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Local News

  • C.R. institutes new fees

    Crystal River residents may have noticed changes over the past few months as the city gears up for renovations.

    But it is ticket stations, which require visitors to pay to park or to use a boat ramp, that has locals and tourists debating whether the change is justifiable.

    Last December, the city installed five ticket stations at four locations to start charging for its once-free service. In January, the machines were in working order.

  • Inverness ushers in new fire department

    The Inverness Fire Department is now official.

    City firefighters have been providing fire services to city residents since Monday, after taking responsibility from Citrus County Sheriff’s Fire Rescue.

    But city officials needed something more to usher in their new department.

    “We reclaim part of history,” Inverness City manager Frank DiGiovanni told onlookers of the ribbon-

  • County names new housing services director

    Citrus County Department of Community Services has named Tammy Harris as the new Housing Services Director. Harris starts her new position Monday.  

  • County briefs 2/6/16

    Cold weather shelter may open on weekend

    Officers with the Salvation Army will be monitoring the weather this weekend.

    Should temperatures drop below 40 degrees, they will open the cold weather shelter located at 712 S. School Ave., Lecanto.

  • Bitten by the birding bug

    Any birdwatching enthusiast is quick to tell you — the moment anyone takes a minute to listen to a mockingbird sing, watch a pileated woodpecker clear the treetops or see a purple gallinule gracefully walk on lily pads — a lifelong devotion to one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the nation will take flight.

  • GOP circles Rubio as stakes grow

    REPUBLICAN DEBATE

    * WHERE: St. Anselm’s College Institute of Politics, Manchester, New Hampshire.

    * WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, on ABC.

    * WHO’S INVITED:  Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. John Kasich.

  • ‘Modern day Bonnie and Clyde’

    MILTON, Fla. — A weeklong search for a Missouri couple wanted in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended with one suspect dead and the other wounded Friday, after authorities say they chased the pair across the highway and through a rural neighborhood and exchanged gunfire with them in Florida’s Panhandle.

  • Local briefs 2/5/2016

    NARFE meets next Tuesday

    The next National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Chapter 776 meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. at Mama’s Kuntry Kafe, 1787 W. Main St., Inverness on Tuesday Feb. 9.

  • Luke vs. leukemia

    A mother’s intuition is not something to take lightly.

    So when Lauren Lambert noticed her 19-month-old son Luke wasn’t acting like himself, she took him to the pediatrician without hesitation.

    Told she would be waiting nearly a week on blood tests, Lambert went to the emergency room in hopes of a quicker answer.

    That night, Luke was diagnosed with leukemia.

  • Help county pets through adoption and education

    Looking for a furry best friend?

    You might find one at Citrus County Animals Services’ Best Friend Fest this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Citrus County Auditorium.

    The event offers access to pet rescues, groomers, veterinarians and loads of information on pet health and wellness.

    The mission is to bring local resources together and to introduce the community with various pet rescues around the county.