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  • Saddle up for annual Citrus Stampede Rodeo

    The Citrus Stampede Rodeo has been growing and developing for 19 years, involving residents of all ages, cowboys from all over and numerous community sponsors.

    Organizers acknowledge it will be an amazing two evenings of family entertainment while fulfilling its mission as the main funding source for 4-H activities throughout Citrus County. 

  • Report: Man threatened deputies with broken glass

    A Lecanto man who was arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly threatening deputies with a shard of glass late Tuesday night further resisted his arrest by striking escorting deputies, according to his arrest report.

    Gene Charles Petrosky Jr., 45, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intending to kill and two counts of battery against a law enforcement officer.

  • Investigation continues into shooting by deputy

    Sunday’s late-night, deputy-involved shooting near Inverness that resulted in the death of 46-year-old Dawn Renee Cameron continues to be investigated by local and state law-enforcement agencies.

  • Deputies on the lookout for suspects in two robberies

    Citrus County sheriff’s officials are searching for two suspects involved in two unrelated robberies. 

    The latest robbery occurred Monday night at a convenience-store in Homosassa.

    According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), the robbery occurred at around 9 p.m. at the Chevron gas station and food mart off U.S. 19 south at West Yulee Drive.

  • Get clean by getting dirty

    INGLIS — Taking their example from Jesus, some of the men at Jesus Is! Ministry in Inglis are learning to turn trees into lumber and lumber into buildings and furniture.

    Five years ago, the rehabilitation ministry, often a last resort for drug addicts and alcoholics, opened a sawmill.

  • New commission hits the ground running

    INVERNESS — The look and direction of Citrus County governance quickly came to the fore when two new commissioners were seated Tuesday.

    After a quick swearing-in ceremony by Clerk of Courts Angela Vick, new Board of County Commissioners members Ron Kitchen and Scott Carnahan moved quickly to put their imprint on the five-person panel.

  • Meet the school board

    INVERNESS - Doug Dodd can’t wait to get started.

    Dodd, sworn into office Tuesday as a Citrus County School Board member, said he is eager to begin work to benefit educators and students.

    Tuesday’s organizational meeting ended in a half hour with little actually accomplished other than formalities.

  • Appeals court reverses contract lawsuit

    The Florida 5th District Court of Appeal has reversed the final judgment in a Citrus County contract case.

    The original suit filed by Douglas H. Doty in June 2012 was based on a claim of breach of promissory note regarding a cash-stock transaction.

  • CR City Council senses urgency

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River officials seemed congruent during Monday evening’s government meetings in recognizing what needs to be done and done fast.

    Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) board members — who also are the sitting city council members — already showed approval during the Oct. 27 meeting for updating the 1988 CRA plan without expanding district boundaries and agreed to stay that course.

  • County briefs 11/19/14

    Pet license fees set to rise on Jan. 1

    At the Nov. 4 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved the increase of the Citrus County Animal license fees, effective Jan. 1.

    The fee for a one-year license for a sterilized animal will increase from $5 to $10. The fee for a one-year license for a non-sterilized animal will increase from $25 to $35.