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  • Florida’s budget, new laws begin July 1

    TALLAHASSEE — Starting Friday, clergy who don’t want to marry same-sex couples will have state backing for their beliefs, high school students will have more choice over where they play sports or study, and local governments won’t be able to regulate the use of Styrofoam containers.

    Those are among the 159 new laws that will go into effect in Florida on July 1.

  • No charges filed in handgun at school incident

    A Crystal River man will not be charged for having a gun on school property in February before it fell out of his shorts and was accidentally fired into the ground while children were going to a before-school daycare.

    Assistant State Attorney Julia Metts declined to charge Roy Joseph Caffera, whose handgun fell out of his shorts on the morning of Feb. 17 at Rock Crusher Elementary School, while he dropped off his stepdaughter at the YMCA Before Care program. 

  • Head Start gets new umbrella agency

    Beginning July 1, Episcopal Children’s Services (ECS) will take over the administration of Head Start and related programs from Childhood Development Services (CDS).

    For 50 years, the Jacksonville-based nonprofit agency has served children and families in Florida, including Head Start in Nassau, Clay, Baker, Bradford and Union counties since 1996.

  • Therapeutic pen

    Elisha Neubauer

    Correspondent

    Local author Emily Antonen has always wanted to be a writer. 

  • Man accused of beating woman, endangering children

    A Dunnellon man is in jail and facing a slew of charges after being accused of striking his girlfriend and taking three children along as he fled deputies in Marion and Citrus counties.

    At about 7:22 p.m. on Sunday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call from a woman who said the girlfriend of Carl William Duey had showed up at her house bleeding, according to Duey’s arrest report.

  • Morning gunshots lead to teen's arrest

    A Crystal River teen was arrested and accused of firing several gunshots early Tuesday morning in a Crystal River neighborhood after he was found with a handgun in his backpack.

    At about 6 a.m., Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Rick Papineau’s house on North Griffith Avenue, where Papineau said he heard six shots fired in the street. 

  • Survival to success

    Haley Campbell remembers stepping off her first plane 10 years ago.

    It was December in America.

    “I remember twinkling lights, the images of Santa Claus, and I thought that was normal America,” she said. “I asked my family, ‘Is this what it’s like all the time?’”

  • Clerk set to close Meadowcrest office

    INVERNESS — Clerk of Courts Angela Vick announced Tuesday she will close the West Citrus Government Center satellite office in October, saying most services are available online and the move would save $200,000.

    Vick, in a letter to county commissioners, said cuts in state funding combined with a drop in customers led to her decision.

  • Board backs anti-tethering rule

    INVERNESS — Every dog has its day — and Tuesday was a good one.

    Citrus County commissioners unanimously agreed at their regular meeting Tuesday to consider an ordinance that would outlaw the unattended tethering of dogs.

    Supporters of the ordinance packed the commission chambers to say tethering is unhealthy for dogs, makes them territorial and unfriendly, and could be dangerous for small children who wander within the dog’s reach.

  • Signed, peeled, delivered