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A glimpse of stories for new year

There's no telling what 1999's headlines will be. But here's a look at some stories that likely will attract attention:

COUNTY SEAT: The County Commission will explore the possibility of extending the county seat's boundaries to include Lecanto. If history is any indicator, the commission will receive spirited resistance from the Inverness City Council.

A SORT OF HOMECOMING? Now that she has resigned as attorney for the city of Inverness, Jeannette Haag is seeking a seat on the City Council. Haag, a former council member, is challenging council President Ted Stauffer in the city's February elections.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: The newly formed Economic Development Council has hired an executive director, Richard N. Jensen, and is ready to move forward.

TRIAL TERM: A number of high-profile criminal cases should be resolved during 1999. Among the defendants: Timothy Courtney, accused of killing his young daughter; several young men accused of being involved in a fatal drive-by shooting; and Robert DiMarco, accused of killing Kevin "Snake" McCabe.

SCHOOL'S OUT? The fate of the old Lakeview School building at U.S. 41 and Parson Point Road will be debated some more. The School Board has declared the property as surplus, but some community leaders might succeed in saving the structure.

ROAD WORK: Crews will continue widening County Road 491 between State Road 44 and Grover Cleveland Boulevard. It's possible, but not definite, that state road planners will announce for certain whether the Citrus extension of the Suncoast Parkway will be built.

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Deputy clerks likely will get some strange looks from would-be brides and grooms. A new state law requires couples to read a marriage booklet before they can receive a marriage license. Unless they have undergone a pre-marriage course, those couples also must wait three days for the license.