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  • Everyday battle

    Editor’s note: November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. This is a story about one form of the condition that’s characterized by recurrent seizures.

    INVERNESS — At 9, Maegan Haganey loves bending over backward and performing other gymnastics moves.

    She loves flying into the air on her backyard trampoline and feeding her 26 chickens mini marshmallows.

  • Sex sting conviction brings eight years

    Edward Lee Powell has been sentenced to eight years in prison after a jury found him guilty on two out of three felony sex charges involving a minor.

    He was taken into custody Wednesday evening following the verdict and Judge Richard Howard pronounced the sentence Thursday morning.

  • Pile of legal bills bring hollow victory for hospital foundation

    It had been the most anticipated Florida Supreme Court decision for Citrus County in years.

    But when the ruling finally came down Thursday, all it meant was bragging rights.

    The state’s high court ruled in favor of the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation in overturning a 2011 law that would have given control of Citrus Memorial hospital to the Citrus County Hospital Board.

  • Citrus eyed as location for liquid natural gas plant

    A Tampa-based company is planning to build a natural gas liquefaction plant in Citrus County to prepare liquid natural gas for export, as well as serving the domestic market.

    The gas will be supplied by Florida Gas Transmission Company’s existing pipeline or the proposed Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline project, which has a planned connection to Citrus County.

  • Manatee season starts Saturday

    The 2014-15 manatee season gets under way Saturday, and so do several waterborne rules of conduct.

    The season, which runs from Nov. 15 to March 31, triggers the closure of portions of King’s Bay to people and boat traffic.

  • Commissioner-elect Kitchen offers a glimpse of the future

    As Commissioner-elect Ron Kitchen transitions from candidate to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), he is promising he meant what he said on the campaign trail and will endeavor to deliver.

  • Bond denied for firearms suspect

    Michael Paul Watkins, 41, will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service after a U.S. magistrate judge denied a motion Wednesday from Watkins’ defense attorney to reopen a court hearing for a pretrial release.

    Watkins was taken into federal custody Oct. 21 on charges of possessing unregistered firearms and explosives in violation of the National Firearms Act and possessing those weapons as a convicted felon.

  • Good news from the government? You read it right

    THE ISSUE: Property appraiser returns spare funds to county.
    OUR OPINION: Les Cook setting good example as administrator.

    Homeowners, take heart: There’s at least one elected official you don’t have to worry about.

  • Report: Man arrested after fleeing traffic stop

    A habitual traffic offender reportedly driving with an invalid license was arrested Tuesday morning following a chase both in a vehicle and on foot.

    Leo James Bouchard, 37, of Inverness was charged with knowingly driving with a suspended/revoked license, resisting an officer without violence and fleeing a law enforcement officer displaying lights and sirens after failing to stop for speeding on East Anna Jo Drive in Inverness.

  • 'Movember' reminder: Men get depressed, too

    While women who suffer from depression often feel sad and cry, men who are depressed may express theirs by being withdrawn and angry — and more than 6 million men in America experience depression each year.

    November is also Movember, with a focus on men’s health issues, including depression.