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  • Officials keeping an eye on storm

    Citrus County will likely get heavy rains and downright dreary weather today and tomorrow from a tropical system called Invest 93L, which is ambling into the Gulf of Mexico.

    But the brunt of its effects, should it turn into a tropical or subtropical storm or depression, should mainly be felt in the western Florida Panhandle, and the Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas coasts.

  • County briefs 6/20/2017

    Gas prices see continued decline

    Motorists are beginning to find some of the lowest gas prices of the year. 

    Florida gas prices averaged $2.27 on Sunday, according to AAA--The Auto Club South. The state average dropped 6 cents during the past week and is 

    3 cents less than this time last year.

  • Drought disaster loans available

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Citrus County, as a result of the drought that began on April 11, 2017. 

    In addition to Citrus, this disaster declaration includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties. 

  • TIP on MPO agenda today

    The Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board today will see a draft of the new 2018-22 transportation improvement program (TIP).

    The MPO prepared the report in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation, Hernando County Transportation Services, Citrus County Engineering Division and the cities of Brooksville, Crystal River and Inverness.

  • Crystal River Airport gets restriping
  • Three killers face resentencing

    A trio of men who were convicted and sentenced to life as minors in unrelated murder cases will be re-sentenced in court this week.

    Christopher Robert Muzzi, Michael Paul Rosado and Scott Brian Weiand will appear in front of Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard for their hearings on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, respectively.

  • River Keepers to participate in On Rake at a Time cleanup

    Chassahowitzka River Keepers is working to conserve the natural beauty and ecological health of the area and seeks supporters to aid in upcoming initiatives.

    There are no obligations and no fees to assist the grass-roots organization.

  • The College of Central Florida turns 60

    The College of Central Florida is coasting smoothly to its 60th birthday — and staff and students have a lot to celebrate. 

    “The college has a long, 60-year history, and it also has a long history serving Citrus County,” said CF Vice President of Regional Campuses Vernon L. Lawter Jr.

    With 2017 a milestone year for the institution, Lawter looked back in the Ocala-based college’s history while also talking about its growth in Citrus County. 

  • Flooding forces US Fish & Wildlife relocation

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is moving to a new home, for the time being.

    As a result of Hurricane Hermine flooding the federal wildlife agency’s Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge office building on King’s Bay Drive in September, USFWS is working to relocate to a temporary site off U.S. 19, Refuge Manager Joyce Palmer said Friday.

  • ‘Spirit’ remembered

    Crystal River went back in time on Saturday.

    Several members of the Crystal River Boat Builders reenacted portions of Civil War-era naval events in Crystal River to show the military significance of the coastal city.

    For several years, volunteers with the Crystal River Boat Builders (CRBB) have been building replica models of 19th-century marine vessels as way to engage the community in learning about the nautical history of the area.