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  • 'If you can't play nice, play derby'

    OCALA — They’re tough and tenacious in black fishnet stockings, short-shorts and At.Ti.Tude.

    They’re bulldozers on eight wheels with names like Grenade O’Connor, Tank R. Bell, Bombshell Brawler and Bonesaw Betty.

    They’re the women of roller derby, plowing their way around the Skate Mania rink in neighboring Marion County as the Ocala Cannibals.

    Their motto: “If you can’t play nice, play derby.”

  • Couple gets prison for child abuse

    INVERNESS — A young couple accused of hurting their then-5-week-old baby and trying to cover it up for days changed their pleas Friday and were both sent to prison.

    Peggy Sue Wood, 21, whose charges included aggravated child abuse and neglect, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 10 years of probation in a plea deal; her boyfriend Gerald Alonzo Williams, 23, was given 8 1/2 years with no probation for aggravated child neglect, also in a plea deal.

  • Search for plane moves to Hernando County

    Searchers looking for a missing pilot and plane crossed into Hernando County on Friday, thus handing the lead in the multi-agency law enforcement and volunteer effort to officials in that county.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Heather Yates said Friday that aircraft were still flying over the Citrus tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, but that the bulk of the operation has shifted southward.

  • CEO says CMHS transition smooth

    Three weeks into his new position, Citrus Memorial Health System interim CEO Ralph Aleman reports positive progress in the transition to new ownership. 

    Since taking the position, Aleman said he has met with 57 people in the community, one-on-one.

    “Everyone is looking forward to the new way of Citrus Memorial,” he said Friday, addressing the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce. “My job is to focus on that. They’re tired of all the negative stories.”

  • CEO says CMHS transition smooth

    Three weeks into his new position, Citrus Memorial Health System interim CEO Ralph Aleman reports positive progress in the transition to new ownership. 

    Since taking the position, Aleman said he has met with 57 people in the community, one-on-one.

    “Everyone is looking forward to the new way of Citrus Memorial,” he said Friday, addressing the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce. “My job is to focus on that. They’re tired of all the negative stories.”

  • Crystal River bike path dedicated
  • Businesses face May 1 deadline

    While the federal income tax deadline hits Tuesday, business owners have another deadline looming.

    The Florida Department of State requires all business entities, including nonprofits, to submit annual reports by May 1.

    An annual report must be filed each year with the Florida Department of State. It is not a financial statement, but a system to keep a business’s most current data on file with the Division of Corporations (DOC). It must be filed whether a business needs to make changes or not.
     

  • Filing under the wire

    Anyone who owes income taxes is sliding toward the 11th hour for payment.

    Fortunately, help can be available at a public library through AARP’s Tax-Aide program. Just call 211 for an appointment at Homosassa Public Library and Lakes Region Library in Inverness today, Citrus Springs Memorial Library and Crystal River Moose Lodge on Monday and Floral City Public Library on Tuesday.

  • Crime spree against neighbors lands man in jail

    A Hernando man faces multiple charges after allegedly committing crimes against two of his neighbors.

    Jacob Mayeu, 28, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with burglary to an occupied residence, burglary with battery, auto theft and misdemeanor petit theft.

  • Monday Conversation - Eric Head

    BEVERLY HILLS — Eric Head, Citrus County Library System (CCLS) director of library services, grew up at the library.

    Every day after school, he would walk across the street from Homosassa Elementary to the tiny library behind the fire station where his mother, Wylene Head, worked as a librarian. She retired in 2011 after 35 years.