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  • Two arrested in separate cases of battery

    HOMOSASSA — A Homosassa woman is accused of biting a man and lunging at him with a steak knife causing a minor wound on his abdomen, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office report.

    Heather May Moon, 21, was charged with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon Jan. 25.

  • Fires strike local houses Friday

    Two house fires Friday caused minor to moderate damage to one house and totally destroyed another home, according to Citrus County Sheriff’s Office reports.

    At 11:19 p.m., Friday, firefighters responded to a structure fire at 1949 W. Test Court in Dunnellon. The first Citrus County unit to arrive was Engine 141 from the Citrus Springs fire station at 11:33.

    Dunnellon Fire Rescue and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded as mutual aid help.

  • Tip-top toe-tappers

    HOMOSASSA — Senior dancers tapped to a solid four beat as the Andrews Sisters’ song, “Bounce Me Brother with a Solid Four,” played numerous times until the dancers perfected their routine. 

    Debbie Cole’s School of Dance’s senior tap dancing advanced class gets in the swing twice a week at Cole’s studio.

    The ladies, who are in their 60s, 70s and 80s, agree age has not kept them from having fun while at the same time keeping themselves physically fit. 

  • Land code bogs down local board

    The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) started to conduct a workshop Tuesday about the history and progress of rewriting the Land Development Code (LDC), but ran out of time and couldn’t cover the territory.

    The workshop got off to a late start as it followed a meeting of the Citrus County Port Authority that also started late, too.

  • Soldier home on leave talks about Afghanistan

    CRYSTAL RIVER — For Army Cpl. Allen “Gator” Cochran, military service is about the mission.

    It’s about discipline and routine, doing good, bringing order, and brokering and keeping the peace.

    Currently, Cochran is with 11 Bravo Infantry, stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., and back from an 11-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

    Earlier this week, the 22-year-old Crystal River native sat down with the Chronicle, his dad, Allen Cochran Sr., by his side, and talked about his experiences in the Army and being “over there.”

  • Case against Halls River Resort to move forward

    HOMOSASSA — A judge’s decision last week will allow a Homosassa resident to move forward with her effort to stop a project from being built on the Halls River.

    Joanne Bartell objected last summer when county commissioners approved an amendment to the comprehensive development plan to allow the construction of a property known as Halls River Resort, a mix of 31 stilt cabins, manager’s residence and restaurant on 11 acres of woodland on the Halls River in Homosassa.

  • Rotary Club doles out fundraising money

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The success of last year’s Stone Crab Jam meant only one thing to Kings Bay Rotary Club: more money to give back to the community.

    The rotary behind the annual seafood event gave a grand total of $11,330 Thursday night to the various local organizations that supplied volunteer labor at the Stone Crab Jam in November.

  • About 3,000 watch 13th annual Truck & Tractor Pull at fairgrounds

    INVERNESS — The crowd cheered as beefed-up engines roared while pulling weighted sleds and struggling to make it to the full-pull line Sunday during the 13th annual Truck & Tractor Pull at the Citrus County Fairgrounds in Inverness.

    The event, which is sponsored by the Citrus County Fair Association, uses its proceeds to add additional scholarships for youths who participate in competitive county fair exhibits and its livestock program, said Hal Porter, the association’s manager.

  • Slow down on Turner Camp Road

    INVERNESS — From Ella Avenue at U.S. 41 to the end at the boat ramp into the Withlacoochee River, it takes between 13 and 15 minutes to drive the seven miles of Turner Camp Road.

    That’s if you obey the speed limit signs — longer if you are stopped for speeding.

    Recently, the county put up several different signs, lowering the speed limit in places, which caught regular commuters by surprise and caused a bit of an uproar for the county public works department, said Larry Brock, deputy public works director.

  • I-75 closed Sunday near Gainesville

    Highway pileup kills 9

    Fire may have been set

    Associated Press