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Crystal Wilson, left, and her husband Jackle (not pictured) teach their children Amen, 12, middle, Jackie, 14, and Jamlleh, 14, to treat others as they want
to be treated, and to be respectful of all people.
Minority family faces its share of challenges in Citrus County
Crystal and Jackie Wilson say teaching
their children about acceptance and
diversity is not always easy in Citrus
The family recently reflected on their experi-
ences as a black family living in an area with
few minorities in honor of the approaching
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
"We celebrate his birthday, we've got our
streets named after him, but the meaning of why
we respect the man
is lost," Crystal
Jackie live in
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Jamileh, 14, Jackie Jr., 14, and Amen, 12.
"If Martin Luther King never spoke his
dreams, we might still be segregated," Amen
said. "He was a brave, good man."
The Wilsons moved from Augusta, Ga., in 2001,
and while they love their new home, life as a
minority is not always an easy one.
"We've had more Area teachers reflect
racial incidents on Dr. Martin Luther
occur here in the King Jr.'s dream
last three years than PAGE 1C
the whole 10 years
we were in Geor-
gia," Mrs. Wilson said. "It's mostly with the kids
The children said they experience racism
more at school than anywhere else.
'Ivins Jackie Jr. and Jamileh are ninth-graders
at Citrus High School. Amen is a seventh-grader
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Kelly Conrath: A young life in full bloom
Leukemia claims short but
vibrant life ofInverness woman
showed up at ours," said
NANCY KENNEDY 2004, a week before she died, Celeste Harbison. 'At first she
nkennedy@ snow fell on Houston and Kelly wouldn't talk to any of us, but
chronicleonline.com got to throw snowballs with she'd come with us every-
Chronicle her entire family as her targets. where, so we called her
Kelly Conrath, of Inverness, Luggage." ,
As her Christmaswish, Kelly died Dec. 31. She was 21. To other friends, such as
Conrath wanted only two Her mother, Sandy Shuart, Joan Demott, Kelly was known
things: to have her entire fami- called her "Rosebud." As a as "The Terminator" because '
ly with her in Houston, Texas, waitress at Sonny's she was she could beat anyone at video
where she had been undergo- called "Baby Girl." In high games.
ing treatment for leukemia school, the group she hung out To her older sister Christy,
and she wanted to see snow. with called her "Luggage." she was a "little monkey,"
Trouble is, it hadn't snowed "She had been 'banned' from always climbing. "She's the Special to the Chronicle
in Houston for more than 100 the skater lunch table (at Inverness resident Kelly Conrath died New Year's Eve of leukemia.
years. But on Christmas Eve Citrus High School), so she Please see POSTSCRIPT/Page 5A She was 21.
Change in boat
parking at issue
The Crystal River City
Council is currently wrestling
with the problem of whether to
allow residents to park boats
in front of their homes.
Presently, parking boats or
their trailers in front of homes
is not allowed.
be parked on
the side of the
code has been- Susan
on the books Boyer
for about 15 city manager
years, theboat cites turnover
parking issue for lack of
has not been enforcement.
enforced until now. City
Manager Susan Boyer said
that's because of the turnover
of city administration and
either the lack of a full-time
enforcement official or the
Please see ORDINANCER/Page'4A
shown on council
Crystal River City Council mem-
bers represent opposing views.
The specific issue under
debate is whether to allow
parking boats in driveways,
but it springs from a larger
philosophical difference evi-
dent in members of the Crystal
River City Council.
The difference, say those
representing the two on oppo-
site sides of the issues, will
determine either how the city
looks in the future neat and
pleasing as opposed to clut-
tered and unattractive or
what kind of atmosphere the
city has, relaxed and resident-
friendly as opposed to over-
Council member John
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