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  • Then and now: Square space

    Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional “Then and Now” series spotlighting historic buildings around Citrus County, what they were originally and what they are used for now.

    INVERNESS - Today, 110 W. Main St. in Inverness is a place where you can get a plate of catfish, cole slaw and hush puppies. 

  • Monday Conversation: Diana Finegan

    INVERNESS — The typical victim of domestic violence is young and she is old, educated and non-educated, poor, middle class and wealthy.

    In other words, there is no typical woman who ends up at a domestic violence shelter such as CASA, the Citrus Abuse Shelter Association.

    According to Diana Finegan, CASA executive director, one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence some time in her life. 

  • Putting Citrus front and center

    The business of tourism in Citrus County has been on a blitzkrieg of sorts recently — all manner of strategies and efforts are under way to sell tourists on the hidden ecological and sparkling gem that is this county.

    And, the reward, officials hope, is hordes of outsiders trudging through with their pocketbooks open to peek or swim with manatees, go fishing, scalloping or go spelunk underwater. Better yet, go bike or walk the moss-draped, oak-canopied trails of the county.

  • Making a name

    INVERNESS — Students at Withlacoochee Technical Institute are now in college.

    As of Tuesday night’s Citrus County School Board meeting, WTI shall now be called Withlacoochee Technical College.

    Denise Willis, director of WTC, and approximately 50 students, instructors and citizens crowded the district board room seeking approval to change the name of their institution.

  • Indomitable spirit

    BEVERLY HILLS — Hope never left Ray Albro’s mind during one of his most troubling times.

    It was hope that kept him volunteering at the Beverly Hills Surveillance Unit after he recovered from the amputation of his right and last remaining leg as a result of diabetic complications.

  • From clean water nemesis to fertilizer

    Collected Lyngbya from King’s Bay, Crystal River, is transported to a drying field off of Southeast Eighth Avenue next to Jim LeGrove Memorial Park before being moved to the Path Homeless Shelter as fertilizer in their organic gardens to provide food to the homeless community.

    This Lyngbya recycling process has been coordinated for over a year by Save Crystal River, Kings Bay Rotary Club, Path Homeless Shelter and FDS to reuse over four years of collected Lyngbya from clean-ups in King’s Bay.

  • WTI to WTC: What’s in the name change?

    For old-timers, Withlacoochee Vocational Technical School or Withlacoochee Technical Institute may still roll off of the tongue.

    But now you are going to have to catch yourself and replace these names with Withlacoochee Technical College when referring to the career and technical institution in Inverness.

    With a unanimous vote Tuesday, Citrus County School Board changed the name of the technical center to Withlacoochee Technical College.

  • County briefs 10/20/14

    ­Group to discuss constitutional issues

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State-Nature Coast Chapter will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road, Inverness.

    The public is welcome to join in the discussion about constitutional issues pertaining to separation of church and state. 

  • For the Record 10/20/14

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office


     A residential burglary was reported at 3:17 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the 5400 block of S. Loni Point, Homosassa.

     A vehicle burglary was reported at 4:46 p.m. Oct. 15 in the 3200 block of E. Crown Drive, Inverness.


  • A primer on the race for mosquito control

    Editor’s note: This year’s ballot includes the three-position race for Citrus County mosquito control board. Mosquito control board members set policy and a tax millage to operate the mosquito control district, which was created by an act of the Legislature. The position is nonpartisan and pays $4,800 a year. There are two incumbents: Albert Jordan and Bob Milan; Jordan, however, is seeking re-election to a different seat.