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  • Hernando to hold benefit for Simmonses

    All you need to know about the small community of Hernando is that it’s known for its big heart and boots-on-the-ground willingness to help its people.

    All you need to know about Robert and Margaret Simmons is that they have spent their lives serving their community — and now they need some help and encouragement.

    At 4 p.m. Saturday, the community of Hernando is hosting a benefit program for the Simmonses at Mount Zion AME Church, 2532 Calomonden Lane in Hernando.

  • Crystal River readies pitch to lawmakers

    Crystal River has its pitch ready for Tallahassee.

    Members of the city council agreed Monday on what the city’s talking points will be when it sends City Manager Dave Burnell to the Capitol during the city’s legislative sessions in mid-March.

    Those requests will include:

  • Scott’s college try: Fewer fees, summer scholarships

    TALLAHASSEE — Seeking to keep higher-education costs low and help more students graduate on time, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday outlined an ambitious legislative agenda to cap student fees, eliminate sales taxes on textbook purchases and extend the Bright Futures scholarships to summer classes.

  • Debate heats up over property insurance claims

    TALLAHASSEE — With insurers and regulators blaming a surge in water-damage claims for higher property-insurance rates, Florida lawmakers Tuesday began grappling with a controversial debate that includes homeowners, contractors, insurance companies and trial lawyers.

  • Prendergast makes rounds at community alliance

    LECANTO — Sheriff Mike Prendergast started his speech before Tuesday’s annual breakfast gathering of the Community Alliance of Citrus County by calling for a moment of silence for two emergency responders from Orlando who died in the line of duty.

    And as he left the breakfast, held at the Salvation Army facility in Lecanto, Prendergast urged all of Citrus County to remain vigilant until the suspect believed to be involved in both fatalities is apprehended. 

  • Project to boost workforce temporarily

     

    HOW TO APPLY

    * To apply for one of the hundreds of temporary jobs at the Duke gas plant, visit fluorcraft.com, submit a profile and call the on-site recruiting line at 352-364-8888.

     

  • Board to DOT: Return projects

    Citrus County commissioners say they do not know why state agencies overturned three significant projects to the county’s detriment, but they know one thing:

    They want the projects returned to their original position — now.

  • Board: Use RESTORE money for boat ramps, park

    INVERNESS — Boat ramps and a new park in Homosassa are the focal points of the county’s proposed use of a multimillion dollar windfall resulting from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement with the federal government.

    Citrus County commissioners narrowed their wish list Tuesday, budgeting for an estimated 

    $17 million, most of it spread out over 15 years, that the county is eligible to receive from the RESTORE Act fund.

  • Visit Florida chief replaced

    ORLANDO — The Visit Florida board on Tuesday agreed to pay $73,000 to the agency’s ousted CEO and appointed state Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Ken Lawson to immediately step in as a replacement.

    The moves came after a controversy that included House leaders last month exposing an expired $1 million contract between the tourism-marketing agency and Miami rapper Pitbull to promote the state.

  • Serene Puzzlement