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  • FWC: Scallop numbers ‘vulnerable’

    For a time of year that’s otherwise suffocating as the summer’s heat, scallops are the golden goose to Citrus County coastal communities.

    But the goose, it seems has its limits.

    The state’s Fish and Wildlife Commission’s survey of bay scallops shows a significant decreasing population of Citrus County scallops.

  • Strong winds hit county, but no tornadoes

    Strong winds Monday afternoon raged through northern Citrus County causing minor damage to two homes and concerns of a possible tornado touchdown by two schools.

  • Inverness water main break repaired

    INVERNESS – A water main break that interrupted service to an estimated 50 Inverness Highlands residents for more than 12 hours has been repaired.

    A boiling water notice remains in effect until bacterial tests come back clean, said Assistant City Manager Eric Williams.

  • Crystal River seeking waterfront manager

    CRYSTAL RIVER — City officials are now searching for their own captain at the helm of King’s Bay management.

    During its special meeting held Monday evening, Crystal River’s City Council approved a motion to advertise for a city waterfront manager who will look to supervise and possibly monetize the ever-popular and ever-crowded King’s Bay waterways and waterside parks and ramps.

  • Man arrested on meth charge

    A waitress on Friday helped in the arrest of an Inverness-area man when she found drugs allegedly hidden away in the man’s cellphone case after he left it on the bar.

    According to his arrest report, 36-year-old James Harold Lord came into the Inverness Beef ‘O’ Brady’s restaurant with two others to celebrate a birthday at the bar.

    After finishing about half of their drinks, Lord’s friends told the waitress they were going outside for a few minutes.

  • Rotaract raises money for local charities

    Each week, a local group of young people get together to eat meals, catch up and raise funds for the local community.

    The Nature Coast Rotaract is an international program sponsored by the Rotary Foundation. Rotaract includes members ages 18 to 30, while Interact is ages 12 to 18. Rotary itself is age 18 and up, but you must be in a career field.

  • Bats on display to celebrate Earth Day

    There are not many opportunities throughout the year to visit the bats inside of the Lubee. 

    The Lubee Bat Conservancy in Gainesville will open its doors to 50 guests on April 25. In honor of Earth Day, the conservancy is having its third Fruit Bat Photography Day. 

  • Guardian ad litem program seeks volunteers

    The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program is seeking volunteers to be a voice for abused, neglected or abandoned children whose cases are in the court system. 

    GALs are trained volunteers appointed by the court to advocate on behalf of a child. They become familiar with the child’s case and make recommendations to help ensure a safe, stable and permanent environment for the child. 

  • One Rake partners with One Bag

    Kings Bay Rotary is partnering with Keep Citrus County Beautiful and One Rake at a Time to host 100 school children from Crystal River Primary School at Hunter Springs and Kings Bay Park. 

    Children and Rotarians will be picking up litter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with Earth Day on Wednesday at the parks. They will also engage the students playing interactive games that teach about cleaning up and protecting the environment.

  • Annual program works to empower victims

    After being shot in the face with a 12-gauge shotgun, Circuit Judge Willard Pope said he spent a lot of time asking, “Why?”