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  • Phony bomb threat raises regional alarm

    A false bomb threat to the Citrus County Courthouse which caused an evacuation Thursday afternoon also targeted other locations.

    According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, the threat was emailed to News Channel 8 in Tampa, threatening the local courthouse, Hernando County’s courthouse in Brooksville, Tampa International Airport and Clearwater Airport.

    The email was then forwarded to law enforcement agencies in those communities.

  • Two injured in crash involving Citrus deputy

    Two riders on a motorcycle were injured Thursday afternoon after colliding with a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office K-9 patrol car near the intersection of East Dawson Drive and Savary Avenue in the Inverness area.

    The deputy and K-9 were not injured.

    According to the sheriff’s office preliminary reports, the deputy was turning on a side street when the motorcycle was coming over a hill and then collided with the side of the deputy’s car.

  • Authorities arrest man in alleged rape case

    A man sought by Citrus County sheriff’s deputies for allegedly raping a 56-year-old woman on Saturday was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual battery.

    Deputies met the woman Saturday night in the rear parking lot of Brannen Bank off U.S. 19 in Crystal River. She had reportedly been hiding, naked, in a nearby Dumpster after being sexually assaulted. The suspect was later identified as James John Perkins, according to an arrest report.

  • Dr. John Grace: Finding humanity in the art of healing

    Ed Youngblood

    Special to the Chronicle

    Dr. John Grace stares off, as if in deep thought, and says, “You know, I can read the first sentence of Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ and learn so much about the man and what his story is about. Just a few words on the human level give me understanding and pull me into the story.”

    He pauses.

  • Earth Day education

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Dozens of third-graders marked Earth Day with a field trip to King’s Bay, where they learned about their roles as good stewards of the environment, picked up litter and got a little present for the road.

  • Youth orchestra plays first recital

    The Citrus Youth Orchestra will present its first recital at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1100 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness. The public is invited. 

  • Nature Coast EMS opens new logistics building

    LECANTO — Rain Thursday morning did not stop those in attendance from celebrating the Nature Coast EMS ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 9,800-square-foot logistics and maintenance building.

    Ground-breaking for the $600,000-plus construction project was in late August 2014 at the site right across the street from the existing Nature Coast EMS headquarters, on the corner of West Homosassa Trail and West Country Drive.

  • U.S. 19 bike trail closer to reality

    BROOKSVILLE — A multipurpose bicycle and pedestrian trail along a congested stretch of busy U.S. 19 in Homosassa continues to inch closer to reality.

    The Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC) to the Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on Wednesday tweaked the project somewhat by extending the length of the trail another 2 miles and placing it second instead of first in a priority ranking to be sent to the state.

  • Boiling water notice rescinded in Inverness

    INVERNESS – The boil-water notice issued for parts of Inverness due to a water main break Sunday on South Apopka Avenue has been rescinded.

    The results of a second bacteriological test were negative and confirms the water is safe for consumption.

    The break occurred on South Apopka Avenue and Daffodil Street and interrupted service to an estimated 50 Inverness Highlands residents.

  • Ribs, music highlight weekend festival

    Those who specialize in barbecuing ribs will come from all over the country to Crystal River this weekend. 

    Friday through Sunday, the RibJam will take place on the grounds of the Crystal River Mall. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.