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Local News

  • Two killed in crash near Four Corners

    A crash Saturday night claimed the lives of two Citrus County residents and left two other residents with serious injuries.

  • Section 8 waiting list opens soon

    The Citrus County Housing Services Division will open a waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program at 9 a.m. Monday, May 2. The waiting list will remain open until 5 p.m. Friday, May 6. At that time, the waiting list will close and no further applications will be accepted. 

  • Body of missing boater found

    The body of a missing Inverness man was recovered Saturday, three days after he went overboard in Lake Rousseau.

    Luis Dosal’s body was found at about 12:30 p.m. near channel marker 134, which is in the area of West River Bend Road and Dunnellon, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Karen Parker said Sunday.

  • With lack of labor, electronics company considering move

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Michael McCarthy, president of Sibex Electronics Inc., said he needs to hire 10 people to add to his 104-member workforce.

    He said he will probably end up doing what he normally does — look outside Citrus County to find employees skilled enough to do the manufacturing jobs.

  • Largest job sector in county pays the least

    One-third of all people employed in Citrus County work in fast food restaurants, auto parts stores, motel registration desks, gas stations and other service-type jobs.

    This likely comes as no surprise, given the large senior and snowbird demographic which frequent such places.

    But new data from CareerSouce shows the sheer number of people — 33 percent of the overall private sector workforce — employed in the retail trade/accommodations/food services sector.

  • Lecanto man sets sights on new business

    For 35 years, Kevin Moore has known his calling.

    He’s in the eyeglass business, an optician by trade. That’s the person who designs, repairs and adjusts prescription eyeglasses so they work as intended.

    It’s all he’s known. It’s all he’s done for a paycheck.

    Three and a half years ago, Moore moved from South Carolina to Lecanto to be with his mother, who was sick. She died two weeks after his arrival.

  • CareerSource provides ladder to potential success

    Trying to find a new job or one with better pay doesn’t have to be a lonely search.

    CareerSource is a grant-funded program that offers free job assistance, training and much more for residents of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties.

    CareerSource counselors can help update resumes, provide financial assistance for clients to attend classes for specialty skills, and host job fairs.

  • BEHIND THE NUMBER: MAKING SENSE OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

    Most people think there is only one unemployment rate - the one that is publicized every month and used as the yardstick of a county, state or national workforce.

    But while that number gets all the attention, there are actually six numbers that are used as measures of unemployment and all six look at the unemployment picture in a different light. These alternative numbers are used mostly by statisticians and labor market analysts. However, they also give a truer picture of what is going on in the community or region.

  • ‘It’s eating me alive’

    Martha Machado has a morning routine.

    She makes coffee — “Cuban coffee” — for her husband of 26 years, Jose, before he goes to work for the state forestry.

    Then she gets her sons ready for school. Her oldest, Miguel, drives himself to College of Central Florida. She drives her youngest, 16-year-old Diego, to his private Christian school in Inverness.

    Then Machado gets down to work. And work for her is finding work.

  • JOB-LESS

    For three consecutive months, 

    Citrus County’s unemployment rate was third highest in the state.

    That’s a fact, but does it tell the whole story?

    County Commission Chairman Ron Kitchen Jr. doesn’t think so.

    “Everybody sort of gets wrapped up in the ‘third highest’ and they’re not looking at the raw numbers,” Kitchen said.