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  • Four hurt in Monday accident

    Several people were hospitalized Monday afternoon after a vehicle struck another vehicle trying to cross over County Road 491 in Beverly Hills.

    At about 2:49 p.m. Monday, George Joseph Korzensky, 88, and his passenger, 62-year-old Delphine S. Korzensky, both of Dunnellon, were pulling out of a parking lot off C.R. 491 near Regina Boulevard to cross over into southbound lanes of C.R. 491, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Ribbon cut at Carver Center
  • MPO backs projects

    LECANTO — Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board members gave their unanimous stamp of approval Tuesday afternoon to eight transportation-related projects in line for federal funding in fiscal years 2018-22.

  • State won't charge Dunnellon teacher

    The State Attorney’s Office has opted not to pursue legal action against a Dunnellon High School teacher who allegedly had inappropriate contact with a female student in February, leading to a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation.

    Chester Pacana, 35, was charged Feb. 10 after sheriff’s investigators questioned him about an alleged Feb. 8 incident. Pacana was placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 10, the same day the parent of a student came forward with the allegation. 

  • Help sought in locating missing teen

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office investigators seek the public’s help in locating a missing teenage girl.

    Shauna Mariah Carpenter, 17, was last seen near Hernando. Carpenter is white, is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs about 135 pounds, has brown hair and hazel eyes, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • Two face charges of dog neglect

    A mother and son from Inverness were accused Saturday of neglecting around two dozen dogs inside their garage.

    A deputy and animal control officers with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a tip that 26-year-old Ryan James McLean and 47-year-old Deana Marie Feldman had nearly 30 dogs locked inside their garage off South Alpine Street, according to arrest reports.

  • Local men earn gold in Pickleball tournament

    CITRUS HILLS — Jack Trafalski crossed one thing off his bucket list.

    Earlier this month, Trafalski and pickleball partner Steve Arlen, both of Citrus Hills, won gold medals in Men’s Doubles Pickleball during the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama.

    The Pickleball competition, for ages 50 and up, pitted Trafalski and Arlen against 22 other teams in the 75 to 79 age division.

  • Who wants a kitten?

    Summer-like weather has its predictable happenings:

    Children cooling off in the pool.

    Late afternoon thunderstorms.

    And kittens — lots of them — invading the Citrus County Animal Shelter.

    “We get kittens year-round in Florida, but summer is always the peak,” shelter director Morgan Woodward said. “At the start of summer, there’s a huge explosion of kittens into the shelter.”

  • Officials keeping an eye on storm

    Citrus County will likely get heavy rains and downright dreary weather today and tomorrow from a tropical system called Invest 93L, which is ambling into the Gulf of Mexico.

    But the brunt of its effects, should it turn into a tropical or subtropical storm or depression, should mainly be felt in the western Florida Panhandle, and the Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas coasts.

  • County briefs 6/20/2017

    Gas prices see continued decline

    Motorists are beginning to find some of the lowest gas prices of the year. 

    Florida gas prices averaged $2.27 on Sunday, according to AAA--The Auto Club South. The state average dropped 6 cents during the past week and is 

    3 cents less than this time last year.