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  • Fun-filled, active weekend ahead for Citrus County

    Whether it be swing, salsa, disco, jazz or hip-hop, Sunday afternoon will feature lively fun for men and women of all ages as they shake things up to support the Key Training Center.

    The fifth annual Zumba for the Key is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., with registration starting at 1 p.m. at the Chet Cole Life Enrichment Center, 5521 Buster Whitton Way, Lecanto. 

  • CCSO working to solve boat status

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Moorage issues between the city and owners of boats anchored on a King’s Bay cove may be finally coming to an end.

    One of the boat owners is deceased and sheriff’s officials are in talks with his family about a resolution. Meanwhile, a second boat owner towed away his yacht on Monday, according to officials.

  • Rowers racing Saturday

    INVERNESS — Ready, set, row!

    This Saturday, beginning bright and early at 7 a.m., 10 teams of rowers in more than 115 boats will take to the water of Lake Henderson at the second annual Citrus Sprints Regatta, hosted by the Rowing Organization of Citrus County Students (ROCCS).

  • Holidays, cold weather, flu deplete blood resources

    Blood donations are always needed, but the blood supply has reached emergency status, according to LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. 

    In a news release, LifeSouth Vice President of Operations J.B. Bowles said a combination of the winter holidays, cold weather and the flu epidemic is still impacting blood donations.

    LifeSouth’s goal is to have a minimum of five days’ worth of blood in reserve to resupply hospitals, Bowles said.

  • Woman in stabbing case rejects proposed plea

    After rejecting the state’s offer and maintaining her plea of not guilty, Crystal Ann Austin, charged with attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery, is scheduled for trial Thursday.

    Austin, 37, was arrested in June after allegedly stabbing a Sugarmill Woods man in the back with a large kitchen knife and attempting to stab him with a sword.

  • When forest fires are a good thing

    Passerby have a common query about controlled burns: Why would they set fires — BIG fires — in the forest?

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  • Man charged with assault

    An Inverness man was arrested on battery charges when sheriff’s deputies concluded he was the aggressor in a fight with people at his house.

    Ronnie Phil Long, 53, was arrested Monday night and charged with battery and assaulting a law enforcement officer after a conflict escalated into Long allegedly making death threats to those in the home and deputies, Long’s arrest report said.

  • Community embraces the dream

    Half of State Road 44 was blocked off as the Martin Luther King Jr. parade marched through Crystal River. 

    Volunteers from the George Washington Carver Community Center organized the event to commemorate King and his principles, or dreams. The event included a commemorative parade and ceremony. 

    Participants lined up and began marching from Tire Kingdom, walking past Crystal River Health and Rehabilitation Center and ending at Copeland Park. 

  • Recent violent crimes not a trend

    INVERNESS — It’s the first month of 2015, and Citrus County has already witnessed a few notable and isolated incidents: two unrelated deaths under investigation and one person severely injured.

    “You have a cycle in crime,” Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said. “These crimes occur all the time, they might not be all bunched together, and that’s the only difference.”