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  • Dawsy endorses Prendergast for sheriff

    Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy took to Facebook on Wednesday night to announce his support for former Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Director Michael Prendergast.

    Dawsy said he made the announcement after receiving a mail piece from Republican candidate Chuck Kanehl that included a photo of Dawsy at Kanehl’s retirement party.

  • Crash kills woman, injures five others

    Several people were injured and one is dead following a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in the Lecanto area.

    At 8:23 a.m., driver 53-year-old Christine Guntert, of Weeki Wachee, and her passengers Michael Abel, 60, of Weeki Wachee, and Laura Kurutz, 64, of Homosassa, were traveling east in a black 2008 Nissan Frontier pickup truck on County Road 480 approaching the intersection with County Road 491, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Report: Spurned stripper was deputy’s downfall

    More details were released Wednesday about the former Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested in Hernando County on a prostitution charge.

    According to reports from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Robert John Grange was charged July 20 alongside business associate Dominic N. Spazioso. Warrants were issued for the men after allegations made by a stripper regarding their escapades July 5 inside a Spring Hill amusement park.

  • Obama boosts Hillary Clinton

    PHILADELPHIA — His own legacy on the line, President Barack Obama implored Americans to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House, casting her as a candidate who believes in the nation’s future and warning against the pessimism of Republican Donald Trump.

    “America is already great. America is already strong,” he declared to cheering delegates Wednesday night at the Democratic convention. “And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump.”

  • SCR gets approval to keep cleaning

    Save Crystal River has been given the green light to continue cleaning up King’s Bay.

    Permits to vacuum out invasive algae and other muck covering the bottom in and around Hunters Cove were approved Tuesday by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    Save Crystal River President Lisa Moore called the agencies’ consent another step in the right direction in restoring water quality in Crystal River.

  • Police searching for missing teen

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a runaway teenage girl.

    Kelsey Ann Tallman, 16, was reported missing July 15. She was last seen July 12 at her home in Lecanto, and is thought to be in the Spring Hill area, according to the sheriff’s office.

    There is also a juvenile court order from Hernando County to take her into custody.

  • Veterans reflect on an uneasy peace
  • COURT DIGEST: Change-of-plea date set in attempted murder case


    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Judge Richard “Ric” Howard and attorneys on Wednesday attempted to wrap up the case of a Beverly Hills man accused of attempted murder with a firearm.

  • Commission backs cut in tax rate

    INVERNESS — Property taxes to fund county government will generally stay the same or be reduced following action Tuesday morning by Citrus County commissioners.

    The board set the tentative tax rate at 8.3297 mills, a 1.6 percent decrease from the current year. The amount set is the “rollback” — meaning the rate that would bring in the same amount of money from property taxes as this year.

  • Board OKs ombudsman to help with permitting

    INVERNESS — Big-box stores and chain restaurants have no difficulty navigating Citrus County’s permitting process.

    But for the little gal or guy taking a first effort at business, permitting can be a nightmare.

    With that in mind, county commissioners support the addition in the 2016-17 budget of an economic ombudsman, someone who can help small-business owners meander through permitting for their new store, restaurant or office.