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Elderly pedestrian dies from crash injuries

An elderly man hit by a vehicle Thursday afternoon died that night at Tampa General Hospital. Joseph Abramowitz, 84, of Inverness was struck by a Dodge Durango as he tried to cross busy State Road 44 near Independence Highway on foot. He was injured badly in the collision and taken by helicopter to Tampa. No charges will be filed in the incident, said the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

MTV to air version

of Citrus High prank

Citrus County will be featured on national television next week. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, MTV plans to air a re-enactment of a September 2003 high school prank in which Citrus High School students shot paint balls at Crystal River High School's homecoming floats. Producers of the MTV series High School Stories arranged a re-enactment using Citrus County students, but it was filmed in Tampa. Earlier this month, Comedy Central's The Daily Show featured a piece about the Inverness Cooter Fest. The Travel Channel this summer also featured a local business that builds hovercrafts.

Thrift store opens

Oct. 5 at new site

INVERNESS _ The Helping Hands thrift store of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church has found a new home. The store is scheduled to open for business at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at 5164 S Florida Ave. (U.S. 41 S) Regular store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The thrift store's location on Inverness Boulevard at U.S. 41 S was severely damaged when Frances struck.


For information on workshops and demonstrations offered by the Citrus County Art League Cultural Center, call 746-7606. A different number was printed in Thursday's Citrus Times.