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  • When Grandma is also Mom

    BEVERLY HILLS — To her six grandchildren, Ronnie Badolato is nothing short of amazing.

    She’s tough and demanding in all the best ways. She’s generous with hugs and kisses, innovative in her ways to find low-cost special treats like dollar movies and dollar bowling for her brood.

    At 62, what Ronnie Badolato lacks in energy and financial resources, she makes up for in devotion and tenacity.

    To her grandchildren, she’s not just Grandma, but mom and dad, guardian, protector, provider and advocate.

  • Environmentalist criticizes wetland mitigation for U.S. 19

    The state taketh, but it can giveth, too.

    Still, even in the giveth part, longtime Citrus County environmental activist Ron Miller thinks the state’s system for mitigating destruction of wetlands needs to be changed.

    Miller, vice president of the Homosassa River Alliance (HRA), is incensed the money the state will have to put up for taking wetlands in Citrus County when it widens U.S. 19 later this decade will go to a project in Pasco County.

  • Florida heads for private wetland mitigation banking

    In Florida, a state long notorious for its annual wetlands loss to development, the law says if you take wetlands in a permitted development, you have to give wetlands back in one way or another.

    Private mitigation banking is the trend of the future in wetland mitigation, according to officials involved in environmental mitigation, and anyone concerned about wetland loss in Florida should understand how it works, they say.

  • Retail therapy: Auto dealer upgrades new $2M showroom

    HOMOSASSA — Exactly 28 years to the date after Crystal Chevrolet first opened its doors in 1984, the notable local company moved into its fresh, updated showroom on U.S. 19 in Homosassa.

    It wasn’t planned to make the shift June 18, insisted Steve Lamb, owner of Crystal Motor Car Company Inc.

    “It was just one of those freaks of nature,” he said with a hearty laugh.

  • Program to stay put: Federal plan excels at health department

    LECANTO — Behind-the-scenes efforts to potentially move a federally funded program from the Citrus County Health Department to private interests have run into a major barrier.

    Simply, according to health department officials, it can’t be done.

    The health department is guaranteed the program until 2016, and even then a switchover is unlikely unless the health department finds itself in disfavor with state and federal agencies that oversee the program.

  • One dead in Beverly Hills shooting

    Two were injured and one person died following a shooting Saturday afternoon.

    According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, shots were fired around 4 p.m. at a residence in Beverly Hills. Heather Yates, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, stated the incident was domestic-related.

  • EDC honors the best in the business

    LECANTO — Chad Damron pushed back tears as he accepted the Outstanding Employer Award on behalf of LKQ Corp. 

  • Dentist delivers free services

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Sam, a young man from Dunnellon, arrived at the dentist’s office prepared.

  • DNC amazes Citrus pair

    Mike Gudis and Samuel Davis had just a dandy time in Charlotte, N.C., this week. And they hope the party carries on through the Nov. 6 election.

  • Local faces child abuse charges

    A 28-year-old Beverly Hills man was arrested Friday on four counts of aggravated child abuse, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. The alleged victim is a 4-year-old boy.