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  • Help county pets through adoption and education

    Looking for a furry best friend?

    You might find one at Citrus County Animals Services’ Best Friend Fest this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Citrus County Auditorium.

    The event offers access to pet rescues, groomers, veterinarians and loads of information on pet health and wellness.

    The mission is to bring local resources together and to introduce the community with various pet rescues around the county.

  • Suspects sought in string of thefts

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for help identifying three women sought in a string of thefts.

    On Friday, Jan. 29, three black women entered the Publix in Inverness, following an elderly woman, according to the sheriff’s office.

    As the elderly woman looked at groceries, one of the suspects began speaking to her, while another suspect grabbed her wallet and left the store.

  • A taste for the craft

    By Diane Dobry
    For the Chronicle

  • City, county spar over CRA payment

    A spat between the county and city of Inverness that began when the city included Citrus Memorial Hospital and its coveted taxes into a redevelopment district has reared its head again.

    The county has refused to pay the city about $500,000 for the city’s community redevelopment district because the hospital is contesting its assessed values and hasn’t paid the taxes yet.

  • Man dies in hang-gliding mishap

    A 40-year-old New York man was killed in a hang-gliding accident Tuesday night at the Marion County-Dunnellon Airport, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report.

    Tomas Banevicius was pronounced dead on the scene. Banevicius was participating in a training session with U.S. Hang-Gliding Inc., a New York-based company which is training in central Florida for the winter season.

  • Carson to make stop in Ocala

    Dr. Ben Carson is bringing his Republican presidential campaign to Ocala for a fundraiser.

    Carson will be in Ocala on Monday from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a luncheon at the Country Club of Ocala, 6823 SE 12th Circle.

    Tickets range between $250 and $2,700. For information, visit bencarson.com/ocala.

  • Local briefs 2/4/2016

    Man pleads to child-porn charge

    A Citrus County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to distributing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • State recognizes Citrus County for slimming down

    The Florida Department of Health has named Citrus County as a 2016 Healthy Weight Community Champion, one of 80 communities to get the honor.

    The recognition highlights local governments’ efforts to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. Examples of criteria for the recognition include whether a jurisdiction maintains a system of parks, provides incentive programs to attract grocery stores to underserved neighborhoods and prioritizes personal safety in areas where people can increase physical activity.

  • Woman, 50, accused of sex with teen

    A 50-year-old Homosassa woman is facing two counts of lewd and lascivious battery for an alleged year-long sexual relationship with a teenage boy.

    On Dec. 29, 2015, Diane Hope Day’s alleged victim told a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy about his relationship with Day, which began in August 2014 and lasted for about a year, according to Day’s arrest report.

  • Man allegedly traded teen pot for sex acts

    A Lecanto man was arrested on sex-related charges Tuesday after a teenager accused him of trading marijuana for sexual acts.

    Forensic investigators interviewed Timothy S. Miller’s alleged victim on Tuesday at Jessie’s Place, a child-advocacy center in Lecanto, according to Miller’s arrest report.