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  • Sparks fly at BOCC meeting

    INVERNESS — County Commissioner Scott Adams was still smarting Wednesday morning at the monthly meeting of the Citrus County Council, at which he was the featured speaker, about the previous night’s Board of County Commissioners meeting.

  • Sheriff clarifies MSBU intentions

    Although the fire services municipal services benefit unit (MSBU) was approved Tuesday by a 4-1 vote by county commissioners to remain on the county’s tentative 2014-15 budget, Sheriff Jeff Dawsy still wants to reassure residents and business owners that it is necessary.

    “My responsibility is to advise the citizens that this is where I want to take the fire services,” Dawsy told the Chronicle editorial board Wednesday. “It doesn’t get any worse than this, it only gets better.”

  • Keeping the memories alive

     

    9/11 OBSERVANCES

    * A 9/11 memorial ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. today at Liberty Park on North Apopka in Inverness.

    * The 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Exhibit is on display from noon to 7 p.m. today at the Inverness Government Center, 212 W. Main St., Inverness.

  • Friends shocked by word of local attorney’s death

    Few details were available about the death of prominent Inverness attorney Clifford Travis, apparently found deceased after he failed to show up for a Wednesday trial.

    Shocked friends and colleagues recalled his service to the community, devotion to his sons and concern for his clients.

  • Music, art highlight weekend

    From artist Keith Gum and best-selling author Tim Dorsey to a musical recital at the Crystal River Mall, artsy-minded residents will have a colorful weekend.

  • School board OKs budget

    INVERNESS — Citrus County School Board members voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt the 2014-15 fiscal year budget, five-year work plan and millage rate.

    After no one from the public voiced opinions, board members approved a balanced $211 million budget. 

    The millage rate is 7.3040 mills and is a decrease of 4.05 percent over the rollback rate, according to district officials.

  • Hospital deal gets OK from county commission

    A.B Sidibe

    Staff writer

    INVERNESS — The longtime battle between the Citrus County Hospital Board and Citrus Memorial Health Foundation to agree to a $127 million lease of Citrus Memorial hospital to Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) appears to be coming to an end.

  • Broken-down boat leads to arrest

    CRYSTAL RIVER — A boater’s call for help landed him in jail when the assisting U.S. Coast Guard informed local authorities that the broken-down boat was reported stolen from Fort Myers. 

    Robert Lee Murray, 32, was arrested Monday morning after the boat he allegedly stole in Fort Meyers broke down on its way to Pete’s Pier in Crystal River, according to the arrest   affidavit.

  • Riverwalk project picks up pace

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The city council gave unanimous approval Monday for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to move forward with the Riverwalk project.

    Council members — who also serve as the CRA board — agreed on the next stages of the project after Carol Kimbrough with the Crystal River Area Council presented a letter signed by property owners consenting for the project.

  • Court: Man still sentenced to life

    Twenty-eight years ago next month, a Citrus County teenager, convicted on charges of kidnapping and rape, was sentenced to life in prison plus four concurrent 30-year terms.

    Tuesday, Marc Mediate, now 46, was back in Citrus County court in an attempt to have his sentence reduced.