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  • Young arm of the law

    Hard work does pay off.

    At just 20 years old, Robyn Crawford breathed a big sigh of relief when sworn in as an attorney on Sept. 24 of last year.

    “I finally was able to get on with my career,” Crawford said, recalling the day. “It’s been a lot of long nights.”

  • As manatees come, so do crowds

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River has found itself at the sweet confluence of herds of manatees, curious visitors and global media fascination.

    Lines of visitors snaked along and sometimes behind the Citrus County Welcome Center on U.S. 19 on Thursday to board trolleys and small buses bound for the boardwalk at Three Sisters Springs to observe the hundreds of manatees that have been massing at the popular destination all week. 

  • No hiding for Lyngbya

    Movers and shakers in the effort to rid the waters of King’s Bay of invasive muck have seen their next targets.

    Surveyors with Riegl USA presented results of the first aerial mapping of the bay’s underwater topography and vegetation density Thursday to members of Save Crystal River as well as government and wildlife officials at Plantation on Crystal River.

  • Sheriff's office seeks possible sex battery victims

    A 60-year-old Dunnellon area man was charged with sexual battery on a victim less than 18 years of age last Friday, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

    In March 2015, the teenage victim was at Charles Elder’s former residence in Dunnellon helping Elder repair a laptop computer. During the visit, Elder allegedly provided marijuana to the juvenile. The juvenile did not have a ride home and spent the night at Elder’s residence.

  • Local briefs 2/12/2016

    Meals On Wheels in need of drivers

    Citrus County’s Meals On Wheels Program is looking for volunteer drivers to ensure meals are provided for homebound seniors in Citrus County. Volunteers deliver meals throughout the County around lunchtime Monday through Friday. Volunteers are needed who are willing to give approximately 2 hours of their time, one day a week, to deliver meals to seniors.

  • For the record 2-12

    Domestic battery arrests

    • Megan Quigley, 40, of Dunnellon, at 11:57 p.m. Feb. 10 on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. 
    • Michael Herold, 31, of Crystal River, at 12:37 a.m. Feb. 11 on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery and a felony charge of hindering or delaying communication to law enforcement.

    Other arrests

  • Catholics celebrate the start of Lent
  • Former member seeks to rejoin school board

    Bill Murray is looking to reclaim a seat with the Citrus County school board, in hopes of playing a role in K-12 decision making.

    Murray, a former school board member from 2004 to 2012, initially listed himself as a candidate to fill the district four void upon Sandy Balfour’s departure.

    Once it became apparent Gov. Rick Scott would not appoint another board member prior to the 2016 election, Murray, 74, took the next step in the process to assume the seat.

  • Fire destroys Homosassa home

    A home in Homosassa was considered a total loss after being damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Fire Rescue crews were dispatched at 4:24 p.m. to 4118 S. Kindness Terrace, a fire incident report stated.

    Firefighters from Station 3 in Homosassa arrived first at 4:34 p.m., finding a single-story home with heavy flames and smoke showing.

  • Truck accident claims Homosassa man's life

    A Homosassa man was killed Wednesday morning after being struck by his own truck.

    At about 12:23 a.m., 69-year-old Bernard White was driving a 2006 Chevrolet truck south on South Corbett Avenue north of West Justice Court near Homosassa, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    White exited his truck, which was still in gear. The truck began to travel in reverse and struck White, who was pronounced dead at the scene.