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  • Millions spent, millions saved

    A multimillion-dollar project to conserve nearly a million gallons of groundwater a day is complete after more than a year of construction and anticipation.

    The Crystal River Reclaimed Water Partnership became operational July 1 when 750,000 to 800,000 gallons of treated wastewater a day began moving from a Crystal River to two of Duke Energy’s coal-fired units at the Crystal River Energy Complex. The water will be used for pollution control at two of the coal-burning plants.

  • Missing woman found in Fort Myers

    An endangered adult who was missing since late June was found Tuesday.

    Ashley Ryan Huebsch, 24, who is in need of medication, was found in Fort Myers after she was reported missing to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on June 29.

  • Dunnellon fire chief to oversee police force

    Dunnellon Fire Chief Joe Campfield has seen his share of changes throughout the city of Dunnellon in his 20-plus years of employment, and not even Campfield envisioned one day he’d oversee both the fire and police department. 

    But that day is now here.

  • Three Sisters comment period ends Friday

    The 30-day comment period for the proposed rules about water access into Three Sisters Springs ends Friday. 

    The draft regulations were unveiled four weeks ago by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • State suspends payments for some hospice patients

    A dispute over a federal audit has led to the suspension of Medicaid payments for about 148 low-income hospice nursing home patients of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast (HOCC).

    The Medicaid payments cover the room and board costs for patients who live in nursing homes but receive hospice services. 

    The money is funneled through the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which described the situation as a criminal investigation.

  • PTSD claim could affect sentencing

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could be a factor in the upcoming sentencing of an Inverness man.

    Robert Everit Johnson, 38, was arrested June 6 on a misdemeanor charge of retail theft, which resulted in a felony violation of probation (VOP) charge.

    He was on drug offender probation for a series of charges from 2009. They included first-degree arson of a dwelling with people present, producing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and child abuse without great harm.

  • Withlacoochee rising, no wake

    State and county officials are asking boaters on the Withlacoochee River to be aware of temporary no-wake zones for two segments of the river. 

    The first segment will be from mile marker 34 to mile marker 35A near East Turner Camp Road, which covers 1.35 miles of the river. The second segment will be from mile marker 38, or East Squire Court, to mile marker 41, or East Shawnee Trail, covering 3.4 miles. The no-wake zones were declared due to high water levels.

  • Man charged with abusing teen

    An Inverness man is facing multiple sexual battery charges after being accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl numerous times for about a year.

    The woman, now an adult, reported the sexual battery on Aug. 26 and 28 to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, accusing Daniel Levi Samson Calder of abusing her over the course of more than a year, Calder’s arrest report states.

  • Suggestion spurs change in plans

    Shifting the Suncoast Parkway trail from the west side of the road to the east is no longer an option, but expanded parking for users seems likely.

  • Homework Diner headed west


    Andrew Caplan

    Staff writer

    United Way is partnering with another middle schools to help students conquer math.

    The nonprofit’s Homework Diner program allows students to receive a hot meal and hands-on tutoring for free, two things a lot of working families struggle to afford their children.