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  • CRA looks for a revamp

    Crystal River has more options on the table, but maybe even less time to discuss them.

    Those options surround the outcome of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) district and what CRA board members will lean toward when updating a 26-year-old plan.

    The CRA board members — who also serve on Crystal River City Council — have already shown their approval during the Oct. 27 meeting to update the 1988 CRA plan.

  • Monday Conversation: Pat Deutschman

    INVERNESS - They were never children or students.

    Kids. Pat Deutschman called them kids.

    It didn’t matter if she was referring to first grade or 12th. 

  • County briefs 11/17/14

    ­Habitat orientation Saturday

    If you are interested in becoming a Habitat for Humanity homeowner in Citrus County, your first step is to attend a free orientation seminar.  

    You’ll gain valuable information about qualifications for Habitat homeownership and the steps required to complete the program.  

  • Jessie’s Place

    LECANTO — Jessie’s Place could be called a home away from home for many children and teenagers searching for someone to be there at a time when their voices aren’t as strong.

    “We strive really hard to make it feel very comforting and very inviting to really let kids know when they open the door that this is their spot,” Director Melissa Bowermaster said.

  • Police search for robbery suspect

    Citrus County Sheriff authorities continued their search Sunday for the suspect involved in Sunday morning’s holdup at the Dollar General store located at 1385 N. Florida Ave./U.S. 41 in Hernando.

    An undisclosed amount of money was reported stolen at gunpoint.

    No injuries were reported, but the suspect was seen brandishing a small, silver handgun.

  • Homeowner charged with neglect in cat-abandonment case

    The owner of a Floral City home where authorities believe 100 cats were left virtually abandoned for a year was arrested late Friday night on animal neglect charges.

    John Patrick Callagy, 49, of 8980 S. Zanmar Drive, was jailed on $2,000 bond charged with two misdemeanors, abandoning confined animals and cruelty to animals.

    Callagy’s girlfriend, Victoria Gatto, 42, was arrested earlier Friday on similar charges.

  • Inverness hosts inaugural Farm City Festival
  • Group provides ramp for wheelchair-bound vet

    By Laura Bittner
    Staff writer

    Life became less of a struggle for the Wolfe family when Citrus County Veterans Coalition (CCVC) members arrived at their home, power tools in tow. 

    On Wednesday, veteran Mick Wolfe and his wife, Cathy Wolfe, had a wheelchair ramp installed at their residence in Crystal River. The CCVC — a local nonprofit dedicated to assisting veterans in need — installed the ramp. 

  • ALICE report shows a population at risk

    A new report from the United Way, broken down to the county level, defines the economic situation for a segment of residents above the poverty level, but struggling to make ends meet.

    When that segment is combined with residents living in poverty, it represents 43 percent of the households in Citrus County. However, the county was ranked one of the top three in the state for economic viability.

  • Water dragons

    By Laura Bittner, Staff writer