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  • Insurance for county commission, but not part-timers

    Sue Carscadden didn’t lose her job, but the news her supervisor brought last Wednesday morning was almost as bad.

    Carscadden, a part-time senior program assistant for the Nature Coast Volunteer Center, was told that county commissioners voted the day before to eliminate health insurance for part-time employees who work between 20 and 30 hours a week.

    For 62-year-old Carscadden, the news was a shock.

  • Seeking to build a safer gun

    By Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press

    DAYTONA BEACH — Jonathan Mossberg is among a small number of pioneers looking to build a safer gun. But unlike many others, he was in the gun business when he started down that path.

  • Banker returns home

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Getting the vice president/branch manager job at the Crystal River SunTrust Bank in March is like a second homecoming for John Hodgkins II. 

  • Man accused of forcing self on teen

    A 31-year-old Inverness man faces false-imprisonment and sex charges after being accused of gagging a teenage girl while abusing her.

    Richard Leroy Connolly’s alleged victim told a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detective on Feb. 21 that Connolly had sex with her while he covered her mouth with his shirt, according to Connolly’s arrest report.

  • Check scams on rise in county

    Authorities want to warn residents about fraudulent cashier checks after seeing an uptick of the scams in Citrus County.

    “We’ve got a few that have been going on lately,” Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detective Lee Carey said. “We’re hoping that if we educate the public about these types of frauds, we can reduce the number of victims.”

    Carey has been handling cases of falsified cashier checks for two years, and is now working on five cases.

  • Pillars of business


    2016 Chamber Pillar Awards winners

  • Weekly Roundup: In conclusion

    TALLAHASSEE — Several things seemed to be winding down in Florida government this week.

    At the Capitol, two of the highest-ranking Republicans in the state finally managed to resolve their differences over a hiring decision. Neither man walked away with a complete victory, but that didn’t mean that it didn’t further the idea that one of the participants — Gov. Rick Scott — was losing a little bit of his pull.

  • 22-year-old allegedly choked, struck infant

    A Beverly Hills man was charged Thursday with child abuse after being accused of striking and choking a 3-month-old.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office authorities on Thursday responded to a home in Beverly Hills, where a witness told them how 22-year-old Skyler Bennett injured the infant, according to Bennett’s arrest report.

  • His stamp on photography

    A retired Citrus Hills resident got two big surprises in the past several months — one of them a rare feat for an amateur photographer — one of his photos was selected as one of the postal service’s Forever stamps.

  • County’s top scholars honored

    Several of the best and brightest graduating seniors were rewarded Thursday at the annual Golden Citrus Scholar Awards for their immeasurable hours of studying, unflinching dedication to their classes and selfless service to their communities.

    Citrus County Education Foundation Executive Director Stephen Barbieri and district Superintendent Sandra “Sam” Himmel welcomed with warm words the students, their parents and their teachers at the College of Central Florida’s Lecanto campus.