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Military order to honor Washington, soldiers

CRYSTAL RIVER - The combat wounded veterans of the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart will host a Purple Heart Commemorative Ceremony at 10:45 a.m. today at the Fallen Heroes Memorial, Bicentennial Park, 501 N Baseball Point, Crystal River. The ceremony will commemorate George Washington, creator of the Purple Heart, and honor Citrus County's fallen heroes.

Firm plans 370-home project near Inverness

INVERNESS - An Orlando developer has filed plans with the county for a 370-home project on 141 acres just south of the city limits. According to county senior planner Margaret Beake, Vista Realty Inc. of Orlando has asked the county to approve a master plan for the development, which would be on the west side of Pleasant Grove Road (County Road 581) about a mile south of State Road 44. George and Cynthia Brannen own the property, which is zoned for low-density residential use. A 120-acre portion of the property was appraised at $540,000 last year, according to the Citrus County Property Appraiser.

Landowner objects to sewer service change

CRYSTAL RIVER - A local landowner is challenging Crystal River's decision to extend sewer service to RealtiCorp's land south of the city. Lewis Ranieri and his Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies Inc., say such a move would, among other things, violate the county's Comprehensive Plan and policies, which prohibit the expansion of public infrastructure or the expenditure of public funds in the Coastal High Hazard Area. The foundation filed a complaint asking the state Department of Environmental Protection to deny the city permission to provide the sewer service or at least to hold a formal administrative hearing.

Event to assist those determining final wishes

LECANTO - Hospice of Citrus County and Central Florida Community College will present Five Wishes for End-of-Life from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 6, 8 and 13 at the CFCC campus, 3800 S Lecanto Highway (County Road 491). Five Wishes is considered a legal document in Florida and 35 other states and enables people to plan their final wishes if they are seriously ill. Each wish is described in detail and provides information needed to make an informed decision. The cost is $19. To register call Amy Prodan at 746-6721, ext. 6140.

Applicants wanted for open appeals court job

The 5th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission has an open spot on the appeals court. Applications may be requested from the office of Ladd H. Fassett between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or downloaded from the Florida Bar's Web site, www.FloridaBar.org. An original and 10 copies of all applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. March 15.

CRASH CAUSES HOUSE FIRE: Charles Brooks goes through what's left of his house and belongings after a car struck the garage and exploded early Friday morning. Authorities said a 19-year-old man drove a car into the house at 351 E Liberty St. about 2:45 a.m. See story, METRO AND STATE.

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