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  • New trail, bridge connect counties

    It’s being called “the prettiest three miles of trail in the state.”

    And Grant Chance agrees.

    “I believe it,” he said. “It’s absolutely gorgeous.”

    Chance owns and operates Blue Run Bicycles in Dunnellon and hears quite a bit about the new trail and bridge over the Withlacoochee River connecting Citrus and Marion counties.

  • Project to close the gap

    INVERNESS — Trail riders, volunteers and supporters turned out by the dozens at the most recent county commission meeting to support the Withlacoochee State-Dunnellon Trail Connector.

    Their attendance emphasized how important the connector is to the trail, to the economy and to linking the Citrus and Marion counties together, said County Administrator Brad Thorpe at the April 8 meeting of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

  • Child’s murder ‘inconceivable’

    INVERNESS — During a news conference Friday at the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Brad Smith of the Major Crimes section called the act of killing a child — and then going back to playing video games — “inconceivable.”

    On Thursday, Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, of Homosassa, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder in the death of his 1-year-old son, Daymeon Wygant.

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    The Florida Park Service has contracted with a private firm to seek corporate sponsors on major state trails, including the Withlacoochee State Trail.

    Combined, the seven trails — Blackwater River Heritage Trail, Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, Nature Coast State Trail, Withlacoochee State Trail, the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage State Trail, General James A. Van Fleet State Trail and the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail — attracted 2.74 million visitors in 2013.

  • Slight drop in unemployment rate

    State job figures released Friday show Citrus County’s estimated unemployment rate for March was 7.8 percent.

    The figure is down 0.1 percent from February and down 0.7 percent from March 2013.

    According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the March number represents 4,230 residents out of work with 50,240 holding jobs.

    The county’s estimated total labor force for March was 54,470, an increase of 3,439 over the previous month.

  • Annual golf classic supports education

    HOMOSASSA — Enduring a good-natured golf competition only promises opportunities for Citrus County students.

    The Citrus County Education Foundation and the Citrus County School District invite golfers of all skill levels to join them at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the 16th annual Superintendent’s Golf Classic at the Sugarmill Woods Golf Club, 1 Douglas St., Homosassa.

  • Guided tour set of recycling facilities in Citrus County

    Did you know that plastic bags can be recycled into fences, decks and shopping carts; or, that 60 percent of paper recycled in the U.S. is made into products like cereal boxes, tissues, and file folders? 

    No? You are invited to come learn more by participating in a guided tour of the recycling facilities in the Citrus County from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day by discovering how recycling helps conserve natural resources and reduce waste.

  • County briefs 4/19/14

    ­N. Suncoast GOP meeting canceled

    Due to Easter weekend, the North Suncoast Republican Club will not meet today.  

    The regular meeting on the third Saturday of each month will resume May 17 at the Sugarmill Country Club, Homosassa. 

    A forum for Citrus County Commission candidates for District 2 will be on the program.

  • Restaurant supports charity

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill is sporting a brand new look but the apple of its eye is charity.

    The local eatery reopened Thursday after receiving a remodeling face-lift to rejuvenate the restaurant’s feel.

    But before the first entrée was served, a $1,000 check was handed off to Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County’s board president Chad Halleen.

  • Tai Chi for the mind and body

    Editor’s note: This is National Library Week. Our local Citrus County Library System offers so much more than just books. Each day this week we are telling you about one of the many great things you can do at the library.

    Fluid movements, gentle, flowing postures. 

    With roots in Chinese meditation and medicine, the martial art of Tai Chi and its slow, deliberate moves focus the mind and challenge the body.