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  • Season for spooky fun

    What’s Halloween without ghouls and free-roaming zombies, a boogeymen under the bed, killers with chainsaws and a cannibal or two?

    This weekend and continuing through Oct. 31, there are plenty of opportunities to be scared out of your socks.

  • Authorities bust pot smuggling operation

    A Citrus County resident was arrested Wednesday following the conclusion of three search warrants executed by county, state and federal authorities attempting to end an illegal marijuana mailing service from California to Florida.

    Bree Ann Benson, 20, of Dunnellon, was taken into federal custody Wednesday on criminal complaint charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and structuring conspiracy.

  • GOP endorses candidate in nonpartisan race

    A mail piece from the Citrus County Republican Party shows support for two Republicans in local races.

    Nothing unusual about that — except one of the candidates, Robert Milan, is in the nonpartisan mosquito control board race and two of his three opponents are also Republican.

  • Cooter Fest is back

    INVERNESS — What started as a small-town festival celebrating the humble river turtle has turned into a full-on, multi-day, multi-event extravaganza.

    The 11th annual Great American Cooter Fest’s main events begin today in downtown Inverness and continue through Sunday.

  • Business finds new home

    INVERNESS — Country at Home has left the building, but not the city.

    The longtime country gift store owned by Betsy Moody recently moved from its Main Street location into a storefront next to the Hen House on Tompkins Street in the plaza behind the Inverness Government Center.

  • COURT DIGEST: Murder suspect makes court appearance

    Crystal Ann Austin, who is charged with attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon, made a brief court appearance Thursday.

    Austin, 37, was arrested in June after allegedly stabbing a Sugarmill Woods man in the back with a large kitchen knife, According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, the stabbing occurred during an argument. The victim then barricaded himself in a bathroom and waited for help to arrived. However, Austin reportedly continued to stab at the bathroom door, threatening the victim.

  • Man charged with possessing weapons as a convicted felon

    Preliminary and detention hearings were held Thursday afternoon in federal court for Michael Paul Watkins after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) collected and processed all illegally obtained weaponry and explosives found in Watkins’ Citrus Springs’ residence.

    The court found after the preliminary hearing through testimony of ATF Special Agent Yannick Deslauriers that there was enough probable cause to believe Watkins committed the two allegations made against him.

  • County commission schedule changes

    Due to holidays observed in November and December, the Citrus County Commission’s regularly scheduled meetings will not be held on the typical second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. 

    The commission-approved meeting schedule is as follows:

    * Tuesday Nov. 4;

    * Tuesday, Nov. 18;

    * Tuesday, Dec. 2; and

  • Adopt-a-Tree set for December 12

    Citrus County Parks and Recreation Department will have the third annual Adopt-a-Tree program on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Central Ridge Community Center, 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills. 

    Tree decorating will be from 2 to 5 p.m., with judging to start promptly at 5:15 p.m. 

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