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  • His stamp on photography

    A retired Citrus Hills resident got two big surprises in the past several months — one of them a rare feat for an amateur photographer — one of his photos was selected as one of the postal service’s Forever stamps.

  • 22-year-old allegedly choked, struck infant

    A Beverly Hills man was charged Thursday with child abuse after being accused of striking and choking a 3-month-old.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office authorities on Thursday responded to a home in Beverly Hills, where a witness told them how 22-year-old Skyler Bennett injured the infant, according to Bennett’s arrest report.

  • Weekly Roundup: In conclusion

    TALLAHASSEE — Several things seemed to be winding down in Florida government this week.

    At the Capitol, two of the highest-ranking Republicans in the state finally managed to resolve their differences over a hiring decision. Neither man walked away with a complete victory, but that didn’t mean that it didn’t further the idea that one of the participants — Gov. Rick Scott — was losing a little bit of his pull.

  • Pillars of business


    2016 Chamber Pillar Awards winners

  • Check scams on rise in county

    Authorities want to warn residents about fraudulent cashier checks after seeing an uptick of the scams in Citrus County.

    “We’ve got a few that have been going on lately,” Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detective Lee Carey said. “We’re hoping that if we educate the public about these types of frauds, we can reduce the number of victims.”

    Carey has been handling cases of falsified cashier checks for two years, and is now working on five cases.

  • Man accused of forcing self on teen

    A 31-year-old Inverness man faces false-imprisonment and sex charges after being accused of gagging a teenage girl while abusing her.

    Richard Leroy Connolly’s alleged victim told a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detective on Feb. 21 that Connolly had sex with her while he covered her mouth with his shirt, according to Connolly’s arrest report.

  • County’s top scholars honored

    Several of the best and brightest graduating seniors were rewarded Thursday at the annual Golden Citrus Scholar Awards for their immeasurable hours of studying, unflinching dedication to their classes and selfless service to their communities.

    Citrus County Education Foundation Executive Director Stephen Barbieri and district Superintendent Sandra “Sam” Himmel welcomed with warm words the students, their parents and their teachers at the College of Central Florida’s Lecanto campus.

  • ‘Kate’ gets her day at Valerie

    A mournful woman with long, dark hair wearing a white bridal gown stood at a gravestone in Hills of Rest Cemetery in Floral City a few years ago. Camera crews surrounded her as she knelt at the grave site, buried a ring and walked quickly toward the woods. As she approached a nearby lake, a boat filled with cameramen pointed their equipment toward her and captured the moment she jumped into the water from a pier. 

  • YMCA dream comes to fruition

    Dreams do come true.

    A group of Citrus County residents had this dream in the late 1980s. Many, who had grown up under the influence of a YMCA, wanted one in their community.

    They started a fundraising drive, but it didn’t stick. Blame it on the economy, or the fact that Citrus at that time just didn’t have enough families to get behind such an endeavor.

    Their dream slept, but it endured.

  • Local briefs 4/29/2016

    Heathcock gets sentencing date

    A former Citrus County Commission candidate and local businessman convicted of trying to have sex with an unconscious employee will be sentenced in May. 

    Shannon Dain Heathcock, of Inverness, has a sentencing hearing set for 10 a.m. on May 23 in Courtroom B of the Citrus County Courthouse, according to court records.