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  • Monday Conversation: Bob Graham

    Former Florida governor and U.S. senator Bob Graham has remained a popular political fixture in state politics for nearly five decades.

    However, since retiring from the Senate in 2005, Graham has remained engaged in public service, working on national and international issues and at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida, his alma mater.

  • HCA deal means hospital name stays the same

    Hospital Corporation of America may be just two months away from taking the reins at Citrus Memorial hospital.

    Both the Citrus County Hospital Board and Citrus Memorial Health Foundation have signed off tentatively on a master agreement with HCA.

    HCA on Friday sent an application to change oversight at Citrus Memorial to the Agency for Health Care Administration. AHCA has 60 days to review the application.

  • Hip to be on the Square

    Inverness was rocking to the music of Come Back Alice last night at the Old Courthouse.

    The Rock the Courthouse festivities included music, food, drink and kids’ activities. Proceeds from the fest benefit the Citrus County Historical Society.

    Several hundred people attended the festival.

  • County briefs 8/31/14

    Labor Day closings announced

    The following business and government offices will be closed or have changes to their schedules due to the Labor Day holiday:

    + Citrus County government offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. 

    The county landfill will be closed on Labor Day and will return to normal business hours on Tuesday. 

  • Smith: Study FC bypass now

    INVERNESS — State Rep. Jimmie T. Smith sees growth and commerce coming to Citrus County, and he wants state roads prepared.

    Smith isn’t talking about U.S. 19, which carries the heaviest traffic in the county.

    And he isn’t speaking of U.S. 41 north of Inverness, where residents, businesses, motorists and local officials are clamoring for widening of the two-lane road that the state Department of Transportation doesn’t see as a priority.

  • Congressman Nugent seeking veterans’ input

    With more than 20,000 veterans in Citrus County and 111,000 in Congressional District 11, U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent, R-Brooksville, hopes to hear from them all, or at least as many as will write, call or email him their opinions, comments and/or suggestions about local Veterans Affairs (VA) medical services.

  • Long legacy of the law

    One of the more wide-reaching and disturbing chapters in Citrus County’s history occurred a little over 40 years ago on a secluded side road off U.S. 19 near the Levy County line. The story stretches from Oklahoma to Miami and back to Citrus County. Florida’s Legislature and Supreme Court are involved and so is the Federal District Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The current governor of Massachusetts even had a role in the outcome. Lives were lost, humble men became reluctant heroes and historical legal precedents were set.

  • Citrus volunteer honored
  • Do one thing: Create a ‘living shoreline’

    Those of us living on the water have a special challenge. Not only should we watch our use of nitrates and pesticides like everyone else, but we also have charge of a small stretch of waterfront that needs special attention.

    Currently, the planned development of Hunter Springs Park involves a “living shoreline” which, with property owners’ help, will extend from the park into King’s Bay. For everyone on the water, your charge is to keep as much undeveloped as possible.

  • Football Fridays kicks off