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  • County water project fits the bill

    BROOKSVILLE — A Citrus County project was put forward as a “poster child” for a statewide study on expanding the use of reclaimed water, stormwater and excess surface water. 

    The study, mandated by state Senate Bill 536, which passed this past legislative session, was the topic of a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) workshop Wednesday hosted by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

  • Board OKs County Road 491 land deal

    The quid-pro-quo deal handing the county the right of way to several properties for the expansion of a portion of County Road 491 has been approved by the county commission.

    In exchange, the land owners get to free up dedicated storm drainage portions of their parcels for either parking or expansion. Drainage will now be channeled to central drainage retention areas (DRAs). 

  • For the record 10/30/2014

    DUI arrest

    * Bunny Oliver, 41, of West Berrigan Court, Homosassa, at 8:44 p.m. Oct. 28 on a warrant for driving under the influence with property damage and knowingly driving with a suspended license. Her bond was set at $3,000.

    Domestic battery arrest

  • Citrus High homecoming court
  • Iglesias or board meeting?

    INVERNESS — When your wife spends a thousand bucks on front-row seats for Pitbull and Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, work becomes an afterthought.

    Even if the job is Citrus County commissioner.

    Commissioner Scott Adams skipped out of Tuesday’s board meeting without explanation, saying only that he had to leave.

  • Options abound for spook-tacular fall fun

    Some options to trick-or-treating for children on and around Halloween include:

    * Join the Friends of Crystal River State Parks as they host the annual Haunted Halloween for two days, Thursday and Friday. Tickets will go on sale at 7 p.m. the day of, with the last tickets sold at 10 p.m.

  • Cedar Key clear of red tide

    Mark Scohier

    Chiefland Citizen

    After nearly two months of commercial clam lease closures, red tide has moved out of Cedar Key, according to officials.

    The Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission recently reported that Karenia brevis, the organism responsible for Florida red tide, was not detected in samples taken from Cedar Key, off the Levy County coast just north of Citrus County.

  • Two killed in head-on collision in Crystal River

    A Missouri woman and her passenger from Indiana were killed Monday night after colliding head-on with another car travelling in the wrong lanes of U.S. 19

    Marianne J. Campbell, 51, of Fort Lauderdale was driving south in the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 toward South Stonebrook Drive north of Homosassa, according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report.

  • Duke sues government over nuke fuel storage costs

    Duke Energy has filed suit against the United States government through the Department of Energy (DOE) for failing to accept and dispose of spent nuclear fuel from Crystal River (CR3) and other Duke nuclear plants. 

    The action filed Oct. 16 was identified as Round 3 of a spent nuclear fuel damages case and could benefit Duke customers.

  • Don't 'lose your head' at Halloween

    On Friday evening, many residential streets will be filled with little trick-or-treaters seeking those delicious, sugar-filled goodies.

    Children dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes will also be sharing the dark roads with motorists, making Halloween one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.