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  • Godfrey: Voice needed for county's vets, homeless

    Duane Godfrey saw a need in 2013 for a Disabled American Veterans chapter in Crystal River, so he started one.

    He now sees another need — a representative for the voiceless on the Citrus County commission.

    Godfrey, a Crystal River Democrat, is seeking his first public office in the District 1 race against      Republican Jeff Kinnard.

    Godfrey said he dedicates his time helping the homeless, senior citizens and military veterans.

  • Six feet of shock

    Peter Moroney has weathered his share of hurricanes.

    As a boy growing up in Miami, he was visiting his grandfather at a Miami Beach hotel when a hurricane with wind speeds well over 100 mph tossed around cement tables “like tiddlywinks,” he said.

    He said that was either 1948 or ’49.

    Then in 1992, Hurricane Andrew blew through.

  • Three people charged in Beverly Hills drug bust

    A Thursday morning drug bust at a Beverly Hills home resulted in the arrest of three people on a variety of distribution and possession charges.

    Members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Tactical Impact Unit executed a search warrant at 9 S. Desoto St. after conducting a narcotics investigation into the home, according to CCSO.

    Several narcotics packed for distribution were found inside the home, along with a loaded shotgun, police said.

  • Driver: Medical episode led to crash

    More information was released Thursday about a two-car crash that occurred Oct. 3 in front of the Citrus County landfill.

    At about 4 p.m., Sylvain Robitaille, 49, of Crystal River, was driving a white Lexus LX 470 east on State Road 44 approaching the intersection with South Highview Avenue, according to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report.

    Lola Chaney Rose, 64, of Inverness, was driving a gray Ford Taurus east on S.R. 44 in front of Robitaille’s vehicle.

  • A good neighbor

    Every day Donald Flick wakes up at 5:30 in the morning and sets out to clean up his neighborhood in Homosassa. At 69 years old, he walks his neighborhood of Pine Valley, picking up trash, helping neighbors in need and mowing yards to help revitalize the rundown area. 

    “We made it change a little bit, but I’m not a person to sit around and see things go to pot,” Flick said. 

  • Supporters giddy to see their hero

     OCALA — Donald Trump sure knows how to draw a crowd.

    Hours before the Republican presidential nominee took the stage at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion a little after noon, lines of cars pushed and crammed their way into every conceivable parking spot they could find surrounding the pavilion.

    Supporters abuzz with excitement proudly showed off red, white and blue as they walked down the street with “Trump/Pence” signs held high.

  • Trump fires up Ocala

    OCALA — Donald Trump worked to get his Floridian supporters fired up as the presidential election draws just four weeks away.

    Speaking Wednesday at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in front of several thousand cheering supporters, the Republican presidential nominee finished up the last of his campaign rallies in the electoral battleground state.

  • POSTSCRIPT: Bill Rumson: Dedicated his life to Moose Lodge charities



    * WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.

    * WHERE: Moose Lodge 2112, 221 S. Haid Terrace, Inverness.

    Bill Rumson always said that the Moose Lodge was the world’s best kept secret.

  • Professor pitches manatee museum

    LECANTO — A University of Florida professor thinks Crystal River would be the ideal place to build a manatee museum and he pitched the concept to a receptive Tourist Development Council board at its Wednesday meeting.

    But whether it ever gets off the ground is the big question. 

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