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  • County looking for international attention

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The international spotlight shined on Citrus County on Wednesday when German film crew members documented their outdoor exploits to attract vacationers from overseas.

    “It’s quite simple, if you’re from Germany and you come to Florida, this is heaven,” German film host Heiko 

  • Sparse turnout backs sales tax

    INVERNESS — The good news for the county is 100 percent of the people who attended Wednesday’s town hall meeting are strongly in favor of the sales tax referendum to resurface neighborhood roads.

    The bad news? Only three people showed up.

    County staffers had a two-to-one edge on attendees for the county’s first town hall meeting to explain the Nov. 4 referendum, which would bump the sales tax by 1 percent to pay for 20 years of resurfacing county-owned local roads.

  • Floral City bypass knocked out

    BROOKSVILLE — The proposed study regarding a road bypass around Floral City officially has been killed off.

    “I thought for all practical purposes that this matter was dead some time ago, and yet it continues to rear its ugly head,” said Inverness City Council member Cabot McBride, speaking Tuesday at the board meeting of the Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of which he is a member.

  • City eyes office space beside Valerie Theater

    INVERNESS — The Valerie Theatre project may end up involving more than just the old theater.

    City Manager Frank DiGiovanni and attorney Michael Mountjoy are discussing the city buying the Bradshaw & Mountjoy law office on the Courthouse Square, right next to where the now shell of the old Valerie Theatre sits.

    Mountjoy said he and DiGiovanni recently mutually discussed the idea.

  • SECO announces cost-saving measures

    The Sumter Electric Cooperative (SECO) is passing along a rate reduction plus savings on the cost of purchased power to its members. 

    The cooperative has also announced a record return of $4.2 million in the form of capital credits to its member-customers in November.

    Wednesday, SECO and its board of trustees announced authorization of the three initiatives. The cooperative serves about 15,000 customers in Citrus County.

  • Water district lowers millage

    On Tuesday, the governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District adopted a fiscal year 2014-15 millage rate of 0.3658 mill, 4 percent lower than the current fiscal year. For the owner of a $150,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption, the district tax would be $36.58 a year, or about $3.05 per month. The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015. The total 2014-15 budget is $166.3 million.

  • Weekend to be packed with fun activities

    The Rails to Trails Bike Ride turns 20 this weekend.

    Up to 1,000 riders have participated in this event annually, which raises funds for improvements on the 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail.

  • Man arrested after brief car chase

    A Beverly Hills man was arrested Monday afternoon after leading a Citrus County deputy on a short but dangerous chase through a Beverly Hills neighborhood, resulting in the fleeing car hitting a tree.

  • Annual Bikes and BBQ set for Floral City this weekend

    FLORAL CITY — This Saturday, follow your nose to Floral City for the fourth annual Bikes and BBQ.

    Beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, the entire downtown Floral City area will be filled with live music, lots of food and crafts vendors, a library book sale, bloodmobile and, of course, a barbecue competition.

  • An adventurous route

    Ed Youngblood

    Special to the Chronicle

    In Old Homosassa, there is a century-old house fairly swaddled in greenery — embraced by the elephant ears, bananas, ivy, ginger, bird of paradise, palms and papaya that surround it, and overhung by large sprawling oaks. You might point out that this could describe many houses in Old Homosassa, but how many others have original works of art all over the front yard and porch, peeking through all that greenery?