lions Club, 72
Civic Circle, Beverly Hills. CCC
meets the second Wednesday
monthly, and invites the public to
attend. A business meeting follows
Commissioner Phillips' presenta-
tion and briefings by county staff
Inverness Does Drove
232 plans events
The Inverness Does Drove 232
plan a luncheon and card party
noon on Saturday, Feb. 19, and a
yard and clothing sale March 12.
All events will be held at the
Inverness Elks Lodge, 3580 E.
Lemon Drive in Hemando. The
club conducted a bakeless cake
sale in January.
For tickets and information, call
Audrey at 746-1547. Proceeds
from Does fund-raisers are given
to Citrus County charities.
Elks to nominate,
elect new officers
West Citrus Elks of Homosassa
will have two important member-
ship meetings in February.
Nominations for the Lodge
Officers to serve 2005-06 will be
made at the meeting today. Then,
on Monday, Feb. 21, new officers
will be elected.
New Jersey club to
host guest speaker
The monthly meeting of the New
Jersey and Friends Club of Citrus
County will be at 1 p.m. today at
the VFW Post 4252, State Road
This month, Jim Ehlers from the
Citrus County Library System will
be guest speaker. Refreshments
February outings will be a lunch-
eon at Chili's in Crystal River on
the 16th and a riverboat cruise on
Feb. 23. On April 29, we are spon-
soring a 12-day Hawaiian cruise.
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call Frank Sasse at 489-0053.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Call Esther at 341-8429 or Joe at
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Lunch Tacos, fish scribbles,
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fruit, milk, orange juice.
Lunch Chicken and yellow
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plate, tuna bowls, french fries,
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peaches, milk, orange juice.
Lunch Turkey edible bowl,
tacos, chicken and yellow rice,
refried beans, lima beans, apple,
oatmeal cookie, milk, juice.
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Lunch Baked chicken, roll, ;
rice and gravy, corn, peas, banana,
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salad bar, hoagie sandwich, milk.
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CONGREGATE DINING -
Today: Riblet with sweet and
sour sauce, broccoli, baked potato,.
two slices whole wheat bread with-
margarine, tapioca pudding with
whipped topping, low-fat milk.
Tuesday: Swedish meatballs,
mashed potatoes, peas and car-
rots, dinner roll with margarine,
fresh banana, low-fat milk. :
Wednesday: Three cheese '
macaroni casserole, southern
greens, mixed vegetables, two
slices whole wheat bread with mar-
garine, mixed fruit, low-fat milk.
Thursday: Breaded chicken .;
quarter, whipped sweet potatoes,
broccoli, cauliflower and carrot mix,
wheat bread with margarine, red ',
gelatin mold with fruit cocktail, low-
Friday: Meatloaf with Creole -
sauce, mashed potatoes, green
beans, wheat bread with mar-
garine, lemon swirl pudding, low-fat
Congregate dining sites include>
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South Dunnellon. For information,'
call Support Services at 795-6264.,
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Turpentine industry Dramatic fund-raiser
to be explored
The Citrus Chapter of the
Florida Native Plant Society will
have its next meeting at 7 p.m.
Tuesday at the Lecanto Middle
School. The address is 3800 W.
Educational Path in Lecanto.
The speaker for the evening will
beSid Taylor, the park and inter-
pretative ranger at Tillis Hill in the
Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee
State Forest. The title of her talk
wjll be "The History of the Navel
Stores and the Turpentine Industry
There will also be a plant of the
The latest book by Ray and Pat
Ashton, "The Gopher Tortoise, A
Life History" will be for sale.
The latest local gopher tortoise
5plate will also be presented.
These meetings are open to
yone who has an interest in
have plants or the wildlife of this
I For more information, call Jim
B4efly at 382-3365.
0pirections to the meeting are:
.pcanto Middle School is west of
te traffic light on Lecanto
-fghway (County Road 491),
Which is the first traffic light south
pf State Road 44.
i : CSEA to gather
for bimonthly meeting
Unit 1 of Local 952, CSEA Inc.
Will have its bimonthly meeting at 1
p.m. Thursday the Lakes Region
Library, 1511 Druid Road,
SStephen Wagner, Unit 1 presi-
4nt, will review all the topics cov-
Oed at the recent executive board
meetingg of Local 952 in Leesburg.
Additionally, there will be discus-
in about the upcoming Local
952 Retirees Convention set for
pil 17-18 in Altamonte Springs.
S"'There are new challenges to
health plans and prescription drug
Come to the meeting to discuss
this and have your questions and
,, It is anticipated that a newly
developed Web site for the unit will
be discussed, and hopefully,
; The Web site consolidates
many of the information sources
needed as a retiree.
It is ground-breaking, and open
o. suggestions. Make your needs
pnd ideas known.
All CSEA members from
Beveriy Hills, Crystal River,
Inverness and the remainder of
Pitrus County, as well as Levy and
Summer counties, are urged to
Crystal River Rotary
to mix dinner, theater
Special to the Chronicle
Have you ever wanted to have a part in
a play? Or watch one of your friends or
family members act? Your chance is com-
ing the Friday before Valentine's Day. The
Crystal River Rotary Club is sponsoring
the return of the audience participation
mystery dinner play, "The Senator Must
Die," written and arranged by Mac and
No acting experience is needed to par-
ticipate in the drama, but participants will
need a sense of humor and the ability to be
a good conversationalist to play one of the
characters in the gala dinner celebration
for the star of the play, Sen. Edwin
Mudridge. The gala is to celebrate the re-
.election of the senator, a man equally well
WHAT: Audience mystery dinner
WHEN: Social begins 6:30 p.m.
Friday, dinner buffet at 7.
WHERE: Silver Palate in the Citrus
COST: $30 per plate, with choice of
chicken Marsala or pork roast.
INFORMATION: Call 527-8228 for
known for his pompous senate speeches
and his multiple romances.
Action will build as Sen. Mudridge
engages in conversations with multiple
dinner guests, who each have a grievance
with the. senator These roles will be
played by audience volunteers, who will
be given instruction in the character they
play, but who will have considerable liber-
ty in the language they choose to deliver
Three community theater actors will
facilitate the evening's events and play
roles in the drama, but none of the partic-
ipants knows how events will unfold or
how the drama will conclude. This is part
of the spontaneity of the evening's events.
What ensues is surprising and guaranteed
to be fun.
Plan to bring a group and have a won-
derful dinner of chicken Marsala or pork
roast with gravy on Friday at the Silver
Palate in the Citrus Hills Lodge while
either participating in or watching your
friends be* a part of "The Senator Must
Social begins at 6:30 p.m., with the buf-
fet dinner at 7. For those who would like to
play a part in the production, please
reserve as a "character" dinner guest
"Character" guests may sit with their own
group. Cost is $30 per plate, cash bar, pro-
ceeds to benefit the Crystal River Rotary.
Call 527-8228 for dinner reservations.
Seating is limited. After-five attire pre-
to start Tuesday
Pat Peterson, American
Contract Bridge League-certified
teacher and director, is starting
a new series of bridge classes
for beginning level players who
either wish to learn to play or
learn new skills. Peterson is an
experienced teacher and direc-
tor who has been personally
endorsed by Audrey Grant, the
author of the material most
teachers use for beginners.
Bridge Basics III Lessons
for advancing players who have
knowledge of Bridge Basics. A
four-week course in competitive
bidding will be covered at 2 p.m.
Bridge Lessons Parti-
cipants of novice/intermediate
learn and play a relaxed game
with peers. A basic knowledge
of bridge is necessary. Bridge
lessons are free. Game play is
immediately after for $3.50 with
a light lunch provided. Lessons
and game start at 11 a.m.
Monday at the Italian Social
Club on County Road 486.
Partners are available.
For information, call Pat
Peterson at 746-7835.
Annual 'Maine Day'
The annual Maine Day will be
celebrated this year Tuesday at
the Presbyterian church at 206
Washington Ave. in Inverness
(on the corner of State Road 44
and Washington Avenue).
Doors open at 10:30 a.m.,
and seating is limited. Serving,
by the .number, starts at 11. The
cost is $3 per person, and
includes a casserole or salad
per couple. Coffee, soda and
dessert will be provided, as will
settings. Entertainment will fea-
ture Billy Lindsey in a tribute to
* There will be door prizes and
Call Mary Lou Davis, presi-,
dent, at 795-9181.
to offer discussion
The Friends of the Coastal
Region Library is sponsoring a
book discussion group that
meets at 7:30 p.m. the second
Tuesday monthly. The fourth
selection in this series is
"Empire Falls" by Richard
Russo, a novel set in present-
Copies of the book may be
requested through the library,
purchased locally or from the
Internet. "Empire Falls" will be
discussed Tuesday. Contact
person and discussion coordina-
tor is Michael Quigley.
Refreshments will be avail-
Special to the Chronicle
Joan Haffenden, left, and Gayle Martin, right, co-chairs,
and Nan Lawrence of Amy's Boutique prepare for the
Ladles of the West Citrus Elks Flea Market set for
Saturday, Feb. 19, at the West Citrus Elks Lodge on West
Grover Cleveland Boulevard In Homossasa Springs. Doors
open at 8 a.m., so be there early for the great bargains. As
usual, an old favorite, Amy's Boutique" will be open.
Monies raised go to local charities, and the public is wel-
come. Any questions, or donations, should be referred to
Joan Haffenden, 382-2939, or Gayle Martin 382-1747.
Citrus County Chamber
to host annual awards luncheon
Special to the Chronicle will include: Outstanding Com-
munity Organization; Outstand-
The Citrus County Chamber ing Community Business;
,f Commerce will host its Charles B. Fitzpatrick Her-
Uwards luncheon at noon itage; J.L. Hassell, Rick B.
iday, Feb. 11, at Citrus Hills Quinn Distinguished Citizen;
.olf and Country Club, former- Dr. O.J. Humphries Community
, Andre's of Citrus Hills. Service; Outstanding Youth
A special thanks to this year's Service and Ambassador of the
onsors: Progress Energy, Year Award. Reservations are
en Rivers Regional Medical required.
Inter and SunTrust Bank Call 726-2801, 628-2666 or
I' Awards presented this year 795-3149.
Staff members complete course
take PALS training
in life support
Special to the Chronicle
Twelve emergency department staff
members at Seven Rivers Regional
Medical Center participated in a recent
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
(PALS) Instructor and Provider Course.
The training program was offered by
the Nature Coast EMS American Heart
Association Training Center
Among the skills the course teaches
basic pediatric life support.
how to reduce the risk of common
causes of injury and cardiac arrest in
infants, children and adolescents.
how to recognize signs of and treat
respiratory failure and shock
evaluation and stabilization of
pediatric trauma victims.
Congratulations to the following
Seven Rivers Regional staff members
who successfully completed the PALS
Instructor Course: Lynne West, R.N.,
director of emergency services; Karen
Hubble, R.N.; Ann Gaines, R.N.; and
George Dantos, paramedic.
Congratulations to the following
Seven Rivers staff members who suc-
cessfully completed the PALS Provider
Special to the Chronicle
Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center staff members Lynne West, R.N., director of
emergency services (center), instructs Linda Elliot, R.N., left, about how to Insert an
intraosseous needle Into a pediatric manikin during the PALS Instructor and Provider
' Course held the second week of January. Debbie Curtis, R.N., is seated.
Course: John Massa, R.N.; Diane Barbara Barfield, ARNP; Brenda
Christofan, R.N.; Chris Eades, R.N.; Hendsley, R.N.; and Deborah Curtis,
Linda Elliot, R.N.; Marylyn Han, R.N.; R.N.
United Way reception
Special to the Chronicle
United Way representatives from Citrus County Schools were recognized at the Jan. 18 meeting of the school board. From left:
Sandra "Sam" Himmel, superintendent of schools; far left, United Way school representatives; and John Marmish, executive
director of United Way, far right.
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CITRUS COUNTY CHRONICLE
A ft -Gerry Mulilgan .......................publisher
9. JCharlie Brennan ............................. editor
t' Neale Brennan ..... promotions/community affairs
Kathle Stewart ....... advertising services director
Steve Arthur ................... Chronicle columnist
I Mike Arnold .........................managing editor
Jim Hunter ............................. senior reporter
by Albert M. Curt Ebltz .......................... citizen member
Williamson Mike Moberley....................... guest member
'Tou may differ with my choice, but not my right to choose."
-- David S. Arthurs publisher emeritus
FREEDOM INVOLVES RESPECT
has two sides
W while tens of thousands
on the other side of the
Wi globe recently received
1 ir first taste of democracy by
' rising their right to vote,
nically in Citrus County the
perished freedoms and rights
Shat form the foundation of our
government were still being put
1A local restaurant
hIner took steps to
!p.ow a customer THE I
t of his facility
(cause he would Flag-l
Bot join in a cele- recalled
!tion of. waving
One was admirably OUR O0
Passionate about Take thl
Is country.and his roa
sb w of pride; the
9, er equally disturbed that his
ihts were being infringed
ipon. because he was being
.Oreed to wave a flag rather than
at his salad.
;low strange and often frus-
Vating it is that the flag that sym-
bolizes the rights that our coun-
try's men and women have
bought so valiantly to preserve
also symbolizes the rights for
others to not agree. The flag that
I4as led troops into battle and
4las been draped over coffins of
tPose who have fought to defend
it is the same symbolic guaran-
tee that no one can be forced to
Wave it or denied privileges in a
Public venue if he or she opts not
to wave it.
-This Homosassa restaurant is
privately owned, but is still con-
4idered to be a public place of
business and, therefore, should
i ot refuse service to any cus-
Simply stop S0
To the people of Citrus
Iills who drive on Man-0-
\ar and go through the
Hllamiltonian: There is a
Irge octagon sign that has
qight sides that means ,
octagon that's painted CA".
r'ed with four big letters on
i They are "S-T-O-R" That 563-
r leans you do not go
through the intersection at
30 mph. You bring your vehicle to a
*top; that means not moving. That's
because the cars driving
Hamiltonian do not have to stop.
when two vehicles occupy the same
place, same time, that's not good.
That's called an accident. Most like-
ly, a car passes, into the driver's side
or into the passenger's side. So
wake up, folks. Those are not street
decor tihajs.' They mean something..
The president's pushing for torte
rMform nationwide at a $250,000
c~ap. Well, good ol' Texas has had
tprte reform and the three largest
medical malpractice insurance car.
riers have increased their premiums
f'om 16.6 percent to 35 percent.
Oklahoma, up 83 percent over three
years and Ohio, 10 percent to 40
Percent. Bush's proposed torte
reform is really called payback for
campaign money by the big HMOs.
Ille bottom line is: Juries like you
nd me decide malpractice awards,
r $t trial lawyers.
i Getting noisier
There were three complaints in
SSund Off this past week concern-
i ig noise. Hallelujah. I was begin-
r ihg to think all Crystal River resi-
c ents were deaf. And what about
F l6nes flying way too low, circling
tomer based on his or her race,
sex or creed. Given the fact that
Friday and Saturday evenings
are packed with those wishing to
join in the celebrated waving of
flags, there can be no doubt this
presentation is popular. But it
should not be popularity that is
mandated, no matter how many
signs and warnings are posted.
This restaurant is
applauded for its
SSUE: weekly patriotic
havingg reminds us of the
enges glorious country we
oms. live in and the pre-
cious freedoms that
PINION: we must never take
ie high for 'granted. And
ad. those who may dis-
agree with this
respect the request that all
patrons participate and not be in
the' facility during this time if
they feel it is in conflict with
their personal beliefs.
Our democratic rights and
freedoms will continually be
challenged and they must
remain void of favoritism, excep-
tions and bias or they will no
longer be valid. And we must
learn to accept those differences
in each other and even protect
those differences when con-
The owner of this restaurant
should accept the role of a true
patriot by allowing people to
refuse to wave the flag if they
wish. And those who enter the
restaurant should do so with the
understanding that this is just a
good place for neighbors and
friends to show their pride and
wave the county's flag.
i iI one area all day? Don't we
have noise-abatement ordi-
nances in this city? It
would be nice if the
Chronicle would let us
know and instruct us how
to get them enforced -
that's if they exist, of
course. It's an ongoing,
0579 Stripped land
Read in the past about
people complaining about
stripping trees and stripping land
and leaving it looking a mess. Can
someone explain who on (County
Road) 581, south of the (State
Road) 44 (C.R.) 581 traffic light, a
couple blocks on the right-hand side
... there's several acres there'-
probably five or more that they
stripped out, plowed some trees
away. Now, it looks like a pea-pickin'
garbage dump. There's nothing
replanted. Trees are broken off, rot-
ting, dying. It's just a little bit before
our Pleasant Grove School, and it
just absolutely looks horrible.
Would everyone hauling their bwn
trash, their own tree limbs and yard
debris please use some common
sense and tie down your loads or
tarp them? I see more trash and
more tree limbs lying on the road, in
the road, by the road, than anyplace
I have ever lived in my.life. Come on,
people. We're intelligent human
beings. Let's be smart about this.
Secretary General Kofi Anan
should resign as head of the U.N.
Several investigations are ongoing in
the oil-for-food program scandal.
Get the U.S. out of the U.N., and the
U.N. out of the U.S.
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My name is Brian Witty, and I just
thought you might be interested in
hearing about the hard work and car-
ing dedication my mother, Nancy
Witty, and her co-worker, Rusty Harry,
have given to the displaced families
of Citrus County.
Nancy and Rusty have been instru-
mental in finding help and housing
for people whose lives were devastat-
ed by the three hurricanes and flood-
Nancy and Rusty provided RVs at
Rock Crusher Canyon and have spent
countless hours checking everyone in
and correcting any problems people
had with their temporary housing.
On top of all of their hard work,
Nancy and Rusty realized that these
families were going through a tough
time, so they asked everyone they
knew and even some people they did-
n't to donate toys and gifts to help
provide a better Christmas for those
On Dec. 19, Nancy and Rusty threw
a Christmas party for about 60 people
from the park. There was a ton of
food, including baked ziti and a spiral
ham with all the fixings, which Rusty
and Nancy home-cooked. They donat-
ed their time, along with me and my
family, to serve these people so they
would have a great dinner.
A clown made balloon shapes for
the kids, Christmas music was played
and Santa handed out gifts to the kids
after reading them "The Night Before
The reason I wanted you to know
about my mom and friend Rusty is
because, at the last minute, she heard
of another needy family that had been
turned away from another charity.
This family has two children and a
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father with terminal chance
tacted this family Friday, D
see what she. could do. Na]
everyone she knew again t
could make this family's Cl
merry. By the end of the we
had all the presents this fa
If there were more peop
world who cared as much
and Rusty, the world would
to perfect They just touched
and I wanted to share it
Depends on defi
A recent "Letter to the Ed
Pilgrim), by one stroke of th
quoting the commandment
shall not kill," castigated a
tion of the 294-million popu
the United States by calling those who
support the death penalty as being
"savages," and included governments
that support it as "uncivilized."
He did stipulate that it was all right
to kill if one was defending himself,
his family, his fellow man or his coun-
try. It would seem that he does not
understand that all of the above could
and would be defined as being exact-
ly what the death penalty does: It is
designed to protect a murderous per-
son from killing.
One commandment Jesus said
needed to be included as an addition-
al to the 10 was, "Thy shalt love thy
neighbor as thyself." The Hellenistic
Greek word here is "agapa," which
means basically, unconditional
unselfish caring for all mankind, irre-
spective of what they are, have been
or will be.
i-lne.com. Many scholars have interpreted this
word "kill" in the Hebrew to mean
murder. Irrespective of definitive phi-
:r. She con- losophizing, almost everyone is guilty
)ec. 18, to of some form of delimited killing
ncy called every day. The killing list is almost
o see if she endless and could include: judging
hristmas others unfairly, abusive language, lack
weekend, she of respect for individuals, driving
,mily could carelessly, being argumentative, rag-
ing out of control, child and spousal
le in this abuse, smoking, taking drugs, etc.
as Nancy Each bit of negative acting out
d be close behavior subtracts a bit of life happi-
ed my heart ness from one's precious short exis-
tence on this earth.
Brian Witty The most significant way in our
society to kill is not through the uti-
mnition lization of a legally required needle
or the electric chair, but of our own
editor" (Rafe personal behavior toward ourselves
ie pen, and others.
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The theory of impact fees is
that they offset the tax burden
on existing property owners by
forcing newcomers to pay for
Citrus County Builders
Association members want the
proposed impact fees reduced.
They say the fees could put a
damper on the county's build-
Frink said two large road
projects were added to the
county's five-year planning
program as a result of the 25-
year transportation plan. The
Widening County Road 486
from State Road 44 to Forest
Ridge Boulevard. The cost is
$52 million. The road will be
expanded to four lanes, which
would complete the four-laning
of that road.
Widening County Road 491
from State Road 44 to County
Road 486 at a cost of $23.4 mil-
lion. When that portion is fin-
ished, C.R. 491 will have been
four-laned from Grover
Cleveland Boulevard to Pine
Other topics discussed at the
goal-setting session included:
Frink said the annual cost
of disposing of solid waste at
the Citrus County Central
Landfill increased by 40 per-
cent during the past decade. At
the same time, voluntary recy-
cling increased by 72 percent
Rising garbage costs
He said the county has near-
ly finished construction of a
lined garbage cell at the land-
fill. The cell will be filled in
five years, giving the county
time to decide whether it wants
to build a transfer station.
Commissioner Jim Fowler
said the county should stop dig-
ging holes to bury its garbage,
and begin transferring garbage
outside the county.
Incineration and out-of-county
landfills are two options.
Commissioners have given
staff the green light to study the
transfer option, but, with two
new members on the board,
staff wanted to know whether
there had been a change in the
thinking of the board. There
did not appear to be a change.
whether the sheriff's office
should continue to be in charge
of the Citrus County
Chairwoman Vicki Phillips
said most Florida counties
allow the county commission to
administer emergency man-
agement She said that makes
sense because commissioners
pay most of the costs and their
staffs are involved in the day-
Staff members were told to
look into the matter and com-
pare the costs associated with
the sheriff's office handling
the service versus the county
Credit cards, airport
With county employee
credit card use growing, and
the number of county vehicles
rising, Phillips said more over-
sight is needed with regard to
county spending practices.
Phillips said the number of
vehicles weighing less than
10,000 pounds has risen to 275
in county government, with 450
employees using them.
"That seems like an awful lot
of vehicles," she said. "What
about all the gas they're
E Frink noted that officials at
the Crystal River Airport
would like to extend the run-
way to 5,000 feet Even if that
doesn't happen, he said the
county plans to get larger fuel
tanks and expand the Fixed
Base Operator building.
Phillips and Commissioners
Gary Bartell and Joyce
Valentino were opposed to
extending the runway, and
Commissioner Dennis Damato
was in favor of the extension.
Fowler left the meeting early
for a previously scheduled
The runway would bh,
extended by about 200 feet to
reach the 5,000-foot mark, but it
would mean building in a wet-
lands area. And Phillips said
residents in Crystal River
Paradise Estates were told ear-
lier the runway would not be
Damato said the extension
would not impact any homes
that were not already affected
by the existing runway, and he
said it would allow corporate
jets to park at the facility, geni-
erating thousands in intangible
taxes for the county.
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