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Dr. Thomas S. Matysik, an Inverness podiatric physician and surgeon, recently attended the Florida Podiatric Medical Association Science and Management Symposium held in Lake Buena Vista. The five-day convention featured postgraduate medical education courses on the latest techniques and procedures on the treatment of foot and ankle disorders. Matysik's practice is at 2246 Highway 44 W in Inverness. He is also on staff at Citrus Memorial Hospital.

The Bank of Inverness recently announced that Dan Slattery was promoted to senior vice president-branch coordinator. He has worked at the bank for 19 years and has been in banking for 30 years. His new position will entail working with bank branch managers in Inverness, Floral City, Beverly Hills and Hernando. The bank also announced that Jim Hovis was named manager of the Highway 44 West branch in Inverness and Jim Cook, manager of the Beverly Hills branch. Hovis has worked in banking more than 38 years. Cook joined the bank in 1983 and has more than 30 years experience in finance.

Brannen Banks of Florida Inc. recently announced that Al Romagnolo was promoted to executive vice president at Brannen Banks Services. He has more than 25 years of experience in the design, development, implementation and management of information systems. He joined Brannen Banks in 1995 as a senior vice president.

The Citrus County Code Enforcement Board recently announced that it elected officers for the new year. Ann Burch was re-elected chairman and Charles Hannagan was re-elected vice chairman of the board. The enforcement board welcomed Jerry Zielinski, a new member, and other board membersGeorge Radford, L. Richard Koenig, James F. Lamb Sr., Susan Littrell and Charles Homadue.

Raymond James & Associates Inc. in Crystal River recently announced that James McLaughlin, financial adviser and branch manager of the 2101 SE U.S. 19 office in Crystal River, has been named to the firm's 2000 Chairman's Council. In honor of his work and dedication, he also earned the Green Jacket award, which honors financial advisers who excel at "client service, ethics and high standards." He also was promoted to senior vice president of investments.


The Citrus County SCORE Chapter 646 offers free, confidential counseling services to new and existing businesses in Citrus County. The counseling covers a range of business-related topics. Call 621-0775.

Nature Coast Tourism Development Inc. recently announced that it has joined in the "Support Our Students Campaign 2000." As supporters of the program, Nature Coast is furnishing a drop-off site for supplies. Nature Coast is on Fort Island Trail in the Plantation Pointe office complex in Crystal River. The business hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, call 564-9197.

The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is inviting contestants to participate in its "Little Miss Strawberry Princess" and "Miss Strawberry Princess" pageants at the 13th annual Strawberry Festival in Floral Park in Floral City. The pageants will be March 5. Contestants must be at least 4 years old, but not older than 12 years old by March 4, and be a resident of Citrus County. Each contestant will be judged on poise, audience appeal, personality and overall appearance. Applications may be obtained at the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce in Inverness or Crystal River. There is no entry fee, and the applications are due at the chamber office by Feb. 25. Call 726-2801 or 795-3149.

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