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  • Since 2013, 74 lives lost

    The 20 people who have died in Citrus County from traffic crashes so far this year has already surpassed the total for the entire year of 2013.

    That data comes from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which tracks crashes and fatalities on county roads. Overall, there were 4,334 total crashes on Citrus County roads from 2013-15. Of those crashes, 3,216 people suffered injuries and 74 people lost their lives.

    Here is a year-by-year breakout:

  • State agencies work to create safer intersections

    “What does it take to get a traffic light at my corner? Someone to die?”

    It’s a comment heard often at government and transportation meetings where dozens of residents are aligned for a common cause to improve safety conditions on neighborhood roads. But is it true?

    Not according to Matt Weaver, district traffic safety program engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). In fact, Weaver gets upset when he hears it.

  • Sugarmill's man with a plan: Alfred M. Johns

    By Diane Dobry, Correspondent

    Alfred “Big Al” Johns, one of the original developers of Sugarmill Woods, accomplished more in one lifetime than most ever dream of achieving. Aside from serving in the Coast Guard and Navy and receiving a degree from Guilford College in North Carolina, he was a star football player who signed as a quarterback with the Washington Redskins.

  • Sugarmill Woods: Best of both worlds

    By Diane Dobry, Correspondent

  • Name of man who died after crash released

    The Inverness man who died following a rear-end collision Thursday morning east of Inverness has been identified.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 74-year-old Oscar S. Jarrell died at Citrus County Memorial after his 2007 Buick Rendezvous struck the back of a tractor- trailer at around 10:28 a.m. on State Road 44, near the intersection with South Maplenut Way.

  • Former Citrus residents driven from home by floods

    When Kate Stoltz went to bed the night of Friday, Aug. 14, she didn’t think she’d wake up to find water coming through the front door.

    By sundown Saturday, the families of Jimmy and Adam Stoltz had lost most everything but their lives.

  • Reeling in the cameras

    A popular Florida fishing show stopped by Crystal River recently to get viewers hooked on local catches.

    Capt. Rick Murphy, 22-year host of “Sportsman’s Adventures with Captain Rick Murphy,” spent last week filming and enjoying hot spots near the mouth of the Crystal River and offshore scallop beds.

  • County jobless rate up to 7.3 percent

    Citrus County’s unemployment rate continues to be among the highest in Florida.

    Ending July with 930 fewer people in the labor force than it began the month with, Citrus County is tied with Highlands County for having the third-highest unemployment rate at 7.3 percent, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) monthly report, released Friday. The county’s total labor force at the end of the month was 46,535.

  • Don’t understand teens? Here’s your seminar


    What are teens thinking? Why do they do the things they do? How can you understand them better, learn their language, gain their trust?

    For all the “significant adults” in a teen’s life, whether a parent or someone else, Aspire is offering a free informational program from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Citrus County YMCA, 4127 County Road 486, Lecanto.

  • Friday Night Thunder