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  • Explorers compete at CR Mall

    For Citrus County deputies, it was all about helping young people considering careers in law enforcement.

    This week, about 350 Police Explorers came to Crystal River to compete. Local law enforcement served as judges and advisors.

  • Workshop to address springs

    As part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan process — the 15-year management plan — and in response to concerns expressed by the public, local businesses and environmental interests, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has set a public workshop for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 11.

    The workshop will address Three Sisters Springs waterway management. It will be in the Magnolia Room at the Plantation resort, 9301 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River.

  • Saturday will be a blast in Homosassa

    By Rochelle Kaiser

    Beacon Editor

    Homosassa is preparing to celebrate Independence Day with a charity poker run and a magnificent display of fireworks during the annual Homosassa River Fireworks Festival and Poker Run from 8 a.m. until dark Saturday, June 29, along the Homosassa River.

  • County to borrow $3M for building upgrades

    With no funds to repair seven buildings, four county commissioners on Tuesday agreed to a plan that requires borrowing $3 million, but loan payments would be made with energy savings — money that otherwise would go to utility companies anyway. 

    The company offering the deal also promised a check to make up the difference to the county if the energy savings falls short. It conducted an energy audit showing the county could save 28 percent — $214,000 a year — on power bills.

  • Bringing home the bronze

    INVERNESS — Scott Goss says it’s Kismet that he lives in Inverness — in the Highlands, no less.

    A Scotsman, he loves all things tartan and shortbread, Nessie and moors and especially castles. He recently built a castle in his yard to cover his well cap. But that’s just a foretaste of the bronze castle inside his home.

    A lifelong artist, Goss previously made his living as a bronze sculptor in Colorado. He moved from Loveland, Colo., to Inverness about two years ago.

  • Man arrested in suspected scam

    A Fort Lauderdale man faces a felony charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer after a local woman accused him of trying to get money from her, claiming the woman had won $4.5 million and saying she needed to pay taxes on the winnings.

    The suspect, 33-year-old Melek Rodney, reportedly contacted the woman multiple times and went to her home on South Diamond Avenue in Inverness while pretending to be an FBI agent. 

  • Volunteers care for Carver

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Harold Walker has been the catalyst reviving a long-dormant community dream, but he has also been called “a blessing.”

    Wednesday, Walker was joined by fellow employees from the Crystal River nuclear plant at the construction site of the George Washington Carver Community Center. 

  • Inglis man charged with attempted murder

    Chiefland Citizen

    An Inglis man was arrested Tuesday by Levy County sheriff’s deputies and charged with attempted first-degree murder and arson.

  • Attorney to Benatar: Play or pay

    An Inverness cardiologist behind the festival that bears his name is hoping disappointed ticket holders from last Friday’s canceled Pat Benatar concert will give him time to arrange a make-up date.

    Bill Grant, the attorney representing Dr. Dennis Walker, said he is working with Benatar’s agents to reschedule a concert at the Citrus County Fairgrounds.

    If that doesn’t happen, Grant said Walker may sue Benatar and Clearwater concert producer Deborah Nader for breach of contract.

  • Juvenile arrested in sex battery case

    A sexual encounter that began as a consensual affair between two teens ended with one of them facing a rape charge.

    Deputies on Monday arrested a 16-year-old boy from Inverness and charged him with felony sexual battery on a person more than 12 years old while the victim was helpless. According to the sheriff’s office Facebook page, the female is age 18.