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  • Friends, family gather to honor life of slain Inglis man Walter ‘Buzz’ Terhune

    More than 100 people packed under a pavilion at the South Levy ballpark in Inglis on Thursday to pay their respects to a man killed looking out for the welfare of their community.

  • Fire committee looks at budgets

    LECANTO — The issues facing fire protection in Citrus County were front and center Thursday morning during the inaugural meeting of the county’s fire services committee.

    Commissioner Scott Carnahan, who proposed the committee and chairs it, said he believes the committee will find solutions, including developing a program to recruit and keep volunteer firefighters and finding a way to pay for fire-protection services.

  • For fundraising success, students get dream reward

    Lecanto Primary School Principal Vicki Lofton was probably wishing cooler weekend temperatures had stuck around another day.

    On Thursday, Lofton spent a good part of her day outside — duct-taped to a column in one of her school’s breezeways.

    Lofton was a good sport about the stunt, encouraging her students and at one point saying, “Yes, tape me to the wall!” 

  • In Citrus, small percentage of jobless get checks

    Only 9.5 percent of jobless workers in the region are receiving unemployment benefits.

    While the region of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties had an estimated 13,120 people out of work in August, just 1,254 were receiving unemployment checks as of late September.

    Marion County led the region in percentage of unemployment benefits, now known as re-employment assistance (RA).

  • Books, by the box

    It’s that time of year again.

    The time has come to stock up on books at the Friends of the Citrus County Library System (FOCCLS) Fall Mega Book Sale. 

    During the next five days, visitors to the Citrus County Auditorium can find bargains on books, games, DVDs and more. 

  • SECO, electricians ink labor deal

    Sumter Electric Cooperative, known as SECO Energy, has reached a new labor agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 108.

    The new contract was ratified by the local Sept. 25 and approved by the SECO Board of Trustees on Sept. 28. The agreement is effective Oct. 1, 2015, through Oct. 1, 2020.

  • County briefs 10/9/15

    Nuts, trail mix recalled

    Texas Star Nut and Food Co. Inc. has announced a voluntarily recall on 6-ounce packages of Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts 6oz and 8-ounch packages of Southern Grove Simply Raw Trail with the following lot codes because of a possible health risk:

    Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts: 35897001, 36157001, 37777001.

    Southern Grove Simply Raw Trail Mix: 36242004, 37534004, 37409004, 38177004.

  • Chronicle’s Diva Night set for Saturday in Crystal River

    The women of Citrus County are invited to relax, unwind and celebrate all that makes them unique and beautiful Saturday at Diva Night 2015.

    For those with VIP tickets, doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the best shopping experience. For general admission tickets, entry begins at 6 p.m. Diva Night will be at Plantation on Crystal River until 9 p.m.

  • High-octane Blue Jays set to swing away vs Rangers

    TORONTO — For some pitchers trying to stop Josh Donaldson and the rest of the powerful Toronto Blue Jays, it’s enough to take their breath away.

    “You can’t let up,” Texas Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson said a day ahead of Today’s AL Division Series opener. “There’s no 

  • CMH confirms layoffs

    INVERNESS — A round of layoffs is imminent at Citrus Memorial Hospital, but the exact number is not yet known, according to hospital spokeswoman Katie Myers.

    Myers said she expects the number to be low, possibly around five. The hospital is trying, she said, to find jobs for fired employees at other facilities in the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) system.