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  • Always a faithful student

    “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” —Thomas A. Edison

  • Working radio important to have on any boating trip

    You venture out for some reds fishing into the bars and islands of Boggy Bay off the Barge Canal. The vessel scraped bottom on the way in, but you believe there was no damage. After finding a likely spot and starting to fish, you notice water around your feet and no one is around. Not a happy time without a radio to call for help.

  • Preparing, just in case

    The Citrus County Sheriff's Office staged its annual Citrus County All Hazards and Hurricane Expo Saturday at the Crystal River Mall.

  • Hoping for show of goodwill

    Goodwill has been hit with a double whammy, leading to a fall-off in donations.

    The great snowbird exodus and a proliferation of for-profit organization donation drop boxes has prompted the call for more items, especially clothing and shoes, said Chris Ward, director of marketing and public relations for Goodwill Industries-Suncoast.

  • Man accused of striking child, grabbing woman

    An Inverness man faces charges of domestic battery and child abuse for allegedly grabbing a woman’s throat and hitting a child in the face.

    A Citrus sheriff investigator met with the woman on Tuesday at Citrus Memorial Hospital to question her about a domestic abuse between her and Mark Alan Stoltz II, according to Stoltz’s arrest report.

  • Man treated after house fire

    A man was sent for treatment of smoke inhalation late Thursday night after fire filled a Lecanto home with smoke.

    According to Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue report, firefighters en route a little before 11 p.m. to the house at 6225 S. Esmeralda Terrace were informed a man could still be inside the home because the phone line was severed between the caller and dispatch.

  • POSTSCRIPT: Dr. Stanley Williams: He had a heart for his patients

    INVERNESS — Dr. Stanley Williams was the heart and soul of the Citrus Memorial Hospital Cardiac Catheterization lab.

    “He was endearing and sweet, easy to work with and had this infectious smile,” said Debbie Coleman, CMH clinical educator and former cath lab nurse. “We called him King Willie and gave him a Burger King crown to wear. He was quiet, and he always stayed calm when someone was in cardiac arrest.”

  • Refuge chief mum on Three Sisters details

    The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge manager offered an informational primer to area residents and stakeholders about some of the imminent changes expected at arguably the county’s most popular destination — Three Sisters Springs.

    Andrew Gude told dozens of people gathered Thursday night at the Plantation Hotel that his agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is developing a partnership deal with the city of Crystal River in which the city assists with public access to the land portion of the 57-acre property.

  • Team defeated, but not dejected

    FORT MYERS — The Citrus baseball team may not have earned a victory here Friday at the Class 5A State Championships, but the Hurricanes did prove a group of kids from Citrus County can play with the big boys.

    Mosley (28-3), ranked at or near the top of various 5A polls in Florida and also ranked in the top 10 nationally by some online services, had to scratch and fight for a 5-2 semifinal victory over a Citrus team that finished the year 17-10.

  • Crystal River becomes Purple Heart city

    CRYSTAL RIVER – The city along Florida’s Nature Coast is now supporting wounded military veterans.

    Crystal River’s Mayor Jim Farley said Friday during the city’s Purple Heart designation ceremony the city went a step further in recognizing Purple Heart recipients.