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  • POSTSCRIPT: George the cat: A 22-pound welcoming committee

    Despite the signs posted on every exit door at the county animal shelter that read “George may not go outside,” George, the shelter’s mascot cat, never missed an opportunity to try to sneak out.

  • Local briefs 5/23/2016

    TDC to get website update

    The Citrus County Tourist Development Council on Wednesday will hear from its consultant Evok Advertising about the continuing development of the TDC’s new website.

    Evok will also update the board on its 2016-17 strategic marketing plan and the best ways to market Citrus County during the off-season period — which is basically the months when manatee and scallop seasons are not ongoing.

  • Helping hands needed

    A great smile and great attitude with children is what the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for in its new school crossing guards.

    After experiencing a recent shortage of crossing guards, the sheriff’s office needs applicants for several full- and part-time positions to safeguard students during the 180 school days.

  • Pirates invade Crystal River
  • Woman says confusing contract places homeowners in risk

    Pat Yacco doesn’t have time for chit-chat.

    Yacco is a one-woman organizer for her Sugarmill Woods neighbors who feel they’ve fallen prey to High Tower Restoration, a Polk County-based company with an office on U.S. 19.

    Yacco and about 23 others had their roofs inspected by High Tower following a May 2014 hailstorm. The company said they needed new roofs, and their insurance companies agreed.

  • Customer: ‘These two companies fooled us’

    Melvin Budd never saw the damage.

    It was around Memorial Day 2014 when a hailstorm swept through Sugarmill Woods.

    Budd, a resident of 12 years, started noticing a lot of construction activity.

    “When we had that hail, I really didn’t think there was any damage at all,” he said. “Then I saw they were putting roofs on like crazy.”

  • In over their heads

    This is the story of two Polk County-based companies that came to Sugarmill Woods sensing an opportunity.

  • Tourism ad targets LGBT community

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Adam Thomas, who heads up Citrus County tourism, said it doesn’t matter what he personally believes about gay and transgendered people.

  • County briefs 5/22/2016

    More mentors needed for students

    Take Stock in Children is a school-based mentoring program that assists in creating a brighter future for deserving youths from qualified families by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors, tutoring and long-term support.

    Take Stock currently monitors 45 students enrolled in Citrus County’s middle and high schools and will be welcoming 14 new scholars who are looking forward to meeting their mentors in the fall.

  • Campaign Trail 5/22/2016

    * Chuck Kanehl, Republican for sheriff, will have a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 23, at Seafood Seller & Cafe in the Crystal River Mall. Information: 352-422-0233.

    * Steve Burch, Republican for sheriff, will greet the public from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26 at the Chicken King Restaurant, 2420 N. Florida Ave., Hernando.