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  • Local spine surgeon speaks out about scathing online article

    Spine surgeon Constantine Toumbis admits he’s had better weeks.

    ProPublica, an online investigative journalism site, has published two lengthy articles that don’t portray the Citrus County doctor in the best light.

  • Putting its best face first

    Polls are sort of like Florida’s weather: if you don’t see one you like, wait awhile and it will change.

    Last month, thrillist.com ranked the Sunshine State dead last in a number of tongue-in-cheek categories, including its endless spate of oddball stories.

  • CF offering payment plan for tuition

    Add a tuition payment plan to the tools now available for making a college education more financially accessible.

    The College of Central Florida is offering a no-interest payment plan with online enrollment and flexible payment options.

    And anyone considering it for the upcoming semester can still squeak in, with restrictions.

  • Water district: Citrus’ needs to grow, but not like Sumter’s

    INVERNESS — The future water needs of Citrus and other counties in the Southwest Water Florida Water Management District came into focus Thursday at the last of five workshops discussing the findings of a draft regional water supply plan.

    Water district officials identified potential alternatives for sources of water. The primary source of water for all uses in the district is the Floridan Aquifer.

  • JOY OF THE RIDE

    Citrus County has become a destination for people from many walks of life, and for different reasons.

    Motorcycling is one of them. The motorcycle culture here is expansive and growing. 

    “Florida tends to be very flat, except for Citrus County,” said Linda Dalton, fit specialist at Crystal Harley-Davidson, and longtime 

  • Riders mix business with pleasure

    Some people in Citrus County love motorcycling so much, they made a business out of it. 

    This is true for the owners of Crystal Harley-Davidson. It is also true for Wayne Hicks, owner of Wayne’s Citrus Cycles Inc., and Dana Konst, owner of Dana’s Biker Expressions. 

  • Alleged cybercriminal was spammer, feds say

    Spam in any form or degree is usually unwanted.

    Spam is the reason why alleged hacker Dewayne Watts of Hernando and two of his accused conspirators are being held on federal charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Watts, 28, was one of 12 people arrested July 15 during Operation Shrouded Cloud. He stands accused of conspiring to send misleading text messages past spam filters to millions of cellphones.

  • County commissioners: MSBU yes, fire tax no

    * What: Citrus County Board of County Commissioners meeting.

    * When: 1 p.m. Tuesday.

    * Where: Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness.

    * On the Web: www.citrusbocc.com.

     

  • Hallinan calls off CAIR meeting

    The meeting between gun store owner Andy Hallinan and Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), will not take place today as originally planned.

    The two were set to meet at Florida Gun Supply, at 118 N. Pine Ave. in Inverness, to discuss terrorism, religion and the Quran.

  • 2-year-old boy drowns in pond

    A 2-year-old boy found lifeless in a small pond Friday afternoon was later declared dead at a hospital.

    According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Ethan Adams was outside with his mother and her boyfriend at their house at 9520 W. Dunedin Road near Dunnellon when he wandered into the house’s backyard, where there’s a small pond.