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  • Farewell, friend

    It seems Citrus County isn’t big enough to hold all of Phil Royal’s mourners.

    Yet, they couldn’t stay away.

    Not last Tuesday evening, when thousands lined roadways while a law enforcement escort returned Royal’s body to Inverness.

    Not on Saturday, when they completed what Royal started — the final dash and walk to the Key Training Center for an emotional end to this year’s Run for the Money.

  • Phil knew the hope of ‘crazy love’

    If more than a thousand people come to your funeral, you could say you were “crazy loved.”

    Phil Royal knew such a love.

    It was said at his funeral service on Monday that during his wife’s pregnancy he used to sing the Thomas Rhett song “Die A Happy Man” to her and their unborn daughter every night.

    The lyrics go, “… all I need in this life is your crazy love and I could die a happy man.”

  • Sanders says Clinton must become next president

    PHILADELPHIA  — Ending months of animosity, Bernie Sanders robustly embraced his former rival Hillary Clinton Monday night as a champion for the same economic causes that enlivened his supporters, signaling it was time for them, too, to rally behind the Democratic nominee in the campaign against Republican Donald Trump.

  • Judge: Teens will be tried together

    Defense attorneys attempted one last time on Monday to have two teenage boys tried separately for the slaying and armed robbery of a Crystal River man.

    Gregg Brennan and Edward Spaight, Bryan Robinson’s and Tyzick Wall’s respective attorneys, motioned for Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard to have separate trials for their 18-year-old clients.

  • Board eyes landfill charges

    Citrus County commissioners meet today with one of their own taking the day off.

    Commissioner Scott Adams informed the county on Sunday he would be absent from today’s meeting.

    In an email, Adams did not give a reason for missing the meeting. He said he wanted read out loud during the meeting that he opposed the proposed new landfill assessments, including $25 a year per household, that is part of today’s agenda.

  • Country briefs 7/26/2016

    Prices at the pump continue falling

    Gas prices are falling at a rate not seen in nearly two years.

    The average price in Florida on Sunday declined for the 47th consecutive day, according to auto club AAA. 

    During that time, prices fell 23 cents. It is the longest slide in gas prices since October 2014 to January 2015, when prices fell 120 consecutive days statewide.

  • District probe: Schools are safe

    A Citrus County School District investigation has found no basis for allegations about school building safety or grade tampering leveled — through a parent — by state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith.

    District investigators interviewed school principals, reviewed documents and inspected school classrooms before concluding in the 119-page report that the allegations were unfounded.

  • They were here first

    CITRUS SPRINGS — Once a month, members of The Wildlife Club talk about the birds and bees — and countless other animals that call Citrus County home.

    The Wildlife Club was born in 2013 when president and founder Brenda Roberts saw a need to find answers about local wildlife.

  • Key telethon raises more than $200,000
  • WTC to offer cyber security courses

    WHAT: Applied Cyber Security Program

    WHERE: Withlacoochee Technical College 

    START DATE: Aug. 9 

    CALL: 352-726-2430

    INVERNESS — As more and more security issues arise in America — so does the need for qualified Cyber Security talent.