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  • Boiling water notice rescinded in Inverness

    INVERNESS – The boil-water notice issued for parts of Inverness due to a water main break Sunday on South Apopka Avenue has been rescinded.

    The results of a second bacteriological test were negative and confirms the water is safe for consumption.

    The break occurred on South Apopka Avenue and Daffodil Street and interrupted service to an estimated 50 Inverness Highlands residents.

  • Ribs, music highlight weekend festival

    Those who specialize in barbecuing ribs will come from all over the country to Crystal River this weekend. 

    Friday through Sunday, the RibJam will take place on the grounds of the Crystal River Mall. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Kiwanis donates to United Way
  • Online testing hiccups persist

    School officials continue to be bedeviled by minor technical glitches associated with online testing following a statewide breakdown over the weekend.

    One of the testing vendors, American Institutes of Research (AIR), said it experienced major server issues over the weekend after attempting to add another server to its system without testing it.

    The meltdown caused several school districts — including those in 

  • Rabid response attacks shelter plan

    Citrus County residents took to social media, email and the telephone Wednesday to howl in protest after the county commission’s direction Tuesday to limit the potential stay of dogs and cats at the animal shelter to 10 days.

    Commissioners took the comments to heart, saying the so-called 10-day rule is not yet final and must still be further defined before the board makes a decision.

  • Deputy fired for misconduct

    A deputy with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office was recently fired after an internal review supported allegations of multiple conduct offenses from earlier this year.

    Deputy Heather Cogar, 24, was fired April 14 in the wake of an investigation into two of three complaints from her fellow deputies that were filed in late February and early March.

  • CRA expansion still generating opposition

    INVERNESS — As she did a month ago, Samantha Carter of Vine Street on Tuesday appealed to Inverness City Council members to reconsider including her neighborhood as part of an expanded community redevelopment area (CRA).

  • Warm weather, water sports
  • Inverness urges calm about fire department decision

    INVERNESS — When it comes to government municipalities and fire services, Inverness is “unique,” City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said at Tuesday’s council meeting.

    DiGiovanni said a growing number of cities in the region have their own fire department, including Dunnellon, Crystal River, Wildwood and Brooksville.

  • Making sparks fly

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Ever wonder how much power flows through a live power line?

    How about enough power to roast a hot dog from the inside out in a matter of seconds?

    Now imagine that hot dog being someone’s arm or leg.