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  • FDOT moves problem pole in Floral City crosswalk

    FLORAL CITY — One of the pedestrian crosswalk poles at a key intersection in Floral City has been relocated in hopes of preventing future accidents.

    Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kris Carson said the pole on the northeast corner of U.S. 41 and County Road 48 (also called Orange Avenue) was moved about 10 feet to the east. The pole was repeatedly knocked down by vehicles trying to make right-hand turns off C.R. 48. 

  • Road rage led to deadly shooting

    “No, no, no. You don’t need to follow him to his house, you need to go home.”

    Those were the last words from a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher to Candelario Reyneldo Gonzalez’s wife Thursday just after 5 p.m., warning her not to pursue the other driver in a road-rage incident near Beverly Hills.

    Moments later, Gonzalez was dead, allegedly killed by the man he and his wife were quarreling with. 

    He was 44 years old.

  • County real estate looks strong for June

    The first month of summer brought hotter-than-normal temperatures and plenty of rain to Citrus County — not exactly a great way to kick off summer.

    However, the month of June was very good to real estate agents. Florida Realtors released its monthly housing market report and it showed Citrus County had a good showing in many key indicators. Among them were:

  • Hemrick making another run for county sheriff

    Hank Hemrick is no rookie when it comes to running for sheriff of Citrus County.

    Hemrick, who prefiled his candidacy with the Citrus County’s Supervisor of Elections on Wednesday, will be taking his fourth trip down the campaign trail in pursuit of the office — an office Sheriff Jeff Dawsy will have occupied for 20 years when he steps down.

  • Walmart wants to change electric rate structure

    Whether Walmart and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group can opt out of paying part of the energy conservation cost recovery rate charged by Duke Energy Florida and other regulated state utilities was argued Wednesday before the Public Service Commission.

    The energy conservation cost recovery charge (ECCR) shows up on all customer bills. It pays for a variety of energy conservation programs.

  • Health dept. director resigns

    Citrus Public Health Department Director Lisa McCafferty has resigned, the Florida Department of Health said Thursday evening.

  • City needs more time to set up fire dept.

    INVERNESS — The city will not be ready by Oct. 1 to unveil its new fire department, and officials will meet next week with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office to discuss a short-term contract for services, City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said.

    DiGiovanni’s comments came a day after a divided county commission voted against an interlocal agreement that set up parameters of a transition to an Inverness fire department, and then voted for a fire tax that excludes Inverness.

  • One dead in BH shooting

    A Beverly Hills man was fatally shot Thursday afternoon in Beverly Hills.

    Responding Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies unsuccessfully attempted to revive 44-year-old Candelario Reyneldo Gonzalez, who was shot multiple times, a little after 5 p.m. on South Desoto Street. Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Heather Yates said.

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  • One dead in Beverly Hills shooting

    A shooting left one man dead Thursday afternoon on a Beverly Hills street. Investigators with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office have taped off a large portion of South Desoto Street. An official from the sheriff's office said one person is in custody. The investigation is ongoing.