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  • County briefs 12/13/14

    WREC gives county refund for 2013

    Representatives from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative Inc. on Thursday presented a capital credit refund to Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Adams in the amount of $23,775. 

  • Military activity causes west-side booms

    The loud booms heard Friday afternoon on the west side of the county are a result of some sort of military activity occurring in the Gulf of Mexico, according to officials with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lindsay Blair said dispatchers in the surrounding coastal counties have been fielding calls from people concerned about the booms, as well.

    “All we know at this point is that it is some type of military experiment and it is also being heard in other counties,” Blair said.

  • Nights of Lights to showcase Fort Cooper

    INVERNESS — Follow the lights during the annual Nights of Lights event beginning tonight and running through Sunday at Fort Cooper State Park.

    Hours are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. nightly. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy, a nonperishable food item to benefit Citrus United Basket or a donation of pet food for the Citrus County Animal Services. Cash donations will be used to cover the cost of this and future events.

  • Traffic stop leads to narcotics arrest

    A traffic stop south of Dunnellon led to the arrest of a Dunnellon man allegedly concealing a stolen firearm in his car while also transporting narcotics, according to authorities.

  • Man arrested for allegedly shoplifting during 'Shop with a Cop' event

    A Lecanto man faces allegations of retail theft, accused of shoplifting from a Walmart at a most inopportune time.

    Grant Scott Timm, 35, was arrested Wed­nesday evening on a charge of retail petit theft with a value of $100 or less after he was allegedly caught shoplifting at the Walmart in Lecanto during the Shop with a Cop event hosted by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).

  • Grant, state Bar settle dispute

    The Florida Bar is settling its case against Inverness attorney Bill Grant over allegations that he included photographs of a woman’s genitalia in a lawsuit complaint involving feuding neighbors.

    The Bar accepted Grant’s explanation that a staff member included the photographs in the complaint without his knowledge, and that as soon as he found out he withdrew the complaint the next day.

  • Woman raising money to help with brother’s cancer

    CITRUS SPRINGS — As the only girl in a family of six brothers, Rhonda Newcomb has a special affinity for her brother Rob Partridge.

    She admires the way he has always been a hard worker, having worked since he was 14, doing odd jobs around Inverness and Floral City, washing dishes at local restaurants, even being a garbage man.

    He’s never asked for help, has always supported himself and his family and has been the one to give to help others.

  • TDC gets Halls River update

    The Tourist Development Council (TDC) heard a presentation on Wednesday on plans for a 110-unit hotel-motel on Halls River Road in Homosassa.

    Attorney Clark Stillwell, who represents Halls River Development, described the location. He said it is located at the juncture of the Homosassa River and the Halls River on the north side of road, an 11-acre property that has history in Citrus County.

  • First responders bring Christmas cheer

    LECANTO — Santa Claus left his red-and-white suit at the North Pole on Wednesday evening to dress in equally recognizable attire: the uniforms of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies and firefighters.

  • Holiday events pack festive weekend

    Rochelle Kaiser

    Staff writer

    Holiday events for the entire family abound this week — from parades to tree lighting ceremonies,  there is something for everyone.

    No holiday weekend is complete without a parade and this weekend will feature several.