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Program on senior issues to be broadcast Friday

The Citrus County Senior Club, a live, one-hour call-in show focusing on issues concerning the county's growing senior population, will take to the airwaves Friday morning. The show will air from 9 to 10 a.m. on WYKE-TV Ch. 49, said Cathy Pearson, director of the county's community support services division. Pearson will host the program with her boss, Brad Thorpe. With a live audience of 24 people from the Nature Coast Lodge Assisted Living Facility in Lecanto, the first show will feature County Commission Chairwoman Vicki Phillips, who will talk about the new Citrus County Resource Center/VA Clinic (the former Brown Schools), Pearson said. The show will include games for the studio audience and trivia questions for the audience and callers. There will be prizes. The first show is sponsored by Seniors Financial Inc. of Inverness, Pearson said.

Detective: Man, 25, said he molested young girl

INVERNESS _ A man was arrested pending a sexual battery charge after telling to sheriff's detectives that he molested a young girl. James N. Cook, 25, 1605 N Point Lonesome Road, was arrested after being interviewed by detectives who were following up on a Department of Children and Families investigation. The arrest report said Cook told a sheriff's detective during an interview Monday that he molested a 3-year-old girl Dec. 30. The incident occurred in the girl's home while her mother was not there. The 21-year-old mother was arrested and accused of leaving her two young girls alone for several hours while she went on a drinking spree and passed out at another house. Cook is being held without bail at the county jail.

Anti-war demonstration scheduled Saturday

WEEKI WACHEE _ The Nature Coast Coalition for Peace & Justice will hold its first anti-Iraq War demonstration of 2005 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at U.S. 19 and State Road 50 in Hernando County. Several flag-draped coffins will be displayed. The coalition is calling for a quick American military and corporate exit strategy from Iraq, protesting prisoner abuse and expressing concern about the increasing death toll and economic burden to the United States and the military.