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Six members of the Sumter County 4-H, and their horses, qualified to compete at the State 4-H Horse Show in Tampa on July 7, 8, and 9. The participating members included Sarah Bushman, 17, daughter of Marlise and Patrick Bushman of Floral City.

Sarah is a graduate of Citrus High School and is a member of the Sumter Saddle-ups 4-H Club. She was riding her 17.5-hand quarter horse, Tap to the Music. She placed sixth in the state in Hunter Geldings larger than 14.2 hands.

Sarah and her team competed and won the Small County High Point Award, and the coveted Emerald Award (a judged award on decoration and originality of the barn and stall area where the county delegation is housed during the show).

They also won honorable mention for the Golden Shovel Award (judged on the cleanliness and neatness of the stalls and aisle way of the barn area).

The competitors worked hard for three, very hot days to excel in the events, some of which had as many as 75 exhibitors per class. There were 307 4-H exhibitors from all over the state of Florida.


The Animal Rescuers & Friends will host a Harvest Hootenanny Kids 'n" Kritters Costumed Look Alike Contest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Community Center on County Road 40 W in Inglis.

If you ever felt an uncanny likeness to your pet, this is your opportunity to get the two of you dressed up to show off that twin-ship.

Prizes will be awarded, a puppet show is planned, the Levy County Sheriff's Canine Unit will give a demonstration and there will be a Fun House. Not enough? How about games, clowns, Fish Pond, refreshments, Cat Walk, an information booth to educate about feral cats and ways to save money while keeping your pet safe and healthy. Look for the cake walk and the Polaroid photo opportunity, too.

For information, call (352) 447-3916 or e-mail

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The Women of Sugarmill Woods will host their annual fashion show luncheon, "Steppin' Out in Style" at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Palace Grand in Spring Hill. Club members will model fashions from Stein Mart.

There will be entertainment, door prizes, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and more. This is the major fundraising event of the club, which provides scholarships to local students. Tickets are $28. Seating is limited. Early reservations are suggested for this popular annual event. The deadline for reservations is Oct. 17. Call 382-1573 or 382-7473.


Veterans of all branches of the armed forces are invited to become members of the fastest growing and most effective veterans organization in Florida. The Citrus County Veterans Coalition was created in February 2004 by members of other veterans organizations, such as the Korean Veterans, VFW, DAV, American Legion, The Marine Corp League, Vietnam Veterans and others to combine their voices with the purpose of: establishing, maintaining, operating, promoting, advising and providing professional, legislative and social services to military veterans, widows and widowers of veterans in and around Citrus County.

The group lists its mission as: An organization of Veterans speaking as one voice for the benefit of all veterans.

Membership to the CCVC only requires proof of military service, a $5 annual membership fee and submitting a membership form to CCVC, P.O. Box 1281, Crystal River, FL 34423. The e-mail address is

Individuals interested in learning more about the CCVC can log onto the web site at, read the home page and click on the "News and Events" page to read about the organization's activities since its inception. The CCVC web site has connection links to the V.A.

For those who do not have access to home computers, visit a local library with internet access and go to the web site. You can download an application form from the Web site or get telephone numbers for CCVC member contacts who can provide information.

Veterans organizations interested in having CCVC members speak at their events can contact membership chairman John Ring at (352) 746-0826.


Members of the Citrus High School Class of 1994 still have time to make reservations for the upcoming reunion which takes place Oct. 2 and 3.

On Oct. 2 there will be a dinner dance from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hampton Room of Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club. There will be a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Best Western Citrus Hills.

The total cost for both events is $55 per person. Payments should be mailed to: David Virgilio, 2001 Fitzwarren Place, Apt. 201, Baltimore, MD 21209 or call (352) 726-0040 or e-mail

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The deadline for applications for the Miss Citrus County and Miss Teen Citrus Scholarship Pageants is Nov. 5. These pageants are sponsored by the Citrus County Fair Association and will take place March 4 and 5, 2005. These pageants are held before the opening of the County Fair which runs March 21 to March 26, 2005.

Applications are available at all Citrus County middle and high schools; Central Florida Community College; all Citrus County Chamber of Commerce offices and the Citrus County Fair office, 3600 S Florida Ave. (U.S. 41 S), Inverness.

The Miss Teen Pageant accepts young ladies 14 to 17 years of age. Seventeen-year-olds must be high school juniors. The Miss Citrus Pageant is for young women ages 17 to 24, and 17-year-olds must be high school seniors in this pageant. Contestants must be Citrus County residents and never married.

More than $9,200 in scholarships was awarded in 2004. The first place winner receives $1,500.

Orientation will be held Nov. 11 at the Citrus County Auditorium.

The reigning Miss Teen Citrus County is Stephanie Wood and the reigning Miss Citrus County is Kristen Bare. Volunteer pageant coordinators are: Nell Mayberry, Ann Gibbs, Lou Ellen Davis and Betty Mehl, along with business manager Jean Grant.

For more information, call the Fair office at 726-2993.


The Citrus Hills Men's Golf Association held an"Individual Low Net" tournament using 100 percent handicap Sept. 15 with 38 members participating. Prizes were awarded by Divisions. Matching of scorecards was used to break all ties. Winners were:

+ A Division: First place, Curt Mesler, -65; Second Place, Bill Lindsey, -68; Third place, John Nagle, -69.

+ B Division: First place, Clive Affleck, -67; Second Place, Colin Cheetham, -69; Third place, Bill Fick, -71.

+ C Division: First place, Clint Wynne, -65; Second Place, Bob Clayton, -66; Third place, Al Morisi, -71.

+ D Division: First place, Jack Kidd, -65; Second Place, Jim Ryan, -68; Third place, Don Sinclair, -69.

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Results of the Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club Church League _ third trimester, Sept. 14:

+ First place: Church of God, +5 weekly score, 3.5 weekly points, 18 total points.

+ Second place: Gulf to Lake, +1 weekly score, 2.0 weekly points, 16.0 total points.

+ Third place: Seven Rivers Presbyterian, -1 weekly score, 1.0 weekly points, 12.5 total points.

+ Fourth place: St. Scholastica, +5 weekly score, 3.5 weekly points, 12 total points.

+ Fifth place: First Presbyterian of Inverness, 0 weekly score, 0.0 weekly points, 11.5 total points.

Special holes, valued at $20 Pro Shop credit each _ Closest to the pin: Paul Perregaux, hole 2; Alan Ashley, hole 4. Closest to the Pin in 2: John Stauff, hole 1. Closest to the Pin in 3, Pete Cousineau, hole 7. Longest Drive: Tom McMurray, hole 3. Longest putt, Ray New, hole 4.


Citrus Springs Middle School student Heather Foster, 14, recently received notification that she has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2004 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge.

She is among the elite group of 400 students chosen from thousands across the United States as a semifinalist for the second consecutive year. Heather's project was titled, Am I Awake: A Human Study of Reaction Time Variability Related to Rotating Shifts. It won numerous honors at the Citrus Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and was in the top 10 Junior Division Projects for Citrus County, earning her the right to travel to the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair held in Jacksonville. There Heather earned fourth place.

Both of Heather's parents have done shift work. This was her inspiration to investigate the effect shift work has on individuals.

From a pool of 75,000 students, the DCYSC judges selected the top 400 as semifinalists. The thousands of students competing for this prestigious award were judged on the scientific merit of their work and their ability to communicate science. From these 400, 40 finalists will be selected to attend the DCYSC Fair in Washington, D.C., for an all-expense paid week of competition in October.

Heather maintains High Honor Roll status at Citrus Springs Middle School. She enjoys volunteering, school, art, writing, poetry, science, sports, participating in her local chorus and acting at community theatres.

Heather hopes to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Digital Arts and Science from the University of Florida with a minor in education.


+ Jahn, Jessica and Frank, Inverness, Sabrina Leigh Jahn, 7 pounds 13 ounces, Aug. 4, 2004, Pasco Regional Medical Center.

+ Barlow, Kristin Lea and Anthony Shelton, Homosassa, Anthony Shelton Barlow Jr., 6 pounds 8 ounces, 3:54 p.m. Sept. 3, 2004, Spring Hill Regional Hospital.

_ For a list of regional births, see

Floral City resident Sarah Bushman smiles from the saddle. She recently competed in the State 4-H Horse Show in Tampa as a member of the Sumter County 4-H team. She was one of six members who qualified to compete. She is a recent graduate of Citrus High School.

A GRAND OLD TIME: Local Republican Jeanne McIntosh was a member of the Florida Delegation at the recent Republican National Convention in New York. Aside from having her wallet lifted from her purse while riding an elevator immediately after checking into the hotel, the experience was, in her words, "absolutely wonderful."

Heather Foster, Discovery Channel Youth Scientist Challenge semifinalist, poses at the Citrus Regional Science and Engineering Fair with Mr. Karl Chambers, head of Citrus Springs Middle School Science Fair.