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  • Field day fun-fueled for athletes

    Bright smiles filled the stadium during the 31st West Citrus Kiwanis Field Day on Friday at Crystal River High School. 

    Over 300 participants with developmental disabilities from the Key Training Center and Citrus Resource for Exceptional Students in Transition (CREST) School came to have a fun-fueled day of Olympic-style activities.  

  • YMCA partners with veterans on fitness course

    A veteran of the Iraq War, Dan Hudock, 31, had been stuck in his house with PTSD with nothing to do.

    One day, while he talked with Kim Menster, the county veterans service officer, she suggested he do something, go to the gym, volunteer — just do something.

    That got him thinking.

    He knew he wasn’t the only veteran in Citrus County with PTSD, and he wasn’t the only veteran, period. Citrus County has 

  • One Rake, mall to share aquarium study

    CRYSTAL RIVER — A mutual non-disclosure agreement between the United Realty MTA, LLC — the current owners of the Crystal River Mall — and One Rake at a Time Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was signed Thursday. This allows the sharing of a feasibility study that was completed in February 2016 that shows an aquarium as a good fit for Crystal River and would help spur economic development in Citrus County, according to a news release.

  • Man charged with sexual relations with 13-year-old

    A homeless man living in Beverly Hills was accused Thursday of having sex with a teenage girl.

    Investigators with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office received information that 21-year-old Johnathan Robert Munson was having sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl, which resulted in her pregnancy, according to Munson’s arrest report.

    A sheriff’s detective found and detained Munson, who did not say anything other than he knew why he was being arrested. 

  • Sumterville man faces double trouble

    A Sumterville man out on bond on charges of trafficking methamphetamine a couple weeks ago, was accused again Thursday night of committing the same crime.

    Citrus County sheriff’s officials pulled over 36-year-old Daniel Glenn Purvis and his 25-year-old passenger, Kyle James Ross, of Homosassa, because Purvis was driving with an expired tag, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • Compared to state, Citrus County jobless numbers remain high

    Employment numbers released Friday show a classic good news-bad news scenario for Citrus County.

    February’s unemployment rate for February of 6.7 percent was the third worst in the state, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO).

    The two counties that posted higher unemployment rates than Citrus were Hendry, 7.2 percent, and Sumter, 7.0 percent.

  • Mall Kmart closing Sunday, Radio Shack to follow suit

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Kmart at the Crystal River Mall will close its doors for good Sunday

    The store was a fixture at the mall off U.S. 19 since it opened in 1990. Kmart parent company Sears Holdings announced in December the site was one of eight Florida locations to be closed because of not being profitable.

  • Ground has been broken

    Almost 30 years of waiting is over and Crystal River will have its Riverwalk.

    At a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, City Manager Dave Burnell welcomed a crowd of around 30 people where the Riverwalk’s main gateway will be, just south of the intersection of U.S. 19 and N.W. 2nd Avenue.

    “This is a special event,” he said. “I look forward in another couple years to seeing you all walking up and down the Riverwalk.”

  • Schoolhouse Hustle set for April 1

    The Citrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) is hosting the fourth annual Schoolhouse Hustle 5K/10k and 1-mile walk on Saturday, April 1, at CREST School in Lecanto. 

    Foundation officials invite all Citrus County students, alumni, teachers and those who support education to come out to walk or run to benefit pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the first race starting at 8 a.m.  

  • Charitable board hires investment consultant

    Michael D. Bates

    Staff writer

    LECANTO — The Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation (CCCCF) now has its own investment consultant.