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  • County students shine at scholar awards

    Citrus County gathered Wednesday night to shine a spotlight on some of its youngest and brightest residents — graduating high school seniors who have achieved outstanding academic and personal accomplishments.

    Several students were recognized in the presence of their parents and community leaders at the College of Central Florida during the annual Golden Citrus Scholar Award presentation.

  • Memories of Vietnam linger

    INVERNESS –— Fred Adams rises from a chair and offers his hand to the visitor in the den.

    His wife, Patty, sits to his right. Opposite on a sofa is Adams’ nephew Scott, the county commissioner.

    Fred Adams is 84 and a Vietnam veteran. He lost his sight in the war, but Patty says he is self-sufficient in every way. That ham radio antenna on the roof? Fred placed it up there himself, Patty says proudly.

  • State set to disband regional planning council

    The Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council (WRPC) is having an emergency meeting of its board of directors this evening to discuss the proposed disbanding of that agency,

    Senate Bill 2015 would effectively dissolve the WRPC and the five counties that make up that council — Citrus, Hernando, Marion, Sumter and Levy — would be incorporated into three of the 10 remaining councils.

  • Teens turn on each other

    Editor's note: Due to an error in submitted information as well as reporter error, this story warrants correcting. Bryan Robinson is 16.

    Two teens accused of killing a man and leaving him in a hot tub for several days are blaming each other.

  • Spanking leads to local arrest

    A Crystal River area man was arrested Monday on a charge of aggravated child abuse for allegedly spanking a 7-year-old boy multiple times to the point where the child could not sit down at school.

    The Department of Children and Families (DCF) was told by personnel with the boy’s school on April 21 that the student came forward, saying Melvin Alvin Judson Jr., 32, had spanked him on the rear end, making it hard to sit down, according to Judson’s arrest report.

  • Dutch resident seeks to adopt a grave for WWII vet

    INVERNESS — During World War II, Holland was invaded by Nazi Germany, and after five years of occupation in which more than 200,000 Dutch civilians lost their lives, the Allies — which included American and British forces — freed the small country and its people. 

    A number of American soldiers lost their lives on Dutch soil, and 8,301 are buried there at the Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten. 

  • County backs Crosstown Trail project

    INVERNESS — Citrus County commissioners are going along with the wishes of Crystal River officials regarding a Crosstown Trail project — sort of.

    The board voted 5-0 Tuesday night to build a trail head on recently purchased property on U.S. 19 near Citrus Avenue that will include restrooms.

    City officials do not want restrooms at the trailhead, fearing vandalism or other crime from transients or thehomeless, commissioners said.

  • Hospice cleared in wrongful death suit

    DADE CITY — A local hospice that was the focus of a wrongful death lawsuit emerged victorious last week when a jury ruled one of its nurses wasn’t negligent for not destroying medication that later led to the accidental death of a New Port Richey woman.

  • School board gets first look at 2015-16 budget

    Despite grim news about a budget solution in the Florida Legislature, the uptick in home valuations is helping school officials make positive fiscal projections for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    Kenny Blocker, Citrus County School District assistant superintendent for business services, unveiled the district’s budget projections and needs for the upcoming fiscal year during a workshop Tuesday before the school board.

  • Board backs off shelter 10-day plan

    INVERNESS — County commissioners heard loud and clear on Tuesday from animal activists about their euthanasia plan for the Citrus County Animal Shelter.

    And activists hadn’t even said a word.

    On a day when some residents stood in the pouring rain to protest a proposed 10-day rule for cats and dogs at the county shelter, commissioners agreed to back off on the plan and instead decided to look at turning over shelter operations to a nonprofit animal-rescue group.