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  • Tattoos a symbol of hope

    Depression, a history of abuse, suicide attempts. 

    “I had a really rough childhood,” Bobbie Beck said. “I had my first child at 22 and was diagnosed with depression. I had another child at 24 and struggled with worsening depression, and I couldn’t pull myself out of it, even with medication.” 

    After a suicide attempt, Beck’s husband found her a rehab program in Ocala. 

  • A sister’s permanent tribute to her brother

    Nearly six years ago, Dustin Tedder, then 15, was in a dirt bike accident that left him with irreversible brain damage. 

    His sister, Tristyn, was only 12 at the time. To honor her big brother, she began getting tattoos, including an infinity symbol on her shoulder with the words “stay strong” and a little blue heart. 

  • Tattoos tell couple’s story of faith and freedom

    Both Jennifer and Steven Lamanda grew up in Rhode Island. 

    Jennifer had to deal with abuse from a stepfather and later a hard life living with a man who was a drug dealer. Steven lived in orphanages and foster homes and ended up as a homeless runaway. By the time he was 12 he was good at panhandling, but not much else. He never played a sport, never went to a birthday party, didn’t go to school. 

  • State leaders address county delegation

    TALLAHASSEE — Bill Johnson, Florida’s new secretary of commerce, has not been to Citrus County, but plans on visiting in the near future.

    Johnson was just one of the various state officials from the public and private sectors who addressed participants in Citrus County Legislative Day on Thursday.

    “I am looking forward to coming to Citrus and seeing manatees,” he said.

  • Emotional issues drive Tallahassee trip

    Dozens of Citrus County residents went to Tallahassee on Thursday and confronted state leaders with their hearts on their sleeves.

    It was the annual Citrus County Legislative Day, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Unlike years past, the day was more driven by youth and emotion than a wish list of favorable actions from the state.

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  • Adams blames county policies for lawsuit

    Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Adams said Friday that the public will benefit from a lawsuit filed this week against the county by a company he co-owns.

    Adams, who is a corporate officer of Good Fella’s Roll-Off and Disposal, blamed county policies that require garbage haulers to dispose their loads at the Citrus County landfill as the reasons for the lawsuit.

  • Bill proposes sweeping changes to gator hunting rules

    A bill lawmakers say is designed to get rid of redundancies in the management of alligators and bears recently passed a Florida Senate environmental committee.

    Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, authored the bill (SB 680), which, among other things, calls for making state life-jacket rules conform to U.S. Coast Guard standards.

  • Inverness man killed in Marion County wreck

    An Inverness man and former owner of Shatz Island in Crystal River was killed Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash on State Road 200 in Marion County, just south of Ocala.

    Ricky A. Suggs, 58, was driving east on S.R. 200, approaching Southwest 115th Avenue near the Spruce Creek Preserve entrance, when the accident occurred.

  • Governor appoints new hospital board member

    Gov. Rick Scott on Friday announced the appointment of a retired Inverness Realtor to the Citrus County Hospital Board.

    Allen. E. Bartell, brother of former Citrus County commissioner Gary Bartell, was appointed to a term that ends in July 2017.

    The five-member hospital board has operated with just three members since January 2014.