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  • County wants more details on CRA plans

    INVERNESS — Citrus County commissioners said Wednesday they hope to find compromise with the city of Inverness over plans to expand the community redevelopment district to include Citrus Memorial Hospital.

    Commissioners interviewed said they have questions about the city’s intentions and want those questions answered before saying whether they support the move or not.

  • Expert: Squabbles over redevelopment are normal

    INVERNESS — The strong words between county and city of Inverness officials at a meeting Tuesday spilled over in twin letters sent from both entities soon after it ended.

    City Manager Frank DiGiovanni wrote that it appears a movement is afoot by the county to prolong the process Inverness is following to expand its community redevelopment area. 

  • Adams: I was responsible for parking lot designation

    County Commissioner Scott Adams said this week he was the one who decided to double a Purple Heart Wounded Warriors designated parking spot with a county commission spot as well.

    Someone removed the county commission sign Saturday morning after a Facebook uproar that day. The county had planned to remove it Monday.

    The county commission, at the request of Lecanto Middle School eighth-graders, agreed in November to place the special parking designation in the courthouse parking lot.

  • Slugger's daughter pens memoir of life with famous dad

    HERNANDO — To the world, he was known as “The Splendid Splinter,” “The Kid,” “Teddy Ballgame” and No. 9 on the Boston Red Sox. But to Claudia Williams, he was simply Dad.

    On Tuesday, Williams spoke to a full auditorium of guests and members of the Citrus Hills Book Club, answering questions and telling stories about her dad that she reveals in her book, “Ted Williams, My Father: A Memoir.”

  • Killer gets life in prison

    “I’m spending the rest of my life in prison,” Benjamin Robert Dick said Wednesday in response to Judge Richard Howard’s statement, “There’s no parole.”

    “The life sentence means you die in prison,” the judge said.

  • Sheriff honors local heroes

    CITRUS SPRINGS — For a job they’re expected to do everyday by the community, Citrus County sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, dispatchers and staff still manage to go above and beyond the call for service.

    Sheriff Jeff Dawsy did not mince words when recognizing his many employees during the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office awards ceremony on Tuesday.

  • Homosassa celebrates shrimp

    It’s time for the good times to roll again.

    On Saturday, the Rotary Club of Homosassa Springs Charitable Foundation Inc. will hold its annual Shrimpapalooza from 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

    Organizers call it a “Light up the Town” party from morning until night. It will kick off with a New 

    Orleans-style Mardi Gras parade, according to the Rotary Club’s Tom Feeney.

  • Kitchen defends BH pool vote

    County Commissioner Ron Kitchen doubled down Wednesday on his philosophy of governance to explain why he voted against a measure the day before to repair the community pool in Beverly Hills.

    County commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to spend about $100,000 to renovate the pool at the Beverly Hills Recreation Center complex and to spend an additional $50,000 annually to maintain it. The pool came into public ownership in 2011.

  • City to begin Riverwalk design

    Board members of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) district approved a motion Monday night to start with a conceptual-design plan for the Riverwalk project.

    The anticipated design of the Riverwalk will essentially connect waterfront businesses to the downtown area.

  • Wreck sends two to hospital