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  • Looking for the next boom

    INVERNESS — So what do the cities of Inverness, Brooksville, Floral City and Dunnellon all have in common?

  • Development will go back to drawing board

    A long and somewhat controversial attempt to revive Citrus County with a major shopping development in Crystal River is back to square one.

    On. Aug. 10, Crystal River’s city council voted to remove from its comprehensive plan the development plan for a 160-acre shopping plaza on the corner of U.S. 19 and West Venable Street, known as Crystal River Commons.

  • Man allegedly had more than a pound of pot

    A traffic stop on Saturday ended with the arrest of a Beverly Hills man on a drug charge after deputies allegedly found over a pound of marijuana in his car.

    A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled Louis Thomas Logue over off of North Buckhorn Drive near the intersection with West Antelope Lane, in the Beverly Hills area, after he ran a stop sign at a nearby intersection, according to Logue’s arrest report.

  • Two injured in wreck
  • Flood warning canceled for Withlacoochee

    A flood warning issued Sunday for the Withlacoochee River in northeastern Citrus County was withdrawn Monday morning.

    The National Weather Service, which expected rainfall from Erika’s remnants and regular storms to bring river levels above 8 feet by Friday afternoon at the State Road 200 bridge, now forecasts the river to rise to just below flood levels — at 7.9 feet — by Saturday, a forecaster at the Tampa station said.

  • Authorities on lookout for suspect

    Authorities are asking for help in tracking down Henrekae “Nukie” Bellamy for his connection to an armed robbery Monday afternoon in Crystal River.

    Bellamy, 18, is alleged to have robbed a person at gunpoint at about 3:12 p.m. behind Mickey’s Bar and Billiards, before driving away with two unknown black men in a newer, black Nissan Altima with a temporary tag of BLG9257, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Regional planner needs volunteers

    Wanted: men and women willing to volunteer to help make Citrus and Hernando counties safer for bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians.

    The Hernando-Citrus MPO staffers put the call out several weeks ago for volunteers to apply for four vacancies on the MPO’s Citizens Advisory Committee for the next two years. For purposes of equity, the organization is searching out volunteers from Citrus County.

  • Park user fees on council agenda

    INVERNESS — It’s been 17 years since the city of Inverness has modified its fees for extended seasonal users of the baseball and softball fields at Whispering Pines Park.

    Council tonight will discuss amending those fees because of the increasingly high costs of maintaining the ball diamonds. All organized leagues currently pay these fees to use the park facilities.

  • Crystal River and ... Cleveland?

    Travel sites and blogs are once again touting Crystal River as a top destination.

    In two articles published online in August, the town joined the reputable ranks of places like Key West for the best places to snorkel nationwide, and Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, for the best place to rent a vacation home.

  • Support high for youth orchestra

    Saturday, Aug. 22, the Citrus Youth Orchestra performed its second recital. The prelude to this musical potpourri consisted of a ceremony in which Amy Mangan, on behalf of the Duke Energy Foundation, presented a check in the amount of $9,500. Duke Energy and its predecessor, Progress Energy, have been the major donors to the Citrus Youth Orchestra since its