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  • Savoring freedom, decades later

    Ralph Lamb doesn’t boast about his time in the U.S. Army during World War II, but no one could blame him if he did. 

    After all, the now-95-year-old served in the famed 3rd Armored Division, which was led by both Gen. George S. Patton and at times Gen. Omar Bradley, if Gen. Patton had drawn the ire of his superiors, which was often.

  • Veteran receives long-overdue medal

    AMERICUS, Ga. — The surprise was evident on Ralph Lamb’s face on Sept. 19 when he walked into the Storm Dome at Georgia Southwestern State University for “The Ride Home,” an annual event celebrating National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

    There to greet Lamb were his son, Ralph “Buddy” Lamb, and his granddaughter Debbie Marshall. 

  • Chamber: Say no to sales tax

    The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce has come out against the 1 percent sales tax for road resurfacing, saying the tax isn’t necessary and would cause an undue burden on taxpayers.

    The chamber’s government affairs committee met recently with acting County Administrator Jeff Rogers to discuss the “Cent for Citrus” referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot. The full board of directors then decided to not support the tax.

  • EDC spotlights local industry

    Coming off a pivotal year, the Citrus County Economic Development Council (EDC) will celebrate October as Industry Appreciation Month with a variety of events.

    Signature activities during October, which is also Florida Manufacturing Month, include Fire Up Citrus, the Industry Appreciation Mixer, the EDC Awards Luncheon and the EDC Barbecue.

  • Scam uses recorded voice of relatives

    Scammers will do almost anything to con people — they’ll even use voice recordings of a relative, supposedly in danger, to collect money from a frantic family member.

    Jim Schidner was working on a recent morning on his antique car when he heard the phone ring.

    It was the voice of his grandson telling him he ran into some trouble and needed money or else he would be going to jail.

  • Road work begins
  • Businesses serve free coffee today

    Today is Coffee Day in the United States. Coffee Day is an international event focusing on the plight of coffee workers worldwide, where businesses offer free or discounted cups of coffee.

    The following businesses are among those that will be serving free coffee:

    Boathouse Restaurant, 1935 SE U.S. 19, Crystal River, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Cadence Bank, 301 U.S. 41 S., Inverness; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • County briefs 9/29/14

    Save Our Waters Week essay contest

    The Save Our Waters Week Committee of Citrus County is sponsoring an essay contest for area students.

    Students in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in the 2014 contest titled, “Florida Springs — A Treasure in Jeopardy.” 

  • Monday Conversation: Doug Dodd

    He is a familiar face with a wide spectrum of local involvement. Born and raised in Citrus County, Doug Dodd has spent the majority of his life serving the community.

    In February, he retired after 26 years from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office as a captain. He also helped start the local School Resource Officer program and was an SRO for 10 years.

  • Seniors vs. Crime looks to expand

    If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

    That familiar adage has been a fundamental piece of advice for many defrauded victims who received legal guidance with the Seniors vs. Crime organization.

    The nonprofit Seniors vs. Crime was designed in 1989 as a special project of the Florida Attorney General’s Office to provide victims of fraudulent scams with the power to recover their losses.