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  • For the Record 1/23/15

    Domestic arrests
    * John Hula II, 27, of Beverly Hills, at 12:21 a.m. Jan. 21 on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. 
    * Andrew Hodges, 34, of Homosassa, at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 on an active warrant for a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. 

    Other arrests

  • City weighs regulating rental of vacation homes

    INVERNESS — Homeowners renting out their property to groups of 20 or more people for short-term stays next to residential homes has plagued communities throughout Florida.

    Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said these vacation rentals have proven disruptive in many areas, especially those with easy access to beaches. Inverness has been largely spared from the problem, he said.

  • Expedition will see crowd, clear water at Rainbow Springs

    When the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition gets to Rainbow Springs State Park on Saturday, it will be greeted by a crowd of supporters and the best water conditions in recent years. 

    The Southwest Florida Water Management District has partnered with the expedition as members of the team travel through the district, and is hosting the event.

  • Volunteers wanted

    Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon — site of the spring-infused headwaters of the park’s namesake waterway — requires assistance in its butterfly garden, as well as in education. 

    The park offers an array of natural sources for recreation: the Rainbow River for tubing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing; bird watching; lush vegetation — and butterflies. 

  • Officials: No budget cuts right now

    INVERNESS — Citrus County’s constitutional officers have a message for county commission Chairman Scott Adams: Don’t wait for the check. It isn’t coming.

    Adams sent a letter this week to elected officials overseeing county offices, seeking a 5 percent cut in their current 2014-15 budgets.

  • Health care charity group set to meet

    The new Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation Corporation will have its inaugural meeting at 6 p.m. today in the conference room of Citrus Memorial’s Inverness Annex Building, 123 South Pine Ave.

    The group is charged with overseeing a charitable trust resulting from Hospital Corporation of America’s long-term lease to operate Citrus Memorial Hospital. Proceeds will be spent on new health-care programs for the community.

  • Fun-filled, active weekend ahead for Citrus County

    Whether it be swing, salsa, disco, jazz or hip-hop, Sunday afternoon will feature lively fun for men and women of all ages as they shake things up to support the Key Training Center.

    The fifth annual Zumba for the Key is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., with registration starting at 1 p.m. at the Chet Cole Life Enrichment Center, 5521 Buster Whitton Way, Lecanto. 

  • CCSO working to solve boat status

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Moorage issues between the city and owners of boats anchored on a King’s Bay cove may be finally coming to an end.

    One of the boat owners is deceased and sheriff’s officials are in talks with his family about a resolution. Meanwhile, a second boat owner towed away his yacht on Monday, according to officials.

  • Rowers racing Saturday

    INVERNESS — Ready, set, row!

    This Saturday, beginning bright and early at 7 a.m., 10 teams of rowers in more than 115 boats will take to the water of Lake Henderson at the second annual Citrus Sprints Regatta, hosted by the Rowing Organization of Citrus County Students (ROCCS).

  • Holidays, cold weather, flu deplete blood resources

    Blood donations are always needed, but the blood supply has reached emergency status, according to LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. 

    In a news release, LifeSouth Vice President of Operations J.B. Bowles said a combination of the winter holidays, cold weather and the flu epidemic is still impacting blood donations.

    LifeSouth’s goal is to have a minimum of five days’ worth of blood in reserve to resupply hospitals, Bowles said.