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  • Seven Rivers streak ends at state

    FORT MYERS — Despite a brutal loss on a searing-hot day, the Seven Rivers Christian School baseball team walked away from the first Class 2A State Championships final four appearance in school history with its collective head held high.

    The Warriors’ head coach and three seniors didn’t see Wednesday’s 4-3 11-inning loss to Bayshore Christian at JetBlue Park as the end of the road, but rather as the possible start of something special for the Lecanto club.

  • Expert: Too soon to know health of scallop population

    LECANTO — The scientist who authored a state report that said Citrus’s scallop population was “vulnerable” sought to calm some fears during Wednesday’s meeting of the tourist development council.

    Sarah Stephenson said it’s too soon to say what the scallop harvest will look like this summer. Divers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will count scallops at 10 recording sites in June, she said.

  • Board makes it official for county attorney

    You can take that “interim” off Denise Dymond Lyn’s title.

    County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Lyn the county attorney, agreeing to an $135,000-a-year contract plus vehicle expenses.

    Lyn, an Inverness lawyer, had served as interim county attorney since mid-December.

  • Corps puts freeze on harvester

    The mechanical cleanup effort in King’s Bay has hit another snag after the local group behind the work received a cease-and-desist letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    Col. Alan M. Dodd, the U.S. Army district commander, cited in the April 30 letter that the Corps of Engineers received a complaint on March 10 about the mechanical harvester operations being conducted by Save Crystal River Inc. (SCR).

  • City: Trailhead would violate ADA

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Crystal River City Council will be objecting — again — to the county’s recent decision to continue construction of the controversial Crosstown Trailhead with bathrooms.

    In December, city officials were able to postpone the Citrus County Commission’s 60-foot-wide, 22-foot-long project for the 1.5-mile Crosstown Trail because of concerns that bathrooms would entice crime and unwanted traffic mistaking the proposed trailhead for a rest stop along the busy highway.

  • Commission: Keep monuments in place

    Monuments honoring Citrus County’s war dead will not be moving from their location at the historic entrance to Old Courthouse.

    The county commission voted unanimously Tuesday to leave the monuments where they are. The monuments list the names of Citrus County residents who died in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War.

  • Seven Rivers send-off
  • Adams alone in seeking audit

    INVERNESS — Commission Chairman Scott Adams on Tuesday tore into the Citrus County jail contract with Corrections Corporation of America, hoping to elicit support from other commissioners for a state audit.

    That didn’t happen. Instead, commissioners voted 4-1 to have County Administrator Randy Oliver negotiate a contract with CCA and bring back a first version in 30 days.

  • Trail gets top billing, but perhaps not first funding

    In March, it was No. 1. In April, it dropped to second place. And now, in May, it’s back on top.

    “It” is the much-discussed multi-use trail proposed for the east side of U.S. 19 from U.S. 98 to Green Acres Street. The project has ping-ponged from one Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) advisory council to the next.

  • Accused doctors: One rejects plea, one loses attorney

    INVERNESS — The trial of a doctor accused of operating an illegal pain clinic in Crystal River is set to begin in October. 

    Daniel McIntire appeared in court Tuesday morning with his attorney Joseph Hobson, who informed Judge Ric Howard his client was rejecting the prosecution’s plea offer and requesting a trial date.