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  • Summer storms mean skeeter swarms

    Citrus County is at the peak of mosquito season, and people are urged to remove all standing water from their property and take precautions when venturing outdoors.

    “We’ve been getting a lot of rain here lately, and with that rain comes mosquito larvae,” said Steve Watkins, acting Mosquito Control director for Citrus County.

  • Aloft system drives torrential rains

    A stubborn low-pressure trough off the coast of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties is menacing residents of the state’s Gulf Coast with torrential storms, and very little letup is expected for at least the next week.

    The storms have caused widespread flooding in the coastal portions of area counties, but the state’s inland areas have largely been spared by the effects of the low-pressure system.

  • Proposed millage rate approved

    The governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District adopted a proposed FY2015-16 millage rate of 0.3488 mill, 4.6 percent lower than the current fiscal year. 

    For the owner of a $150,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption, the district tax would be $34.88 a year, or about $2.91 per month. The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016. The total FY2015-16 proposed budget for the district is $183.4 million.

  • NRC inspects nuclear plant

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has released the results of its quarterly inspection at the Crystal River Nuclear Plant, which included the spent nuclear fuel assemblies.

    The on-site inspections were performed May 4 to 7 and June 22 to 25 and examined activities relating to safety and compliance with the commission’s rules and regulations, and the conditions of the plant license.

  • Small dog rescued from blaze

    A small dog was rescued Tuesday morning after being trapped in a burning home near Floral City.

    According to a fire incident report, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue Division crews were called at 11:25 a.m. to respond to the fire at 9734 S. Buckskin Ave.

  • Arrested man had 48 grams of meth, gun, scale

    A Tampa man stopped Monday night by a patrolling deputy was found with just under 50 grams of methamphetamine in his car.

    Nicholas Richard Primo, 28, was stopped at around 10:20 p.m. near U.S. 19 and West McKinley Street in the Homosassa area after a Citrus County Sheriff’s deputy pulled him over for weaving over the yellow lines multiple times, Primo’s arrest report states.

  • COURT DIGEST: Inglis men face possible life sentences

    Two Inglis men facing the possibility of life in prison without parole were in Judge Richard Howard’s courtroom Tuesday.

    Tyler Ryan Baker, 23, and Shawn Michael Burd, 37, both face first-degree, punishable-by-life felony charges of burglary of a dwelling with a firearm while masked and burglary of a dwelling with battery while masked.

  • Man charged in theft of 61 guns

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office personnel are still searching for a Lecanto man sought for his connection to a two-person burglary Monday of a Homosassa hardware store.

    According to the sheriff’s office, 28-year-old Brandyn Cox was being questioned on Tuesday at the sheriff’s office substation in Crystal River next to city hall on U.S. 19. Cox, who was not yet under arrest, fled from deputies, prompting a manhunt still in progress Tuesday evening.

  • Cat rescue needs rescue

    Those who cannot help themselves need our help.

    The Hardin Haven, a Crystal River cat rescue, is closing after nine years of service. The doors close permanently Aug. 31, and before the closure, the rescue wants to find homes for all of its cats and kittens.

    Its volunteers are worried, but hopeful.

  • Board sets same fire MSBU rate

    INVERNESS — Citrus County commissioners set the tentative fire-rescue fee at the same amount as this year but not without some confusion.

    Commissioners voted 3-2 to set the fire municipal services benefit unit, or MSBU, at $54 per household. Owners of businesses, other structures and vacant property pay a per-square-foot rate.