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  • Probation given in animal-cruelty case

    In a true testament of an animal’s survival skills, several cats rescued from a Floral City home in November remain alive and are available for adoption.

    Officials believed that none of the 133 cats rescued from the house would be healthy enough for adoption. Most — 85 — were euthanized, but the others were adopted by Humanitarians of Florida, which has adopted all but 12 of the cats.

  • A passion for the sea

    Joe Dube

    Special to the Chronicle

    Bringing fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico to the dinner table is not a simple task. In fact, it can be downright dangerous. 

    Fishermen constantly face danger inherent in the job — rough, unpredictable seas, high winds, heavy fog, rain and choppy waves. Being swept overboard and drowning is a real threat. 

  • Cancer hoax suspect gets bail

    The woman accused of feigning a cancer diagnosis allegedly in order to bilk a sympathetic public out of thousands of dollars was granted bail Thursday.

    Circuit Judge Richard Howard set bond for Kelly Johannesson, 36, of North Cloverdale Terrace in Hernando, at $1,000.

    Johannesson also is expected to wear a GPS monitor and is barred from leaving the county without a valid medical reason, according to Howard.

  • Fair keeps heritage alive

    Local historian John Grannan said his research has uncovered an important fact about the  Citrus County Fair: It’s 100 years old this year.

    Grannan, president of the Citrus County Historical 

  • Broken main leaves CHS without water

    On Wednesday, Florida Department of Transportation workers putting in a light pole near the Sonny’s restaurant on Main Street in Inverness hit a water main, which affected the water at Citrus High School. That caused the water to be shut off for a couple of hours, according to CHS Principal Rich Hilgert. 

    The water pressure came back up before the end of the day; however, they were advised not to drink the water until it has been tested. 

  • Senate committee nixes port

    TALLAHASSEE — On Thursday, Port Citrus was unceremoniously deleted from the general transportation bill moving through the Florida Senate.

    The Senate Transportation Committee, chaired by Sen. Jeff Brandes, approved Brandes’ amendment deleting the language from the bill, which listed Port Citrus as one of Florida’a ports. The amended bill was adopted.

  • Good Fella’s suing county over ordinance

    The garbage-hauling company co-owned by County Commissioner Scott Adams is suing the county over its attempts to block the company from disposing of county garbage outside of county lines.

  • Bike riders to converge on trail this weekend

    Roughly 1,000 bicyclists are expected to take to the Withlacoochee State Trail on Saturday.

    The Clean Air Ride, hosted by Citrus Road Runners and DRC Sports, is a bicycle ride open to all skill levels that will raise money for the Key Training Center and Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee.

    The ride begins at 7 a.m., with trail assistance being offered until 3 p.m. The trail closes at dark.

  • Jazz it up in Citrus County

    Rock Crusher Canyon is having an event that is new to Citrus County.

    Jazz Tyme Productions, a Pasco County promoter, is set to put on the Citrus County Jazz Festival on Saturday. The event will run from noon to 7 p.m., with gates opening at 11 a.m.

  • Duke employees volunteer to fix up charity

    Some Duke Energy employees are taking on the Child’s Play Foundation in Yankeetown as a volunteer project.

    The employees will converge on the foundation location on Harmony Lane on April 9. They will repair the roof, gazebo and fence as well as performing maintenance on the grounds and doing some much-needed painting.