Local News

  • Open-heart surgery patient 10 years later

    LECANTO — At 89, Donald Young doesn’t remember much about his quadruple bypass open-heart surgery 10 years ago, but he does remember being thankful the heart unit at Citrus Memorial Health System was there.

    “It was in the afternoon, and I had chest pains,” he said. “My wife drove me to the hospital, and the next thing I knew the doctor was talking to me about what he was going to do.”

  • Decade of mending hearts

    INVERNESS - A little more than 10 years ago, a patient needing open-heart surgery had to leave the county to get help. But during the past decade, since Jan. 5, 2004, more than 2,000 open-heart surgeries have been performed at Citrus Memorial Heart and Vascular Center.

    Before the center opened at Citrus Memorial hospital, 450 Citrus County residents had been estimated to leave the county every year for heart surgery, which imposed travel and overnight stays on family members, as patients sought life-saving treatment in Ocala, Gainesville, Tampa and beyond.

  • Panel selects CEO for hospital

    INVERNESS — A health care executive with 31 years of administrative experience is poised to become the interim chief executive officer of Citrus Memorial Health System.

    Robert Davis III, of Tampa, received unanimous backing Saturday evening from a four-person committee representing both the Citrus County Hospital Board and Citrus Memorial Health Foundation.

    The committee interviewed four applicants Saturday afternoon. After a brief break, each member immediately said Davis was his or her first choice.

  • Accomplishments fly high

    Citrus County Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron FL-315 recently conducted its annual awards banquet, highlighted by the STEM ROBOTIC program, with these cadets receiving certificates: C/A1C Michael A. Bush, 1st Lt. John M. Korycki, C/A1C Karlin Ray, C/SrA. Pablo Remis, C/A1C Garrett Wyman and C/SMSgt. Jonathan Dovi.

  • Floating classroom

    By Rochelle Kaiser
    Staff writer
    Fifth-grade students at Homosassa Elementary School took their classroom outdoors for a day of learning on the high seas.

    With assistance of the Homosassa Guides Association, several fishing guides volunteered their time, fuel, fishing poles and bait on Wednesday to take students out on the Homosassa River for a day of fishing and learning.

    “I’ve never caught a fish before,” said Heather Osborn.

  • Free dental clinic hopes to open ‘in the near future’

    HOMOSASSA — Chairs and equipment have been installed.

    So, when is the long-awaited free Citrus County dental clinic going to open?

    “I think people are upset in the delay in the clinic opening,” said Joe Papp, director of the Samaritan Dental and Medical Clinic. “We have dentists and a dental assistant right now working together to make sure that we have everything ready.”

  • Line Avenue closed for road construction

    INVERNESS — Line Avenue, north of Dampier Street, is closed due to road construction. The $275,000 project is part of a scheduled resurfacing project for Lake Street, North Line Avenue, North Talmage Avenue, Mossy Oak Drive and North Trout Avenue, according to Katie Cottrell, Inverness public works director.

  • Report: Ex-worker charged $9,000 in gas

    It wasn’t a fill-up or two that got Constantina Emmanuel in trouble.

    The former nine-year county worker illegally used a government-issued gasoline card to charge $9,000 in fuel for her and her 19-year-old son, authorities contend.

    Emmanuel, known as Dina to her co-workers and the public, lost her job Dec. 27 after an internal county investigation that followed an anonymous tip saying she was using the county government-issued Wright Express card to gas up her own vehicles.

  • Workshop addresses springs crowding

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Friday afternoon, all sides involved in the debate about reducing overcrowding in the canals fronting the entrance to Three Sisters Springs — the very popular destination for man, watercraft and manatees — got a chance to stake their positions.

  • Former county worker faces fraud charges

    A former Citrus County government worker who was fired in late December on accusations of improper use of the county gasoline card is now facing criminal charges.

    Constantina Emmanuel, 42, of Crystal River, turned herself in to Citrus County sheriff’s deputies Wednesday evening on a warrant charge of scheming to defraud less than $20,000. She was jailed on $2,000 bond.