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  • Samargya points to diverse legal experience

    In 2004, Milan “Bo” Samargya had worked 10 years as a private practice attorney and assistant state attorney when he made his first bid for a judgeship. That time he ran against Citrus County Court Judge Mark Yerman and lost.

    Ten years later, Samargya is taking a stab at it again — this time to unseat another incumbent and to defeat two other candidates for family court judge in the 5th Circuit Judicial Circuit, which includes Marion, Sumter, Lake, Hernando and Citrus counties.

  • Dymond Lyn stresses strong community roots

    Denise Dymond Lyn has a favorite refrain: “I am from this community, I live in Citrus County, I am active in this community and this is my community.”

    Dymond Lyn would like voters to remember that and her “breadth of legal experience” when voting. She is one of three candidates running against incumbent judge Sandy Kautz to preside over family law court in the 5th Judicial Circuit. The position will be based in Citrus County.

  • Incumbent Kautz says job comes before politics

    Judge Sandy Kautz said she made a vow six years ago when she was elected as family law judge in the 5th Judicial Circuit: She would rather work the docket or cases before her rather than pound the pavement asking for votes.

    She said after reluctantly agreeing to toss her hat in the ring again at the urging of supporters, she is too busy with her caseload to campaign and spend large sums of money on advertising.

    “I am booked for trials through November,” Kautz said.

  • Hatcher says career has prepared her for bench

    Mary Hatcher touts her “broad range of experience” in the legal field as the reason she should be elected as the family court judge in the 5th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

    Hatcher and two others are running to unseat the incumbent, Judge Sandy Kautz, for the judgeship. All will be on the Aug. 26 ballot.

    Hatcher, 53, whose private practice is located in Bushnell, said the range of her experience in her 27-year legal career even includes working on a tuberculosis case.

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  • From China to Beverly Hills

    BEVERLY HILLS — This isn’t exactly the Beverly Hills that Hollywood has portrayed in movies.

    Sure there are majestic palm trees, a warm climate and even real housewives.

    But that’s about all the east coast and west coast Beverly Hills have in common.

  • Jobless rate up in June

    Citrus County’s unemployment rate for June hit 7.5 percent as the total number of workers in the county labor force continued to decline. 

    According to state job figures released Friday, the county’s unemployment rate ranks 12th highest in Florida, which has an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent.

  • Nugent cancels open house

    U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent’s office has canceled the Service Academy Open House planned for Saturday afternoon. One of the academies had to cancel at the last minute. The event will be rescheduled for a date in the fall.

  • Deputies arrest bank robber

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the SunTrust Bank on Forest Ridge Boulevard near Citrus Hills around 12:30 p.m. Friday in reference to a robbery. When deputies arrived, they found a man crouching behind the lobby chairs clutching cash. He was then arrested and taken into custody without incident.

  • Key runners in home stretch

    Editor’s note: It’s Run for the Money Week, with runners taking turns covering the 180 miles between the Capitol in Tallahassee and the Key Training Center campus in Lecanto. While the purpose of the grueling journey is to raise awareness about the developmentally disabled, it is especially significant in that it brings attention to the need for donations to cover the expenses of Key clients who don’t receive government support.