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  • COURT DIGEST: Sex, drug cases get August trial dates

    A judge hurried along the cases of a Beverly Hills couple accused of neglecting and abusing a 3-month-old girl while managing a marijuana operation in their home.

    During Tuesday’s court proceedings, Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard set Skyler Wade Bennett’s and Valerie Ann Reed’s next hearing for Aug. 23, when they must plea or set their trial date.

  • Benefit planned for Royal family

    A car wash and benefit to support the family of Phil Royal is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Lowe’s Home Improvement, 2301 State Road 44, Inverness. Organizers promise a live DJ, food vendors, face painting and more. The event is being sponsored by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and a number of local businesses.

  • Water district OKs lower millage rate

    The governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District adopted a proposed FY2016-17 millage rate of 0.3317 mill, 4.9 percent lower than the current fiscal year. For the owner of a $150,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption, the district tax would be $33 a year, or about $2.76 per month. The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30. The total FY2015-16 proposed budget for the district is $180.1 million.

  • Sanders says Clinton must become next president

    PHILADELPHIA  — Ending months of animosity, Bernie Sanders robustly embraced his former rival Hillary Clinton Monday night as a champion for the same economic causes that enlivened his supporters, signaling it was time for them, too, to rally behind the Democratic nominee in the campaign against Republican Donald Trump.

  • Phil knew the hope of ‘crazy love’

    If more than a thousand people come to your funeral, you could say you were “crazy loved.”

    Phil Royal knew such a love.

    It was said at his funeral service on Monday that during his wife’s pregnancy he used to sing the Thomas Rhett song “Die A Happy Man” to her and their unborn daughter every night.

    The lyrics go, “… all I need in this life is your crazy love and I could die a happy man.”

  • Farewell, friend

    It seems Citrus County isn’t big enough to hold all of Phil Royal’s mourners.

    Yet, they couldn’t stay away.

    Not last Tuesday evening, when thousands lined roadways while a law enforcement escort returned Royal’s body to Inverness.

    Not on Saturday, when they completed what Royal started — the final dash and walk to the Key Training Center for an emotional end to this year’s Run for the Money.

  • Country briefs 7/26/2016

    Prices at the pump continue falling

    Gas prices are falling at a rate not seen in nearly two years.

    The average price in Florida on Sunday declined for the 47th consecutive day, according to auto club AAA. 

    During that time, prices fell 23 cents. It is the longest slide in gas prices since October 2014 to January 2015, when prices fell 120 consecutive days statewide.

  • Board eyes landfill charges

    Citrus County commissioners meet today with one of their own taking the day off.

    Commissioner Scott Adams informed the county on Sunday he would be absent from today’s meeting.

    In an email, Adams did not give a reason for missing the meeting. He said he wanted read out loud during the meeting that he opposed the proposed new landfill assessments, including $25 a year per household, that is part of today’s agenda.

  • Judge: Teens will be tried together

    Defense attorneys attempted one last time on Monday to have two teenage boys tried separately for the slaying and armed robbery of a Crystal River man.

    Gregg Brennan and Edward Spaight, Bryan Robinson’s and Tyzick Wall’s respective attorneys, motioned for Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard to have separate trials for their 18-year-old clients.

  • They were here first

    CITRUS SPRINGS — Once a month, members of The Wildlife Club talk about the birds and bees — and countless other animals that call Citrus County home.

    The Wildlife Club was born in 2013 when president and founder Brenda Roberts saw a need to find answers about local wildlife.