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  • Some hospital contracts could be in jeopardy

    INVERNESS — Dr. Jon Frankel was preaching to the choir.

    Frankel, who has a $157,920 contract to perform diagnostic pathology services at Citrus Memorial hospital, offered nothing but solid reasons for his contract to continue after Hospital Corporation of America starts its lease sometime in the fall.

  • Ocala man charged with molesting 7-year-old girl

    A 41-year-old Ocala man is in custody, facing charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a 7-year-old girl.

    Devin Patrick Barzilay was arrested in Inverness on Monday for allegedly touching the girl in a lewd and lascivious manner on several occasions in Citrus County. Barzilay also allegedly molested the girl on two separate occasions in Lake County. His bond is $30,000.

  • Review set for evacuations, shelters

    * WHAT: Citrus County Planning and Development Commission meeting.

    * WHEN: 9 a.m. Thursday.

    * WHERE: Room 166, Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto.

    * AGENDA: http://tinyurl.com/mv5fku7.

    How well is the county’s evacuation plan working?

  • HPH Hospice shows off new facility
  • Crystal River manager contract talks continue

    CRYSTAL RIVER — City council members decided Monday to let Mayor Jim Farley be their representative in talks to hammer out a contract with Dave Burnell, the man poised to be the next city manager.

    Farley, current City Manager Andy Houston and Burnell, the current public works director, will sit down to agree on a salary and fashion a contract to bring back to the council for approval at its next meeting.

  • Man sentenced in sex case in line to lose home

    A bank is foreclosing on the home of an Inverness man who is now serving prison time for raping teenage girls at his house after they were drunk or passed out from using drugs.

    Bruce McQuillin, 50, was sentenced in September to eight years in prison followed by five years probation after he pleaded no-contest to numerous charges involving molestation of teenage girls at his house during weekend drinking and drug parties.

  • Story celebrates environment

    CRYSTAL RIVER — At 12 years old, Mandi (no last name) is a student at Crystal River Middle School.

    With green scaled skin, blue hair and pointy ears, she’s both a typical middle school student and atypical.

    Mandi, according to her creator, Shawn Surface, is a Nereid, a sea nymph, much like a mermaid. She can live both in and out of the water.

  • Bike trek to raise funds for food pantry

    HERNANDO — Combining a to-do from his bucket list with a desire to help feed the hungry of Citrus County, Bob Kohm, 67, will embark on a bicycle trek from Key West to Fort Kent, Maine, this week to raise funds for the S.O.S. (Serving Our Savior) food pantry ministry that operates out of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hernando.

    Kohm’s wife, Dianne, is going along as support, although she will travel by car. 

  • Cadets cheer a well-served year

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Eighty-three cadets were treated to dinner and decorations Sunday at Crystal River High School as the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps marked the end of another active year.

    Lt. Cmdr. Wayne Walker (retired), aided by Senior Chief Ira Sparkman, led the presentations. Walker said when he joined six years ago, only 104 cadets were in the program. As the unit has 193 cadets and is expected to hit 200 or more next year, Walker said the school board has been asked for a third instructor.

  • Lien law cases hard to prove

    A customer writes a $20,000 check to his home builder, expecting that the builder will use that money to pay companies providing materials such as windows and framing for the customer’s new house.

    The builder, however, instead uses that money to pay other debts, even on other homes he’s building.