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  • Dental clinic to remain in operation

    Nature Coast Ministries will continue offering free dental services to low-income Citrus County residents and hopes to have a new director in place in the next two to four weeks.

    Don McTarnaghan, one of the founding members of Nature Coast Ministries and its current board vice president, said Tom Slagle’s resignation will not stop the group’s mission.

  • Police locate man Wednesday afternoon after missing since that morning

    Missing person Thomas Pomahac, 70, was found by police Wednesday afternoon after he was reported missing that morning near Liberty Park in Inverness.

    Pomahac became separated from his wife while cycling on Rails to Trails near Liberty Park in Inverness.

    Pomahac was in good condition when police found him.

  • Congressional candidates Nugent, Koller lock horns in debate

    Voters have a distinct choice in the race for the U.S. House District 11 seat, with Ocala Democrat Dave Koller challenging U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Brooksville.

    The two went head to head for the first time Tuesday night at the Chronicle’s political forum.

  • Kitchen, White spar over taxes

    LECANTO — The candidates for the Citrus County Commission District 2 seat sparred mainly over taxes at a public forum Tuesday night, heading into the final two weeks of the 2014 campaign season.

    Republican Ron Kitchen and no-party-affiliation (NPA) candidate Michael “Joey” White laid out their positions before a crowd of more than 200 people at the Citrus County Chronicle political forum at the Citrus campus of the College of Central Florida.

  • Businessman arrested on weapons charges

    An Inverness business owner was taken into federal custody Tuesday on allegations of possessing numerous illegally obtained firearms and manufacturing pipe-bomb explosives after search efforts conducted by federal and county authorities uncovered numerous weapons.

  • Scott, Crist snipe at each other in final debate

    JACKSONVILLE — Florida’s leading candidates for governor clashed fiercely during their final debate on Tuesday night, sniping at each over everything from the economy and the minimum wage to the death penalty.

  • Help feed Citrus County

    People are hungry in Citrus County.

    Sixty-two percent of school-aged children receive free- or reduced-price school lunches.

    One out of six adults and one out of four children — or 17 percent of Citrus County’s population — live below the poverty level.

    That’s more than 24,000 men, women and children who struggle daily to pay their bills and put food on the table.

  • County briefs 10/22/14

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    Two injured Tuesday in small plane crash

    A 49-year-old male piloting an experimental aircraft and a passenger, a male in his 20s, were injured Tuesday morning when the craft crashed at the Dunnellon-Marion County Airport.

    The pilot was transported as a trauma alert. The passenger did not sustain life-threatening injuries, a Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) spokeswoman said.

  • Court digest: Sex with an inmate nets probation for woman

    On Tuesday, Judge Richard Howard accepted a guilty plea from Kimberly A. Vernon, charged with sexual misconduct between a detention facility employee and an inmate. 

    Vernon, 42, of Citrus Springs, a former food service worker at the Citrus County jail, was arrested in September on charges of having sex with an inmate.

    The report claims she engaged in sexual conduct with a federal prisoner on various occasions between May 30 and Sept. 17. 

  • Guardian of the children

    Best-selling author and Citrus County resident Gay Courter says at age 45 she felt the tug of a new calling — becoming a voice for among the most vulnerable: children in distress.

    And Courter, who is now 70, continues to carry the torch of volunteerism as a Guardian Ad Litem and the plight of children who sometimes find themselves involuntarily involved in legal dependency system.