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  • Crystal River officials pleased with county funding for Riverwalk

    Crustal River officials were pleased in knowing top city projects got the attention of county commissioners.

  • Inverness man found guilty in shooting

    Marshall Smith Sr. was found guilty on a single felony charge for his role in a 2013 Inverness shootout that left him seriously injured.

    On Wednesday a jury found Smith Sr., 54, of Inverness, guilty of shooting at or into a dwelling. He was not found guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm.

  • Workers prepare for strawberry fest

    It’ll be a Chamber of Commerce weekend in Floral City this weekend — literally, as the Citrus County Chamber hosts the 28th annual Floral City Strawberry Festival in Floral Park.

    The festival — featuring pageants, live entertainment, an abundance of arts and crafts, exhibits, fun for kids and a dizzying array of foods — runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Birth, death certificates available at more locations

    Obtaining a birth or death certificate is now more convenient in Citrus County.

    The state Department of Health’s Citrus County office is adding a vital statistics office to its Inverness clinic, located at 120 N. Montgomery Ave. 

    The agency also is partnering with the Citrus County Tax Collectors Office to offer birth certificates at its Inverness and Crystal River offices.

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  • Officials give proposed U.S. 19 trail top ranking

    LECANTO — The possibility of a multi-use trail along U.S. 19 from U.S. 98 to West Cardinal Street moved closer to reality Wednesday after transportation officials ranked it No. 1 out of 41 proposed projects.

  • Tussle with police, pot and pills land father in jail

    A Homosassa man is accused of giving a deputy a black eye, and it took five additional deputies to finally subdue the combative man.

    Besides facing charges of resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer, Christopher Porcelli, 31, also faces drug charges including possession of a controlled substance (pills). His bond is $20,000.

  • Inverness man charged with animal cruelty

    An Inverness man is facing a felony animal cruelty charge after reportedly admitting to beating his dog as punishment for going to the bathroom inside his house.

    Kanin Robert Grant, 28, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on cruelty charges for causing pain and suffering of an animal.

  • Search warrant leads to meth arrests

    A search of a house in the Homosassa area resulted in the arrest of three people on various drug charges.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team members executing a search warrant in the early morning hours on Wednesday at 4109 S. Skylark Terrace detained three people while questioning them about the warrant.

    According to the arrest reports, Bamela Roddenberry, 39, was found inside a shed next to the house with a child.

  • Ebola challenges up for discussion

    A panel discussion addressing concerns about the deadly Ebola virus is slated for 12:30 to 2 p.m., March 5, at College of Central Florida’s Ocala campus in Room 107 Ewers Century Center.

    An informal meet-and-greet will follow in Room 101 from 2  to 2:45 pm.