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  • Dog trains to detect diabetes

    When Terry Hanson first saw Cocoa at Howard’s Flea Market, she was attracted to the Maltese/Shih tzu’s coloring, a cocoa brown.

    She liked the way the 2-month-old “dust mop” puppy stood. Her dog, a lhasa apso, had died several months earlier from diabetes, and she was looking for another dog.

    Hanson has diabetes, too.

  • Iglesias or board meeting?

    INVERNESS — When your wife spends a thousand bucks on front-row seats for Pitbull and Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, work becomes an afterthought.

    Even if the job is Citrus County commissioner.

    Commissioner Scott Adams skipped out of Tuesday’s board meeting without explanation, saying only that he had to leave.

  • Citrus High homecoming court
  • Board OKs County Road 491 land deal

    The quid-pro-quo deal handing the county the right of way to several properties for the expansion of a portion of County Road 491 has been approved by the county commission.

    In exchange, the land owners get to free up dedicated storm drainage portions of their parcels for either parking or expansion. Drainage will now be channeled to central drainage retention areas (DRAs). 

  • County water project fits the bill

    BROOKSVILLE — A Citrus County project was put forward as a “poster child” for a statewide study on expanding the use of reclaimed water, stormwater and excess surface water. 

    The study, mandated by state Senate Bill 536, which passed this past legislative session, was the topic of a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) workshop Wednesday hosted by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

  • Art, seafood highlight the weekend

    The annual Festival of the Arts returns to downtown Inverness this weekend, and its one of those community events you don’t want to miss.

    From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Courthouse Square will be home to the 43rd annual event.

    The outdoor, juried show will feature fine arts and craft vendors as well as offer a variety of food and refreshments. There’s no charge for admission.

  • String of crashes across county leave one dead, several injured

    Citrus County sheriff’s and Florida Highway Patrol officials worked a series of traffic accidents on Wednesday.

    * Citrus County Sheriff’s Fire Rescue personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to remove the driver’s side door of a vehicle after Inverness driver Mark Bowser became trapped as a result of a two-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning at the intersection of North Citrus Springs Boulevard and U.S. 41 in Citrus Springs. 

  • Buy a brick, preserve a memory

    North Citrus Avenue in Crystal River will be getting a makeover of memories with help from the city’s Buy-A-Brick project.

    Crystal River is seeking interested parties wanting a lasting memory to be a part of the city’s beautification project on North Citrus Avenue, between Northwest Seventh Street and U.S. 19, by ordering an engraved brick that will make up a walkway.

  • For the record 10/30/2014

    DUI arrest

    * Bunny Oliver, 41, of West Berrigan Court, Homosassa, at 8:44 p.m. Oct. 28 on a warrant for driving under the influence with property damage and knowingly driving with a suspended license. Her bond was set at $3,000.

    Domestic battery arrest

  • Options abound for spook-tacular fall fun

    Some options to trick-or-treating for children on and around Halloween include:

    * Join the Friends of Crystal River State Parks as they host the annual Haunted Halloween for two days, Thursday and Friday. Tickets will go on sale at 7 p.m. the day of, with the last tickets sold at 10 p.m.