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  • Watkins indicted on federal charges

    The Inverness business owner arrested Oct. 21 on charges of stockpiling weapons as a convicted felon over fears of a U.S. economic collapse was indicted on federal charges last Wednesday.

    Michael Paul Watkins, 41, was indicted Nov. 19 on charges of possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon and possessing weapons unregistered under the National Firearms Act.

  • Boat, body found off Levy coast

    Authorities on Sunday night recovered the body of one of two Dunnellon boaters reported missing that morning off the Levy County coast.

    Joseph John Johns, 44, was reportedly found dead in the water Sunday night by searchers led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

    Crews are still actively searching for Johns’ 37-year-old friend Daniel Reed Tingley.

  • Pilot’s ID confirmed in found plane

    Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) medical examiners have identified Theodore Weiss, 74, of Zephyrhills, as the individual whose body was found in the cockpit of a plane that went missing last April then was found last month inside the Halpata Tastanaki Preserve in southwest Marion County.

    Weiss was last seen flying a white, Fortuna-Sonex experimental aircraft, departing on Saturday, April 5, from the Dunnellon Airport in Marion County en route to Zephyrhills Airport in Pasco County.

  • Meal opportunities abound this Thanksgiving

    Fraternal, religious and civic organizations are among groups offering Thanksgiving meals for those seeking a place to go or an alternative to staying home.

     This is the eighth year for First Baptist Church of Crystal River to offer the community a free Thanksgiving dinner. The meal is offered to those who may be alone that day, those who cannot afford to prepare a special meal and anyone else who would like to enjoy their meal in a friendly social setting.

  • Inverness Grand Prix

    The fourth annual Inverness Grand Prix and Motorsport Festival made for an exciting weekend downtown. Friday night’s kickoff event drew an estimated 800 visitors to the downtown area for the Big Engine concert and the Citrus MOPAR car cruise-in. 

  • County briefs 11/25/14

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    City kicks off holiday season with illumination

    The public is encouraged to join the city of Inverness in its inaugural holiday illumination ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. With festivities running from 4 to 7 p.m., the city will unveil its new bright white lights at Courthouse Square in historic downtown. 

  • Crews recover body of missing boater

    Authorities on Sunday night recovered the body of one of two Dunnellon boaters reported missing that morning off the Levy County coast.

    Joseph John Johns, 44, was reportedly found dead in the water Sunday night by searchers led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

    Crews are still actively searching for Johns’ 37-year-old friend Daniel Reed Tingley.

  • Courthouse Square to light up for Christmas

    The Citrus County Historical Society has announced plans for the 20th annual Old Courthouse Christmas and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in Inverness.

    For the past 19 years, the historical society has sponsored the event and on Saturday, Nov. 29, members and friends will erect the trees starting at 9 a.m. Those wishing to volunteer assistance are welcome.

  • Monday Conversation: Ginger West

    HERNANDO — At this time of year, Ginger West goes a dozen directions at once — at full speed. As executive director of the Family Resource Center, she is up to her eyebrows in the details of overseeing a team of “elves” who work from morning until late at night making sure that the 2,000 or so Citrus County children who have been referred to them receive gifts for Christmas.

  • Dragon boats scale back

    Dragon boat racing caught fire in Citrus County and has outgrown its twice-a-year schedule. 

    In the past two years, the event has grown from a handful of local and regional teams, to nearly 60 entries from all over Florida and several other states.

    And as a festival it has attracted more crafters, food sellers, other types of vendors and participants to the full day event at Lake Hernando. Organizers even added a Friday night concert and kickoff party.