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  • Inverness man charged with sexual battery

    A neighbor’s witness statements not only helped Citrus County sheriff investigators charge an Inverness man with sexual battery, but his actions also aided the escaping victim find safety in her mother’s home.

  • Child car seat inspections available at two locations

    This is Child Passenger Safety Week, the goal of which is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing all children in the right car seat or booster for the age and size of the child. Although parents want to keep their children safe at all times, keeping them safe in vehicles isn’t as easy as it might appear, since an average of 4 out of 5 car seats are not used correctly.

  • TDC picks firm to rebrand county

    A Tallahassee firm has been selected to develop a new destination brand for Citrus County and there are plans for a sky cam to capitalize on Crystal River.

    Coming up with a strong common brand to market the county to potential visitors has been priority of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) for the past two years.

    Previous discussion has been critical of the county’s existing logo for being too cluttered and without a clear destination message for tourists. 

  • Pig on a mission

    “We thought bigger was better,” said Kylie Philipps, a senior at Citrus High School, as she surveyed the giant papier-mâché pig, still under construction. “Hopefully, that will work to our advantage.”

    Larger than many compact cars, the porcine replica is actually a functioning piggy bank to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  • Cent for Citrus workshops slated

    Interim County Administrator Jeff Rogers has announced that there will be five public workshops in October for the general public regarding the “Cent for Citrus” referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot. 

    The 1 percent sales tax increase, if approved by voters, would provide funding for resurfacing and maintenance of all county-maintained, paved residential roadways. 

  • Help kids stay safe in vehicles

    The Citrus County Tax Collector’s Office is sponsoring a fundraiser through Oct. 10 to support the Car Seat Safety Program at the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast. 

    Staff at the Meadowcrest and Inverness offices of the tax collector will accept donations to help support this program, which provides safe, new car seats at low cost for families experiencing financial hardship. It also offers free car seat inspections for all community residents. 

  • County briefs 9/15/14

    ­Vendors sought for chili cook-off

    The Lecanto Levi’s 4-H Club will host the 13th annual Chili Appreciation Society International Inc. Chili Cook Off for Charity from Oct. 11 to 13 at Nature’s Resort, West Halls River Road, Homosassa.  Proceeds from this event will benefit local charities.

    Vendors/exhibitors will have the opportunity to present their products on those weekend days. 

  • Register to vote by Oct. 6

    The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election is Monday, Oct. 6.

    Vote-by-mail continues to be a popular method of voting. Therefore, your signature becomes even more important. Your signature on the mail ballot must match the signature on file at the Citrus County Supervisor of Elections Office. Your signature on candidate and initiative petitions are also verified with your record. Signatures change over time for many reasons, so it’s recommended that an updated signature be on record. 

  • Yoga Appreciation Day

    Laura Boetto leads a Yoga Appreciation Day class Saturday.

    Boetto offered a full day of free classes as a way of thanking her patrons.

  • One killed in vehicle crash

    One man was killed and one critically injured in a fatal crash Sunday morning when the driver of their vehicle lost control of the car, leaving the roadway and overturning several times.

    According to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report, the Beverly Hills driver, 23, and his passenger, Bronson T. Steinbrook, 28, of Citrus Springs, were traveling at high speed on North Citrus Avenue while approaching West Sleepyoak Court in Crystal River.