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  • Lecanto grads honored

    Under dark clouds, the roar of almost 350 Panther graduates took over Lecanto High School’s football field Tuesday evening as each celebrated their past achievements with a strong hope for the future. 

    Draped in flowing dark-green gowns, caps and golden tassels, the Lecanto High School Class of 2017 entered the field as enthusiastic families and friends whistled and blew air horns, despite Florida’s finicky weather threatening to shorten the celebration. 

  • 11 percent flow drop OK’d

    Despite an overwhelming chorus of objections from the 70-plus people who attended Tuesday’s Southwest Florida Water Management District meeting in Brooksville, the board voted 9-1 to adopt an 11 percent minimum flow level for the Crystal River/King’s Bay system.

    Board members expressed confidence in their staff’s recommendation that such a decrease in the present flow rate would protect the waterway from impacts associated with groundwater and surface water withdrawals from development.

  • County briefs 5/24/17

    Volunteers wanted for call-down drill

    The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center (NCVC), is hosting a Special Needs Call-Down Drill. It will be from    8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6. The training exercise is being sponsored in partnership with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Section.

  • Council extends burn ban

    With fireworks still planned for the Fourth of July celebration, the city of Crystal River has extended its burn ban into mid-June.

    The city council on Monday voted 4-0 — with Mayor Jim Farley absent — to extend the city’s ban from June 1 to June 12, allowing council members to reconsider the ban during their sole meeting that month.

  • Crystal River weighs stricter fertilizer rules

    Crystal River is a step closer to revamping its rules on fertilizer.

    During the first of two public hearings on Monday, the city council voted 4-0 — with Mayor Jim Farley absent — to approve numerous additions to the city’s current and sole fertilizer ordinance.

    A second public hearing will be on June 12.

  • Trying times for couple dealing with storm repairs

    Slowly but surely, life is starting to return to The Islands.

    If only Nancy and Burl Wilder felt that way.

    The Wilders rent a unit at The Islands, a condominium complex west of Crystal River that was devastated by flooding last September from Hurricane Hermine.

  • Citrus native graduates from Coast Guard Academy
  • Rollover crash
  • Getting ready to soar

    LECANTO — Withlacoochee Technical College showed off its diversity and success during commencement ceremonies that saw 119 graduates from a variety of programs.

    The school that includes specialized instruction for automotive mechanics, culinary arts, welding, electrical, GED and numerous other programs celebrated its graduates Monday night before an enthusiastic crowd of family and friends at Curtis Peterson Auditorium.

  • County briefs 5/23/2017

    Help requested in locating teen

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office requests assistance in finding a missing and endangered teenage girl.

    Jeanna Mae Cornelius, 15, was reported missing on May 17 and is dependent upon daily medication, which she did not have in her possession when she disappeared, according to the sheriff’s office.