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  • CMHS handover almost finished

    The countdown continues with no barriers in sight for today’s expected closing of the Citrus Memorial Health System lease with Hospital Corporation of America.

    Attorneys for the Citrus County Hospital Board and Citrus Memorial Health Foundation said the closing will occur today once HCA releases funds to a variety of bank accounts to pay off hospital debt, employee pensions, and a trust that eventually will be released to a community foundation.

  • Court date set for Levy nuke plant lawsuit

    The legal battle between Duke Energy Florida and Westinghouse Electric over costs related to the Levy County nuclear project is scheduled for a jury trial in early 2016.

    Duke sued Westinghouse for $54.1 million and Westinghouse responded with a lawsuit of its own for $512 million.

    Subsequently, both parties filed a joint motion to consolidate the cases, which was granted in August by U.S. Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer.

  • Conservation measures up for vote

    GAINESVILLE — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.

    Pollsters say it’s one of the few places on Tuesday’s ballots where voters of all kinds can find common ground.

    The most money at stake is in Florida, California and New Jersey.

  • 100 Halloween birthdays

    CRYSTAL RIVER — As the story goes, on Halloween night in 1914, it wasn’t a stork that brought a baby girl to Robert and Annie West Lane in Cedartown, Georgia, but Halloween witches.

    That’s what Hilda Gray, who turns 100 today, always told her grandchildren.

  • Centers want women to choose life

    Last year, 1,021 babies were born in Citrus County. 

    Twenty-six of those were destined to be aborted until their mothers changed their minds, according to Life Choice Care Center, a faith-based crisis pregnancy ministry in Citrus County.

    However, based on the statistics that 1 in 4 pregnancies in Florida end in abortion, more than 250 babies were not brought into the world.

  • Halloween happenings

    Halloween night conjures goblins, ghouls and zombies, and Citrus County promises not to disappoint. Here are some holiday options.

    Mall-O-Ween returns for families

  • String of crashes across county leave one dead, several injured

    Citrus County sheriff’s and Florida Highway Patrol officials worked a series of traffic accidents on Wednesday.

    * Citrus County Sheriff’s Fire Rescue personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to remove the driver’s side door of a vehicle after Inverness driver Mark Bowser became trapped as a result of a two-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning at the intersection of North Citrus Springs Boulevard and U.S. 41 in Citrus Springs. 

  • Dog trains to detect diabetes

    When Terry Hanson first saw Cocoa at Howard’s Flea Market, she was attracted to the Maltese/Shih tzu’s coloring, a cocoa brown.

    She liked the way the 2-month-old “dust mop” puppy stood. Her dog, a lhasa apso, had died several months earlier from diabetes, and she was looking for another dog.

    Hanson has diabetes, too.

  • Buy a brick, preserve a memory

    North Citrus Avenue in Crystal River will be getting a makeover of memories with help from the city’s Buy-A-Brick project.

    Crystal River is seeking interested parties wanting a lasting memory to be a part of the city’s beautification project on North Citrus Avenue, between Northwest Seventh Street and U.S. 19, by ordering an engraved brick that will make up a walkway.

  • Art, seafood highlight the weekend

    The annual Festival of the Arts returns to downtown Inverness this weekend, and its one of those community events you don’t want to miss.

    From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Courthouse Square will be home to the 43rd annual event.

    The outdoor, juried show will feature fine arts and craft vendors as well as offer a variety of food and refreshments. There’s no charge for admission.