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  • Love of food propels career

    LECANTO — Born in Argentina, raised in Italy until age 13 when she came to Florida with her parents and two brothers, married to a fireman and spent 16 years working for and with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, became an American citizen in 2014 — Shaneena Tremblay is living the American dream.

    Now a mother of two young daughters, Tremblay is currently the dietary manager and chef at Superior Residences assisted living facility in Lecanto.

  • Group expected to protest animal rule

    INVERNESS — Protesters are expected to be present on the Courthouse Square today to let county commissioners know what they think of a proposed rule that would shorten the lives of dogs and cats at the Citrus County Animal Shelter.

    Co-organizer Frank Yuelling, who often speaks to commissioners on behalf of shelter animals, received a city permit to conduct the protest, which is scheduled prior to the county commission’s 1 p.m. meeting.

  • Griff’s owner buys Turner Fish Camp

    INVERNESS — At 57 years old, Willie McClain pondered retirement after closing Griff’s Bar in Inverness.

    But rather than sit around the house, McClain wanted to keep busy. Last month, she announced she bought the Krause Kabinets shop off U.S. 41 North in Inverness and will renovate it with an eye toward opening Griff’s II in about two months.

  • Youth Leadership Citrus graduates
  • Protect against scams

    With schemers using misinformation to prey on potential fraud victims, some organizations are teaming up to educate people on how not to fall for the most recent scams.

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and the Crystal River office of Raymond James Inc. are sponsoring a fraud protection town hall meeting, featuring speakers who deal with questions about fraud on a regular basis.

  • Shred event and identity theft seminar set Saturday

    CITRUS SPRINGS — All it takes is for one thief to get a hold of your Social Security number, credit card or bank account number to ruin your life. 

    And thieves are getting more and more savvy every day. 

    Don’t make it easy for them — shred your personal documents (bank statements, canceled checks, old tax forms, medical records, etc.) instead of throwing them away whole. 

  • Water district plans workshops

    The Southwest Florida Water Management District will have a series of public workshops — including one in Inverness — to gather feedback about the preliminary results of 19 model scenarios for the Withlacoochee River Watershed Initiative. 

    These scenarios were evaluated to better understand how past or future changes may affect the Withlacoochee River and its surrounding watershed.

  • County briefs 4/28/15

    REC meeting set Monday, May 4

    The regular monthly meeting of the Citrus County Republican Executive Committee will be at 7 p.m. Monday, May 4, at the Realtors’ Association Building, 714 S Scarboro Ave., Lecanto. All Republicans are welcome.

    Inverness shuffles workshops schedule

  • Volunteers clean up Lyngbya at Weeki Wachee

    WEEKI WACHEE — The Rotary Clubs of Brooksville and Spring Hill Central began their second year of the One Rake at a Time service project on Saturday afternoon at the Weeki Wachee head springs. Divers from a Wounded Warriors club swam deep down into the main spring where the famous mermaids perform a show at the state park on U.S. 19, about 25 miles south of Crystal River, where the project got its start.

  • Council to look at fire options

    INVERNESS — The Inverness City Council will have the first of two scheduled workshops Tuesday evening to discuss the possibility of forming its own fire department now that the county is pressuring the city to join a taxing unit to help pay for protection.

    City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said during a budget hearing that start-up