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  • Pedaling in comfort: Enthusiasts tout benefits of using recumbent bicycles

    Recumbent bikes are setting the pace as pedal-powered tourism keeps growing in Citrus County.

    Thanks to the Withlacoochee State Trail, the county — especially Inverness — is widely known as a great place to ride.
    The economic impact of the trail was discussed at a recent meeting of the Tourism Development Council. Vice chairman Linda Bega pointed out that Inverness is becoming known as a city for bicycles.

  • Citrus Springs boy, 12, struck in road

    A Citrus Springs 12-year-old was struck by a vehicle on County Road 491 and injured late Saturday night.

    Austin Prather, 12, received minor injuries in the incident and was taken for treatment to St. Joseph’s Hospital, according to a report from Florida Highway Patrol.

    The FHP report states Tasha Pinney-Martell, 23, of Lecanto, was traveling south in a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS at around 

  • Shed fire damages motor coach

    A shed caught fire just before midnight on Friday near U.S. 19 in Crystal River.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Division of Fire Rescue responded at 11:55 p.m. Friday to a call to 10173 N. Suncoast Blvd.

    Engine 91 from the Derosa Station arrived at 12:07 a.m. Saturday to find one shed smoldering. It canceled other units as the fire was out and the crew could handle it, according to a report from L.J. White, battalion chief.

  • Floral City mobile home burns

    A fire on Saturday night was reported to have destroyed a Floral City mobile home.

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Division of Fire Rescue responded at 9:57 p.m. to a call regarding a singlewide fixed mobile structure at 4767 S. White Terrace, owned by James P. Rouse and occupied by Brian Nevills and Stacy Cembrola, according to a report prepared by Craig Stevens, battalion chief.

  • Soapbox hero: Ocala derby win sends third-grader to big race

    Jeremy Falls is a newbie in the brave world of soapbox racing, but the third-grader has already made his mark and is poised for more.

    The St. Paul Lutheran pupil and Citrus Springs resident was one of three racers in different categories to be crowned champions at Ocala Soap Box Derby race earlier this month.

    Falls won in the stock category and is getting ready to compete in the 76th All-American Soap Box Derby July 27 in Akron, Ohio.

    Falls competed in the age 7-13 category, which has a 200-pound limit for car and driver.

  • Thorpe not only one on way out

    Brad Thorpe may not be the only high-level Citrus County official vacating the Courthouse.

    Three others — County Attorney Richard Wesch, Assistant County Administrator Ken Frink and Public Information Officer Lindsay Ubinas — are awaiting calls for potential job opportunities elsewhere.

    All three say their circumstances are unrelated to Thorpe’s, the county administrator who last week announced his retirement.

  • Eight administrators led Citrus

    If all goes as planned, Brad Thorpe will become the first Citrus County administrator to retire — not resign, be fired or forced out.

    Thorpe is the eighth county administrator. The average tenure is four or five years.

    Here’s a brief look at the county’s administrators:

  • Legal livestock: County code clarifies rules for keeping large animals on acreage

    The property advertisement read “Bring your animals,” and that is what Larry and Irene Hearold did when they moved to Lecanto from Massachusetts.

    They brought their horses Judd and Faye to their new home on about 4.8 acres in West Rusk Lane to begin enjoying their retirement. But they faced another hurdle when they tried to build a barn.

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  • For Blind Americans, building furniture means building character

    HERNANDO — Bob Krokker keeps on ticking. The founder and president of the nonprofit Blind Americans has gone through his share of trials and setbacks, including the death of his wife Evelyn in 2010, an accident that landed him in rehab for seven months shortly after that and the organization being dropped from United Way funding around the same time.