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  • Two community band performances slated

    The Nature Coast Community Band, under the direction of conductor Cindy Hazzard, will present two productions of “Romanza” in May.

    The first performance is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs; and the second performance is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1100 W. Highland Ave., Inverness. 

    Narrated by Doreen Morgan, the program highlights music of the Romantic Era. 

  • Builder bust

    Duane Ready knew all about Florida’s Construction Lien Law.

    Robert Meisel knew nothing about it.

  • Veterans coalition offering help to veterans

    Nobody understands a veteran like another veteran.

    The Citrus County Veterans Coalition, a nonprofit organization, exists as a group of veterans who offer help to other veterans, from providing assistance ranging from a food pantry to financial help for education, or “re-education.”

    “Our primary thing right now is a food pantry,” said Ray Michael, CCVC chairman.

  • DEP officials to present King’s Bay plan

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is bringing its plan to restore and manage the King’s Bay basin to the people.

    In March, the agency announced it is working on setting restoration goals — or Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) — for the Outstanding Florida Water (OFW), which is now considered impaired.

  • School backers bask in Easter gift

    Could Lent possibly have had more meaning than it did this year for parents, teachers and supporters of Pope John Paul II Catholic School?

    As Christians throughout the world celebrate Easter today, those associated with Citrus County’s only Catholic school are thankful that their school not only survived a threatened shutdown but will thrive in years to come.

  • Project to close the gap

    INVERNESS — Trail riders, volunteers and supporters turned out by the dozens at the most recent county commission meeting to support the Withlacoochee State-Dunnellon Trail Connector.

    Their attendance emphasized how important the connector is to the trail, to the economy and to linking the Citrus and Marion counties together, said County Administrator Brad Thorpe at the April 8 meeting of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

  • New trail, bridge connect counties

    It’s being called “the prettiest three miles of trail in the state.”

    And Grant Chance agrees.

    “I believe it,” he said. “It’s absolutely gorgeous.”

    Chance owns and operates Blue Run Bicycles in Dunnellon and hears quite a bit about the new trail and bridge over the Withlacoochee River connecting Citrus and Marion counties.

  • Restaurant supports charity

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill is sporting a brand new look but the apple of its eye is charity.

    The local eatery reopened Thursday after receiving a remodeling face-lift to rejuvenate the restaurant’s feel.

    But before the first entrée was served, a $1,000 check was handed off to Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County’s board president Chad Halleen.

  • Child’s murder ‘inconceivable’

    INVERNESS — During a news conference Friday at the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Brad Smith of the Major Crimes section called the act of killing a child — and then going back to playing video games — “inconceivable.”

    On Thursday, Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, of Homosassa, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder in the death of his 1-year-old son, Daymeon Wygant.

  • Slight drop in unemployment rate

    State job figures released Friday show Citrus County’s estimated unemployment rate for March was 7.8 percent.

    The figure is down 0.1 percent from February and down 0.7 percent from March 2013.

    According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the March number represents 4,230 residents out of work with 50,240 holding jobs.

    The county’s estimated total labor force for March was 54,470, an increase of 3,439 over the previous month.