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  • So, how bad is it? Battle over manatee status wages

    Members of Florida’s Democratic congressional delegation have joined the chorus of parties asking the federal government not to reclassify the West Indian manatee.

    On July 10, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa/St. Petersburg, wrote a letter signed by nine other Democrat members of the state delegation of Congress which urged federal authorities not to downlist the manatee.

  • Morrison: Classroom experience prepared me

    H. Dean Morrison touts his broad range of experience in the education field as the reason he should be elected the District 1 representative on the Citrus County School Board.

    Morrison and another candidate are running to unseat the incumbent, Thomas Kennedy.

  • Kennedy: I can relate to students, parents

    Citrus County School Board Chairman Thomas Kennedy wants to use his voice and personal learning disability to inspire Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students in Citrus County.

  • Corkery: Results not in line with taxes paid

    Thomas Corkery says his property tax dollars have been wasted, and he wants to know why.

    Corkery, a Hernando resident who retired from General Motors after 33 years of employment, said he paid $957.38 in school taxes and doesn’t understand why, by his estimate, 25 percent of the class of 2014 class didn’t graduate.

  • State funding coast-to-coast trail connection

    Just over a year ago, W. Dale Allen, president of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation, made a presentation to Citrus County tourism leaders about the potential benefit of linking 275 miles of state bike trails to form a coast-to-coast connector. 

    One of longest gaps was the 30-mile stretch between the Withlacoochee State Trail and the Van Fleet State Trail in Sumter County. The project had strong regional support, but languished last year for a lack of state funding.

  • Inverness council gets look at proposed budget

    INVERNESS — Accompanied by music from the '80s band Tears for Fears, the proposed 2015 budget was presented to the Inverness City Council earlier this week.

    Some of the highlights included:

    * Total revenue — $21,198,441, which includes a $130,689 increase from property tax revenue.

  • County pushes forward with 'branding' effort

    The initial phases of efforts to start the process of branding Citrus County are wrapping up.

    Thursday was the county’s deadline for proposals to develop and execute a strategy and marketing campaign to create growth for the county by expanding tourism.

    The proposal description states the county destination brand must capture its diversity and establish a position in the marketplace for leisure visitors, convention planners and sports organizations.

  • Thorpe presents final budget to commission

    INVERNESS — Submitting his final county budget on Wednesday, County Administrator Brad Thorpe looked back on building teamwork and surviving last year’s budget storm. 

    “This year was a turnaround for Citrus County,” Thorpe said. “The worst is over. We now have a predictable base from which to forecast our budget.”

  • Adams associate backs ads targeting Webb, Kenney

    Charlie Strange wants Winn Webb and John “JJ” Kenney to get out of town.

    He said so in TV and radio ads, plus mail pieces sent to Citrus County voters.

    The ads paint Webb and Kenney as darlings of development who support higher taxes and wasteful government spending.

  • Let's go to band camp!

    As the first day of school approaches, local high school band students are enduring the grueling heat and long hours of the annual intense training known as band camp.

    From incoming freshmen to veteran juniors and seniors, the common denominator is learning to play an instrument while marching in formation and doing some fancy footwork while not crashing into the people next to you.