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During times of cold weather, manatees take haven in Three Sisters Springs, where water is about 72 degrees year-round. Times

Record number of manatees, and visitors, reported in Citrus waters

CRYSTAL RIVER — Joyce Kleen had a hint of what was in store when she learned from a research team at Three Sisters Springs that more than 500 manatees had used the spring between sunrise and sunset one day earlier in the week. When Kleen, a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, took to the air Thursday  …

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  1. Record number of manatees, and visitors, reported in Citrus waters

    Wildlife

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Joyce Kleen had a hint of what was in store when she learned from a research team at Three Sisters Springs that more than 500 manatees had used the spring between sunrise and sunset one day earlier in the week.

    During times of cold weather, manatees take haven in Three Sisters Springs, where water is about 72 degrees year-round.
  2. Residents welcome Cortez Commons' businesses, but traffic issues abound

    Local Government

    SPRING HILL — Hauling several bags of merchandise to her car in the Hobby Lobby parking lot one day last week, Brooksville resident Sabrina Sparkman was wearing a smile that said "mission accomplished."

    “The whole com-munity now has only one way to come out. It is just crazy. Who thought this up?’’
The Rev. Arlinda Burks,
Mariner United Methodist
  3. What the Hernando commission really needs? More scrutiny

    Local Government

    I had a good chat recently with Bob Martinez, a former neighbor and onetime fellow member of a now rare species — newspaper people.

  4. District girls basketball: Land O'Lakes, River Ridge to meet a third time

    Preps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — After sluggish starts Wednesday, the top seeds rolled to victory in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals, with No. 1 Land O'Lakes topping Fivay 51-31 and host River Ridge dropping Tarpon Springs 60-26.

  5. District girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch thrives on defense

    Preps

    TAMPA — Wiregrass Ranch junior guard Trakyra Kidd picked up two fouls in the first three minutes of Wednesday's Class 7A-8 district semifinal against Steinbrenner.

    It didn't matter.

    Wiregrass Ranch’s Trakyra Kidd, who was a menace on defense for the Bulls, takes the ball down the court.
  6. Hernando Briefs for Jan. 30

    Briefs

    Neighborhood news calendar

    Countywide

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  7. Unitarian Universalists celebrate anniversary, move to larger facility, launch new programs

    Religion

    WEEKI WACHEE — It's been a busy time for the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines. The church recently moved to a new location to accommodate growth in membership, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a service that included an American tribal dance, and this weekend will launch its new First Sunday Forum …

    It’s been a busy time for the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines, which recently moved to bigger quarters.