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Police departments to get money for vests

The police departments in Inverness and Crystal River are among the agencies that will receive federal funding to help buy bulletproof vests. The U.S. Justice Department's Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program provides funding that law enforcement agencies must agree to match. Priority goes to jurisdictions with populations of less than 100,000. This year, smaller police jurisdictions consumed the entire $24-million of available funds, according to a news release issued Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite's office. Crystal River will receive $4,997.10 and Inverness will receive $2,975.29.

Ex-mayor part of effort

to launch a new bank

CRYSTAL RIVER _ Former Mayor Curtis Rich announced Wednesday that he and a Tampa man are assembling a community-based board of directors as a step toward organizing a new commercial bank. In a news release, Rich said he and Richard P. Hunt, chairman and chief executive officer of Kendrick, Pierce & Co. in Tampa, intend to file an application with state regulators soon. In the release, Rich said, "the continuing consolidation in the banking industry and excellent growth in Citrus County create an opportunity for the anticipated success of a new community bank."

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