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  • A year after his death, vet's family reflects on his service

    Joseph Andrew Haber was a quiet patriot who died last year on Memorial Day at age 83.

    His son, Bob Haber, knew that his father had been in the Army, serving in Germany during the Korean War, but it wasn’t until he started cleaning out his father’s house and discovered boxes of mementos from his time in service that he got a better picture of who his dad really was.

  • Roadwork to cause some headaches this week

    A sewer line installation at West Green Acres Street in Homosassa will cause motorists to take detours for two days this week.

    The street will be closed at the U.S. 19 intersection Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon. John McShaffrey, spokesman with the Florida Department of Transportation, said U.S. 19 will remain open, but motorists will not be able to drive through the intersection there.

    McShaffrey said drivers will have to do the following:

  • For grieving parents, advocacy follows tragedy

    The words “your child has a brain tumor” are words no parent wants to hear.

    When Christa Brooks heard it on Dec. 11, 2014, she went numb.

    “From then on, I was in a daze,” she said.

    Her daughter, Kylee Ryan, died 17 months later, on May 13, 2016. She was 12 years old.

  • Gala to celebrate heart of giving for Phil Royal Legacy

    April Royal was looking for a way to raise money for the community  in a big way.

    The head of the Phil Royal Legacy, named after her late husband, said the idea came to her in the middle of the night.

    “It hit me like a ton of bricks,” Royal said. “I wanted to put on some big event. There are so many caring, concerned people. These people just have a heart of gold. That’s how the name evolved.”

  • Honoring the fallen
  • Copeland Park community reunion
  • Unlocked cars targeted by thieves

    It’s simple: Locking car doors makes it harder for people to steal from a vehicle.

    That’s the message the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office wants to put out after responding to 144 cases of conveyance burglaries over the course of a year in which a vehicle, camper or other “mobile container” was left unlocked or unsecured.

  • IRS, vacation scams reported

    This past week at SVC we have seen a wide range of scams moving through the county.  As expected, the IRS scam is going strong and we have received over 75 calls regarding this annoying scam. The vast majority of the calls are providing a call-back number and the 

  • SRCS graduates largest class in school’s history

    If Friday night’s graduation at Seven Rivers Christian School had a theme it would be: “Class of 2017, you are dearly loved.”

    From the opening procession to the tossing of their caps, the 38-member senior class celebrated the bonds of friendship with each other and with the school faculty as they said goodbye to the school that had nurtured them, some since preschool.

  • Not much remains of county's 14 ghost towns

    Ghost towns, their saloon doors still swinging in the breeze and tumbleweeds inching their way down a deserted main drag, are standard fodder for western writers.

    But such towns were not confined to the Old West.