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  • Retirement party
  • In Levy, too, residents say they're 'at the mercy of FEMA'

    Levy County residents who sustained damage when Hurricane Hermine swept by on Sept. 1 should not hold their breath for a check from FEMA, say emergency management officials.

    FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, does not do things that way any longer. Since 2002, federal law has established a process for obtaining federal aid.

  • State attorney investigating alleged road-rage incident

    The State Attorney’s Office is investigating an alleged early September road-rage incident which led to the death of a Hernando man.

    An Ocala hospital contacted the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 6 about a patient, 46-year-old Chad Medeiros, who claimed he was injured in a road-rage incident that day off U.S. 41 near Inverness, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.

  • Now the time to request ballot

    Request your mail ballot for the presidential general election now.

    Any qualified registered voter in Citrus County is entitled to a vote-by-mail ballot. The ballot may be requested in person, by mail, email, fax, phone or website. An immediate family member or legal guardian may request a vote-by-mail ballot for a voter. Immediate family means the voter’s spouse, parent, grandparent, child or sibling.

  • Waiting for a bite
  • C.R. looks at higher city hall

    Hurricane Hermine could leave Crystal River with a new city hall.

    City officials have been discussing getting a new city hall on and off for several years, but funding has been an issue.

    “And it’s not going to happen if we can’t find a funding source,” City Manager Dave Burnell said Wednesday evening.

    Now the city is exploring whether emergency funding from the federal government can make a new city hall a reality.

  • COURT DIGEST: Probation violation triggers 12-year sentence

    A circuit court judge on Wednesday sentenced an Inverness woman with a history of violating her drug probation to 12 years in prison for doing it again.

    In October 2014, Judge Richard “Ric” Howard placed Amber Lynn Posey, now 21, on a five-year stretch of drug-

    offender probation after she accepted a plea deal on a December 2013 charge of armed robbery.

  • Gas plant on track at Duke

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Although it’s been shut down more than three years, life still goes on at Duke Energy’s Crystal River nuclear power plant.

    About 70 people are still employed there and are part of the plant’s decommissioning team, according to Duke Energy spokeswoman Heather Danenhower. That does not include security officers and contractors.

  • Two political forums Thursday night

    It’s not the way organizers planned it but candidates and voters have a pair of choices for political forums Thursday.

    The Save Our Waters Week candidates’ forum is at 7 p.m. at the College of Central Florida. At the same time, the Citrus Springs Civic Association is havings its candidates’ forum at the community center on West Citrus Springs Boulevard.

    Organizers for both forums said they didn’t realize the other had been scheduled for the same evening.

  • Oliver stops euthanizations

    County Administrator Randy Oliver said Wednesday he is working on a plan to “bridge the gap” in the process that leads to euthanizations at the Citrus County Animal Shelter and should have the plan ready to go next week.

    In the meantime, he is stopping euthanasia for dogs deemed aggressive at the shelter.

    “Until I get the new policy, we’ll forgo that,” Oliver told the Chronicle Editorial Board.