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  • CCSO still looking for missing man

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for Daryl Christopher Cihlar and is asking others to be on the lookout, as well.

    Cihlar, 28, was reported missing Thursday, after he walked away from a family home he lives at, according to the sheriff’s office.

    Cihlar — who is mentally disabled — is white, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. 

  • SECO Energy utility adopts new logo

    Last month, J.D. Power announced SECO Energy has been ranked highest in customer satisfaction among mid-size utilities in the South region, according to its annual Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

    The study measures customer satisfaction with electric utility companies by examining six factors: power quality and reliability; price; billing and payment; corporate citizenship; communications; and customer service. 

  • County briefs 7/31/15

    Crystal River

    YMCA construction on schedule

    Even though it’s been raining a lot lately, construction of the $8 million Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA on the Stan and Betty Olsen Campus in Lecanto is right on schedule, according to local YMCA Executive Director Joanna Castle.

  • Deputies catch burglary suspect

    The man who fled Tuesday while questioned about a Monday morning burglary in Homosassa was arrested Thursday evening.

    After getting a tip, Citrus County Sheriff’s deputies found Brandyn Cox, 28, at around 6:15 p.m. as he was walking down South Reps Ridge Point in the Lecanto area, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Prosecutors can’t find witness

    Authorities do not know the whereabouts of the alleged victim in a case that has brought charges of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm on two Crystal River teenagers.

    High school student Kyle Douglas Dutcher appeared in felony court for a status hearing Thursday flanked by his parents.

  • Rare chorus of applause echoes through courtroom

    A record may have been set Thursday in Judge Richard Howard’s courtroom.

    It was a typical session, with defendants facing charges ranging from driving with a revoked license to possession of methamphetamine to attempted first-degree murder.

    But scattered among the approximately 60 cases on the docket were numerous requests for early termination of probation.

  • CAIR sues gun shop owner


    Andrew Caplan

    Staff writer

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR Florida) has filed a lawsuit against the owner of Florida Gun Supply for its “Muslim-free zone” policy.

  • BOCC sets Veterans’ Village timetable

    INVERNESS — A Crystal River physician has a timeline in place to develop an assisted living facility for military veterans on county-

    owned property adjacent to the Citrus County Resource Center in Beverly Hills.

    Dr. Paresh Desai has requested to lease 8 acres for $1 a year to develop the facility, which he said is a perfect spot for veterans who also receive services from the resource center.

  • Victims of Hernando crash identified

    The names of four of the five men who lost their lives in a two-car accident Monday morning in northern Hernando County were released Wednesday by the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Crash victims' status upgraded

    Various hospitals released the statuses of those involved in two car accidents from earlier this week.

    From Monday afternoon’s two-car crash on West Grover Cleveland Boulevard, which has taken the lives of three people: