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  • County briefs 5/22/15

    Identity of U.S. 19 crash victim released

    The man who died after walking in front of a passing car earlier in May on U.S. 19 near a hospital has been identified.

    Craig Tillen, 54, was walking west across the highway from Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center near Crystal River at about 10 p.m. on May 11, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Nina E. Schmidt, 19, was driving south on U.S. 19 in the outside lane.

  • Panthers unleashed

    The roar of almost 350 Panther graduates seemed to call earthward the waning sun Wednesday evening over Lecanto High School’s football field as students celebrated their past triumphs and reveled in the promise of the future.

  • Adams asks FBI to investigate jail contract

    Commissioner Scott Adams has asked the FBI to investigate Corrections Corporation of America’s 2007 jail expansion project that could cost the county up to $13 million if the county terminates the contract in September.

    Adams, speaking Wednesday to the Chronicle Editorial Board, said he believed the construction contract contains “fraud,” but he refused on multiple occasions to explain why he thinks that.

  • Disgraced former county official gets four years in prison

    INVERNESS — Shame-filled sobs and cries for leniency fell on deaf ears Wednesday morning when Judge Ric Howard sentenced Constantina “Dina” Emmanuel, a former Citrus County Parks and Recreation supervisor who stole more than $100,000 from the county, to four years in prison.

  • Funding practice clouds trail's completion

    THE ISSUE: U.S. 19 multi-use trail campaign.

    OUR OPINION: Preventing potential fatalities should override cost.

  • For helping save life, deputy gets highest honor

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Deputy Jeff Hunter was doubly recognized for his outstanding service with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and for his help in saving a woman’s life on the side of a road.

    American Legion Post 155 in Crystal River awarded Hunter with the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Citrus County during a ceremony Tuesday evening.

  • City manager clears air on Valerie Theatre

    INVERNESS — City Manager Frank DiGiovanni presented his “mission and vision statement” for the soon-to-open Valerie Theatre during Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.

    Council members also approved a $50,000 budget transfer to cover anticipated operating costs for the theater for the remainder of the fiscal year.

  • Council seems set on forming fire dept.

    INVERNESS — Inverness City Council members appear to be leaning toward breaking ties with the county and going their own way on fire services.

    Board members again broached the subject during Tuesday evening’s council meeting and, although no decision was made, they made it clear they want more control over fire protection because it would prevent future rate hikes. They also said they don’t like being given ultimatums by the county.

  • Last day splash day for Seven Rivers

    Seven Rivers Christian School  preschool students participated in a Wet Field Day event as a celebration of the last day of  preschool. This year was the first Seven Rivers has operated a preschool.

  • Man arrested after allegedly running away with teen girl

    A Hernando man is facing numerous charges involving a teenage girl he allegedly ran away with while she was reported missing.

    The investigation into 19-year-old Jaelyn Scott Tanner’s suspected battery against the girl began in April in Citrus County, where Citrus County Sheriff’s Office authorities questioned the girl, according to the sheriff’s office.