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  • Help kids stay safe in vehicles

    The Citrus County Tax Collector’s Office is sponsoring a fundraiser through Oct. 10 to support the Car Seat Safety Program at the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast. 

    Staff at the Meadowcrest and Inverness offices of the tax collector will accept donations to help support this program, which provides safe, new car seats at low cost for families experiencing financial hardship. It also offers free car seat inspections for all community residents. 

  • County briefs 9/15/14

    ­Vendors sought for chili cook-off

    The Lecanto Levi’s 4-H Club will host the 13th annual Chili Appreciation Society International Inc. Chili Cook Off for Charity from Oct. 11 to 13 at Nature’s Resort, West Halls River Road, Homosassa.  Proceeds from this event will benefit local charities.

    Vendors/exhibitors will have the opportunity to present their products on those weekend days. 

  • Register to vote by Oct. 6

    The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election is Monday, Oct. 6.

    Vote-by-mail continues to be a popular method of voting. Therefore, your signature becomes even more important. Your signature on the mail ballot must match the signature on file at the Citrus County Supervisor of Elections Office. Your signature on candidate and initiative petitions are also verified with your record. Signatures change over time for many reasons, so it’s recommended that an updated signature be on record. 

  • Yoga Appreciation Day

    Laura Boetto leads a Yoga Appreciation Day class Saturday.

    Boetto offered a full day of free classes as a way of thanking her patrons.

  • One killed in vehicle crash

    One man was killed and one critically injured in a fatal crash Sunday morning when the driver of their vehicle lost control of the car, leaving the roadway and overturning several times.

    According to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report, the Beverly Hills driver, 23, and his passenger, Bronson T. Steinbrook, 28, of Citrus Springs, were traveling at high speed on North Citrus Avenue while approaching West Sleepyoak Court in Crystal River.

  • Honor flights

    INVERNESS - The fifth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Sunday symbolized a heartfelt memory that has lasted 13 years, the selfless actions of those who gave their lives to save others and an unbreakable bond shared between first-responders nationwide.

    Over 150 people paid their respects to the fallen 343 firefighters and other responders by climbing 110 flights of stairs at Citrus Memorial hospital, which represented the 110 stories of the World Trade Center Towers.

  • Monday Conversation: Matt Brannen

    Certain names in Citrus County carry historic significance: Rooks, Croft, VanNess — and Brannen.

    In 1926, George H. Brannen Sr. established the first Brannen Bank in Homosassa (the Bank of Homosassa), and then moved it — actually put the building on a trailer and moved it to Inverness in 1929. Renamed the Bank of Inverness, it was the only bank in Citrus County to survive the economic crash of 1929 and the Great Depression.  

  • Music at the mall
  • State renews license for builder who left customers in ruin

    Duane Ready wonders whether his nightmare with Gold Crest Homes will ever end.

    Already out at least $40,000 in double payments on the Crystal River home that Gold Crest was building for his wife and him, Ready thought he was doing the right thing by sending in a formal complaint to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which oversees contractors in Florida.

  • Stake a claim

    The tan serpentine fencing that hugs the contours of a stretch of County Road 486 near the entrances to the community of Pine Ridge is coming down.

    County officials acknowledge they received word from the Pine Ridge Property Owners Association to remove the fencing.

    “We are looking at various ways to use the material after it is removed,” said Larry Brock, the county’s interim public works director, noting just when it will be removed is yet to be determined.