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  • Partners ready to tackle crime

    A 26-year-old Citrus County sheriff’s deputy and his 17-month-old partner can’t wait to test their emerging teamwork out in the field.

    Until then, K-9 Deputy Justin Williams and K-9 Samson — the young German shepherd — have a lot to learn while completing their 500 hours of K-9 certification.

    For Williams, it’s a privilege to intertwine his love for dogs with law enforcement.

  • Scott: $149M for Suncoast 2

    roject that seemed to disappear into thin air seven years ago has reappeared in a flash.

    Gov. Rick Scott’s budget includes $149 million for extending the parkway from U.S. 98 in northern Hernando County to State Road 44 in Lecanto.

    Citrus County officials, who became aware of the proposed allocation late Wednesday, are planning a meeting with turnpike officials to determine the scope and proposed use of the funds.

  • Error forces county to refund some impact fees

    INVERNESS — For months, the Citrus County Builders Association has told county officials they made a mistake with park impact fees.

    The deadline to spend fees collected from 2006 and 2007 had passed, and the county didn’t follow the correct protocol to extend the time period, CCBA members said.

    Turns out they were right.

  • Man allegedly led deputies on chase

    James Leddy, 34, was arrested at 6:06 p.m. Wednesday after trying to ditch deputies.

  • Waterline work begins in Crystal River

    Work crews on Monday began an anticipated six-month waterline replacement project in Crystal River.

    About 2 miles of new PVC water lines will replace existing, roughly to 40- to 50-year-old lines that are at risk of rupturing at any point, City Public Works Director Lou Kneip said.

  • Duke seeks exemption on use of decommission funds

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuing exemptions in response to a request from Duke Energy Florida to use funds from the Crystal River nuclear decommissioning trust for fuel management and site restoration activities.

    Duke has also requested an exemption to be able to use withdrawals from the trust for these activities without prior notification.

  • Manatees congregate in record numbers

    The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge biologist Joyce Kleen flew over Citrus County during the most ideal survey conditions so far this manatee season: low tides, low temperatures and great air and water visibility.

    Refuge staff expected a record number of manatees in Citrus County, but didn’t anticipate spotting 797. A particular aggregation outside of King’s Bay had more than 200 manatees.  

  • CCSO van in minor wreck

    A sheriff’s inmate-transport van was involved in a minor car accident Wednesday morning at the intersection of County Roads 486 and 491.

    According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, another vehicle rear-ended the van at about 11 a.m.

    The van was being driven by a deputy and was transporting three inmates, sheriff’s officials said. 

  • Prescribed burn sends smoke signals
  • Fundraiser features history of bridal gowns

    Satin, lace, silk, taffeta, long trains, high collars, low necklines — and even miniskirts. 

    Bridal gown styles throughout the decades have continued to evolve as brides continue to evolve.