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  • Runners reach halfway point

    Editor’s Note: It’s Run for the Money Week, with runners taking turns covering the 180 miles between the Capitol in Tallahassee and the Key Training Center campus in Lecanto. While the grueling journey is to raise awareness about the developmentally disabled, it is especially significant in that it brings attention to the need for donations to cover the expenses of Key clients who don’t receive government support.

  • Television show features 1986 county murder

    The Investigative Discovery program “Swamp Murders” episode featuring Citrus County will be rebroadcast at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19. 

    The program titled “The Wrong Turn” details the 1986 murder of Angela Crowley, a 21-year-old Lauderdale Lakes woman who was kidnapped after stopping at a Crystal River pay phone to call a friend in Yankeetown, where she was headed.

  • Family Dollar in Hernando to close

    The Family Dollar store in Hernando will close by the end of August as part of national corporate move to eliminate underperforming stores.

    The closing will leave Citrus County with six Family Dollar locations and follows this month’s closure of the Winn-Dixie store at Meadowcrest, near Crystal River.

  • Businesswoman questions Valerie Theatre design

    INVERNESS — As the city of Inverness gets set to break ground at 7 p.m. today for the construction on the Valerie Theatre, not everyone in town is on board with its art deco design.

    At the recent Inverness City Council meeting, local businesswoman Sophia Diaz-Fonseca, a member of the Citrus County Historical Society and owner of the Masonic Building, a National Register-listed historic building, addressed the council with her concerns about the city’s $1.9 million rebuilding project. 

  • Smith’s office moving to downtown Inverness

    INVERNESS — With Rep. Jimmie T. Smith’s recent unopposed re-

    election to the state House of Representatives comes a move from his storefront office on State Road 44 to downtown Inverness.

    Beginning Monday, Aug. 4, Smith and his staff will conduct business at the Inverness Government Center, 212 W. Main Street, Suite 208A.

  • Pearl Harbor survivor memorialized

    HOMOSASSA — Ted Archambault was a Marine.

    At his memorial service Thursday, two Citrus County Marine Corps League detachments, 819 and 1139, helped bid farewell to their fellow Marine brother.

    Ted R. Archambault died June 21. He was 95.

    Locally, Archambault was best known as a Pearl Harbor survivor, although he preferred to be called a Pearl Harbor “participant.” 

  • Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysian Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights over Ukrainian airspace.

  • Weather slows, but can't stop Run for the Money volunteers

    Editor’s note: It’s Run for the Money week, with runners taking turns covering the 180 miles between the Capitol in Tallahassee and the Key Training Center campus in Lecanto. While the purpose of the grueling journey is to raise awareness about the developmentally disabled, it is especially significant in that it brings attention to the need for donations to cover the expenses of Key clients who don’t receive government support.

  • City council mulls tax hike

    INVERNESS — At Tuesday night’s Inverness City Council meeting, Mayor Bob Plaisted started things off by bestowing Cooter kudos, the highest honor the city has to offer, on Barbara Mills for her tireless work welcoming home current war veterans and helping World War II and now Korean War veterans in taking Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.

    “She is an outstanding example of what we all should be and what we all should do,” Plaisted said.

  • Boat captain recounts rescue

    Rochelle Kaiser

    In the cloud-covered darkness, with high-powered spotlights illuminated, officials with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife scoured the waters near the mouth of the Homosassa River the night of Thursday, July 3, in search of a missing person.

    Joining in the search was captain Ernest Croft, owner of Sea Tow.