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  • Shots fired in domestic dispute

    CRYSTAL RIVER –— No one was injured and one man was arrested after gunshots broke the early morning silence on Friday in Crystal River.

    Citrus County sheriff’s deputies responded at roughly 2:30 a.m. to a domestic disturbance call with shots fired at West Concord Court, where they found a car had crashed into a tree, according Sgt. Steve Casada, a detective with the sheriff’s office.

  • Fair fun winds down
  • Oliver rules against waste hauler

    County Administrator Randy Oliver has ruled against Good Fella’s Roll-Off and Disposal Inc., saying the company is violating a county ordinance and must pay a fine totaling more than $45,000.

    And, in a related issue, county commissioners are expected Tuesday morning to open — and immediately close — a workshop on a consultant’s solid waste report because of Good Fella’s lawsuit against the county over its flow-control ordinance.

  • Inverness landmark closes next week; demolition to follow

    INVERNESS — Willy McClain, the owner of Griff’s Bar, admits she will shed some tears when she sees the bulldozers tear down the Inverness landmark after 20 years of ownership.

    The exact date of demolition has not been set. But this much is known: She will close the doors at 825 W. Main St. for good at midnight Monday. She will take a month or so off and then Griff’s will be reborn in another location, about a half mile away but still in the city limits.

  • Water bill revised with several ‘concerns’

    Both sides in the debate over the state’s water policies raised “concerns” this week about revisions to a Florida Senate bill designed to usher tougher protections and standards for improving water bodies.

    Senate Bill 918, which had been passed by the Senate’s Preservation and Conservation Committee earlier in the session, was brought back for some amendments before the panel this week.

  • Rain doesn’t deter county fairgoers
  • Like father, like daughter: Another Damato starts a campaign

    It was during an otherwise ordinary political forum in Beverly Hills a few years back when Danielle Damato could no longer sit by and hear her father’s competitor take verbal swipes.

    “You’re a liar!” came a growl from the back of the room.

  • Golden anniversary: Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club marks 50 years of community service

    YANKEETOWN — It’s not a place for tea and crumpets for ladies of leisure. 

    In its 50 years, the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club has evolved into the hub of community service and involvement, famous for chili cook-offs, spaghetti dinners, soup-a-thons, bake sales and annual education salad luncheon fundraisers that primarily benefit Yankeetown School and children of the community. 

  • County briefs 3/28/15

    Road work nearing completion at intersection

    Traffic signal and intersection construction is wrapping up at U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue in Crystal River.

    Funded solely by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), this $312,000 project began in November 2014 and is expected to finish within the next couple of weeks, according to FDOT.

  • BOCC accepting applications for Stakeholders Advisory Group

    The Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG) was re-established at the March 10 Board of County Commissioners meeting and applications are currently being accepted for all positions. 

    This advisory group reviews and provides input on potential rule adoption or amendments, current procedures and policies of county programs and the value and need of current or proposed county programs and services.