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Inverness voters have until Monday to register

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming city election. Voters can register at the Supervisor of Elections Office: 120 N Apopka Ave., Inverness, or 801 SE U.S. 19, Crystal River. The election will be Feb. 8, and early voting will be available beginning Jan. 24. City voters will elect two City Council members in this year's city election.

Crystal River to shut off water for repairs Monday

CRYSTAL RIVER _ City water will be turned off for waterline repairs between 9 a.m. and noon on Monday between NE 11th Avenue and NE 12th Avenue in Garden Hills and on NE First Terrace, SE First Street, SE Second Street and SE Third Street. Boil water notices will be distributed. Call Public Works, 795-6149.

Center seeks volunteers for well-being monitoring

LECANTO _ The Nature Coast Volunteer Center seeks volunteers to regularly call older, homebound people throughout Citrus to ensure their well-being and to provide social contact. Orientation for the volunteers will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 280 of the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 Sovereign Path. People who complete the training are not obligated to participate in the program. Call 527-5427.

County issues its weekly pollen counts for area

LECANTO _ The Citrus County Health Department conducted its weekly pollen count Thursday. The count showed tree pollens and grass pollens in the low range and fungus spores in the high range.

RETURNING THE PAST: Sandra Noble walks past a "midden," or village mound, on the grounds of the Crystal River Archaeological State Park on Monday afternoon. American Indians called Crystal River and the surrounding coastal area home thousands of years ago, before they disappeared from our historical record. A century ago, a treasure hunter came to what is now the state park and dug up many artifacts that the ancient people left behind and took them to the Northeast. The hundreds of objects he took from the burial mounds sat mostly unseen in museum storage since. But Noble, a Crystal River historian, has started on a plan involving the Smithsonian to return them home. See story, FLORIDIAN.

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