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  • Help for homeless

    Barbara Wheeler with Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition packs a Florida Realtors bus with food and staples donated by real estate agents from Lake, Sumter, Marion, Hernando and Citrus counties Friday at Plantation on Crystal River. All of the goods collected will benefit homeless in the region. 

  • Train to help Homeland Security

    Volunteers interested in supporting the Homeland Security Volunteer Team of Citrus County and disaster-related activities through participation in disaster response, recovery, training, drills and recognition events are invited to attend a Volunteer Reception Center Training from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Central Ridge Community Center in Beverly Hills.

  • Slip-sliding all the way back to the 1970s

    A concept that has become very popular with the advent of Facebook is “Throwback Thursday.” On Thursdays, some folks make it a point to post photographs taken years ago. Today, I’ve decided to do a “Slip-sliding Away Sunday” and take us all back to the 1970s.

  • Back to the past: Ferris exhibit returns

    The late L.G. “Doc” Ferris was bigger than life and remains a legend in Citrus County.

    He put Floral City on the map as he promoted Ferris Groves and his beloved oranges.

    Everything about him was big, bold and flashy, including his personal life and contributions to the community.

    He left an enduring legacy of local agriculture and one of the most famous roadside fruit stands in the South.

  • Key runners home

    “The fun part is that we have somebody to support us and keep our Key Center running. We are disabled, we need help, workers and all of your participation. What the whole goal, besides me and the other clients, is God. God really has miracles for us clients. He has the powers and the rules but we need donations. Please help us.”   — Aaron Wilcox

  • Don’t forget about us: School board candidates work to get their message out

    CITRUS HILLS — They’re the other campaign, relegated to second place by circumstances.

    In a year where the two county commission races have taken center stage, candidates in the four districts for Citrus County School Board want to make sure their voices are heard, as well.

    And it’s not like it’s a quiet year for school board campaigns. Consider:

    + Each of the three incumbents has opposition. Chairman Thomas Ken­nedy has two opponents.

  • Local students win High School Fishing World Finals

    This year, the big one didn’t get away.

    Local students Brandon Branch and Hunter McPherson won the 2014 High School Fishing World Finals on Saturday, beating out a field of 21 teams to bring home glory, a college scholarship and a few creature comforts.

    Branch and McPherson, students of Crystal River High School and Citrus High School, respectively, made the finals in 2013, but finished in 14th place. 

  • Healthy Living Show
  • Christmas in July

    Christmas came early when Santa stopped by the Central Ridge Boys & Girls Club on Friday.

    The kids were concluding their “Christmas in July”-themed week and were excited to see jolly old St. Nick. “Kids love Christmas and it lightens up the atmosphere,” director Merisa Albritton said. All week, they had been singing favorite Christmas songs, making ornaments and playing Christmas-themed games.

  • Habitat seeks hand-me-downs

    Furniture, house wares and building supplies are the specialty of ReStore, Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County’s thrift store — but not clothing.

    And yet, residents should not be surprised to see ReStore donation boxes specifying clothing and shoes. The house-building charity that put 16 families into new homes last year and is on schedule to do the same this year is seeking donations of old garments in addition to the dining sets, cabinets and sinks it usually attracts.