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  • Sheriff’s office conducting shooter drill on Thursday

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency personnel will be conducting an active-shooter drill Thursday at Lecanto High School.

    The drill will serve as a training exercise for sheriff’s office deputies and firefighters, Nature Coast EMS first responders, the Citrus County School District, Citrus Memorial Hospital, Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, the Emergency Operations Center and Shands Hospital.

  • Two arrested in rush-hour chase

    A Hernando man and a Dunnellon woman were arrested Tuesday after leading Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a rush-hour chase along two of the county’s busiest roads, striking multiple motorists as they fled police.

    The reason for the escape? Bungled petty theft, according to arrest reports.

    Sheriff’s office Deputy Austin McConnell responded to the Walmart at 1936 N. County 

  • Trail projects aim at giving users room to roam

    BROOKSVILLE — There was plenty of trail talk at Tuesday’s meeting of the Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

    Even though much of that discussion focused on projects in other counties, two projects under way will provide Citrus County’s hikers and bikers with an uninterrupted route to Brooksville.

  • ‘An unqualified success’

    INVERNESS — On a rainy afternoon on June 6, 2015, the public got to see the renovated Valerie Theatre Cultural Center in downtown Inverness for the first time.

    Built around 1926, it had been vacant since 1987, unused after the credits to “The Untouchables” rolled across the theater’s silver screen.

  • Council rankled by dispatch costs

    INVERNESS — “Bizarre” — that’s how Inverness councilman Cabot McBride described a county proposal to terminate and restructure a deal regarding the use of the sheriff’s office’s radio and dispatch system that has been in place for 30 years.

  • County briefs 6/23/16

    Free fireworks signs offered for veterans

    The Indiana-based nonprofit organization Military with PTSD is offering free yard signs for veterans who are startled or upset by fireworks. 

    The signs, which read “Combat veteran lives here, please be courteous with fireworks,” can be ordered at tinyurl.com/fireworksigns.

  • Car theft probe in Levy leads to burglaries in eight counties

    What began as an investigation into a car theft unraveled a string of burglaries spanning eight counties in the region.

    Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigator Scott Stancill was the original investigator on the grand theft auto case. He developed Larry Duane Teckenbrock, 20, as a suspect in the case and a warrant was issued for Teckenbrock on violation of probation for previous convictions of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Junior’s got a brand new bag

    Eleven hundred packs of notebook paper, 1,100 glue sticks, 1,100 pairs of scissors, 1,100 bottles of glue.

    Thanks to local corporate sponsors, 40 volunteers gathered at the College of Central Florida’s Lecanto campus Tuseday were able to stuff 1,100 backpacks with school supplies — markers and folders, erasers, pencils and crayons — destined for 1,100 local elementary school students in need during United Way’s Day of Action.

  • MPO signs off on road fixes

    BROOKSVILLE — Several Citrus County roads are in line to be resurfaced or widened in the next five years.

    The Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board on Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt its Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2017-21. These are the front-burner projects the MPO has identified as worthy of receiving Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) funds.

  • The stars of Daystar

    Editor’s note: This is the third in an occasional series about volunteers in Citrus County.

    Diane Dobry: For the Chronicle

    Rita Goody found her calling in church.