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  • Group seeks to form cultural alliance

    LECANTO — A new group is looking to unite government, business, art and interested individuals to form a cultural alliance.

    In April, the Citrus Cultural Alliance (CCA) marked its one-year anniversary since the group’s formation. Nearly a dozen community leaders with connections to the local arts and culture scene sit on the coalition’s board.

  • Gone to the dogs (and cats)

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Kneeling gently on her knees, Rose Eishtadt couldn’t resist getting slobbery kisses from Remus, a sweet terrier-mix dog.

    “If I could take them all, I would,” Eishtadt said.
    A variety of area pet rescue groups joined up with Precious Paws Rescue on Saturday for the 2012 North Shore Animal League America’s 17th annual International Pet Adoptathon at the Crystal River Mall.

  • FDOT restarts turnpike plans

    The state has not given up on the idea of extending Florida’s Turnpike from its Wildwood terminus to Lebanon Station in Levy County.

    “As Florida continues to grow, we need to identify future corridors,” said Ananth Prasad, secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), speaking to the Chronicle editorial board recently. “This area’s going to grow; Florida’s going to grow. We’ll be the third most populous state in the next three to four years.”

  • Kidnapping suspect sought

    FLORAL CITY — The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and her daughter.

    According to officials, dispatchers received a call shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday about a possible kidnapping of a 29-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter on East Gobbler Drive in Floral City.
    Neighbors reportedly heard a gunshot and screams for help before a vehicle sped away from the residence.

  • Per capita, Citrus second-safest county in state

    Based on population, Citrus County is the second safest in Florida, surpassed only by Santa Rosa County in the Panhandle, according to the recently released Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime numbers.

    This county has the second-lowest crime rate per 100,000 citizens, according to the report.

    And, according to sheriff’s office officials, it took a combination of things to get those results.

  • Official explains King’s Bay rule

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The supervisor whose office authored and is now trying to implement the controversial rules about waterborne activities in King’s Bay tried to clear the air Wednesday.

    Dave Hankla, field supervisor of the North Florida ecological services office of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, also laid out what he calls a deliberative and well-researched process used by his office to reach the rules they announced March 15.

    A process, Hankla insists, which also included several compromises to the original proposal they unveiled in June 2011.

  • Working toward a more accessible world

    INVERNESS — Gary Marienthal and Roy Johnson travel on their motorized scooter chairs together.

    Both residents of Crown Court Assisted Living Facility in Inverness, they like their independence and being able to get around town on their own.

  • The history of the ADA

    It’s the basis for our national existence — “all men are created equal” as our founding fathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence.

    However, as our national history has proven, not every person has been treated equally.

    According to the 2010 U.S. Census, nearly 34 million Americans live with disabilities in the United States, almost 28,000 in Citrus County at the time of the census.

  • Services available to elderly and disabled

    If you’re elderly or disabled, where do you go if you need help?

    At a recent meeting of the Citrus County Alliance, a group of local social service agencies that provide assistance to county residents, Vidya Hogan, Elder Options director of consumer services from Gainesville, spoke about her agency and what it does.

    Basically, she said, it is an aging and disability resource center, offering information and referrals.

  • Police search for alleged kidnapper

    Shortly after 10 p.m. on Thursday, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a call about a possible kidnapping involving a mother and her child.

    Neighbors reported hearing a gunshot, followed by screams for help. They also witnessed a vehicle leaving the residence on E. Gobbler Drive at a high rate of speed.