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  • POSTSCRIPT: Harrison ‘Dub’ Miller: Decorated World War II Navy vet

    Dub Miller never forgot the events of Jan. 31, 1944.

    A Navy radioman on an observation plane named “Kingfisher,” he and pilot Lt. Forney O. Fuqua were off Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands searching for enemy craft and guiding the fire of American ships.

    Dub, 26, was sitting in his favorite place, behind Fuqua, where he could watch the pilot while pretending he was the one flying the plane.

  • Runners dodge storms on day 2 of Key run

    Editor’s note: It’s Run for the Money Week, with runners taking turns covering the 180 miles between the Capitol in Tallahassee and the Key Training Center campus in Lecanto. While the purpose of the grueling journey is to raise awareness about the developmentally disabled, it is especially significant in that it brings attention to the need for donations to cover the expenses of Key clients who don’t receive government support.

  • For the record 7/16/2014

    DUI arrest

  • Peroxide no panacea for King’s Bay

    An experiment to attack the choking mats of filamentous algae called Lyngbya with peroxide in some areas of King’s Bay produced disappointing results, according to Robert Lovestrand, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  • Small world

    INVERNESS — In 1966, Dave Ryan wore geeky black-framed glasses — and Tom Bell had hair.

    They were 18 and 19 years old, E-3s in the Navy, stationed at Whiting Field near Pensacola, assigned to the same unit.

    At that time, the barracks were being remodeled and anyone who wanted to could live off base — and who wouldn’t want to do that?

  • County briefs 7/16/14

    Ground-breaking set Friday for Valerie

    The public is welcome to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the renovation of the Valerie Theatre on Friday.

    The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. at the historic theater, 207 Courthouse Square, in downtown Inverness.

    The city-owned building is being renovated and, upon completion, will serve as a facility for a variety of community events.


  • BH pool still waiting for its extra lights

    BEVERLY HILLS — The $20,000 offered in May to fight vandalism at a county-owned swimming pool is still in the donor’s bank account, where it will remain until the county figures out how to accept it.

    “We’re still waiting for everything to happen,” said Rosella Hale, president of the Beverly Hills Advisory Council, speaking at Monday’s meeting of the council. 

  • Owners face charges for leaving dogs in hot cars

    Deputies responded to two different calls where dogs had been left in a vehicle over the weekend and charged the owners with misdemeanor animal cruelty. 

  • BBQ man keeps smokin'

    HERNANDO — If you’re traveling the Withlacoochee State Trail on a Friday or Saturday, passing through Hernando, and you smell something good cooking, that’s most likely Lloyd Houston’s ribs.

    Beginning before dawn, he fires up the grill and starts laying on the slabs, cooking them low and slow, 250 degrees.

    On Thursdays he cooks his side dishes — collard greens and mac and cheese, baked beans, dirty rice. 

  • Vehicle flees police, leading to drug arrests

    Patrol Deputy Greg Entrekin was fueling up at a gas station Saturday evening in Homosassa when he noticed a man he was familiar with walk out of the station and get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

    Entrekin also knew the man — Aaron Matthew Smith, 34, of West Main Street, Homosassa — had his driver’s license                         suspended.