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Key Training Center tops fund-raising goal

The 1996 Key Training Center Run for the Money raised $109,000, easily topping its goal of $95,000, according to Chet Cole, executive director of the center. A Celebrity Auction on July 12 raised $30,000, with the centerpiece being two Pocahontas dolls handmade by Dorothy Cole, Chet Cole's mother. They were bought for $7,000 by an anonymous donor, who in past auctions has regularly bought the dolls made by Mrs. Cole. Other special events, such as golf and tennis tournaments and the Inverness Invasion wrestling matches, netted an additional $14,000. Direct mail donations totaled $32,000, and the annual telethon Saturday brought in $33,000, of which $5,800 was raised by area firefighters through their "boot drive." "Once again, Citrus County showed where its heart is," Cole said.

Couple sues doctor over care of daughter

INVERNESS _ A Citrus County couple has filed suit against a pediatric specialist, saying he did not properly care for their infant daughter when she was admitted to Citrus Memorial Hospital in 1994. Dr. Ira Fialko, an osteopathic physician who treated Ashley Posluszny, failed to diagnose a disorder that involves the kinking of the bowels, according to the lawsuit, filed Monday in Citrus County Circuit Court. Ocala attorney Edwin Cluster said that because doctors did not treat Ashley in a timely manner, she had to be rushed to Shands Hospital in Gainesville for surgery. The girl eventually recovered. Among other things, Cluster writes that Fialko should have consulted with other doctors and told the Poslusznys that he was unable to treat Ashley. The Poslusznys are suing for damages in excess of $15,000. Fialko could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.


A panel soon will consider whether two Inverness police officers violated department policies during a June 23 car chase. A headline in Sunday's Times gave a different focus for the review.

A free End of Summer Youth Celebration and Splash Down Pool Party for children ages 10 to 14 takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at Whispering Pines Park and Pool in Inverness. No date was given in a story in Monday's Times.