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  • From China to Beverly Hills

    BEVERLY HILLS — This isn’t exactly the Beverly Hills that Hollywood has portrayed in movies.

    Sure there are majestic palm trees, a warm climate and even real housewives.

    But that’s about all the east coast and west coast Beverly Hills have in common.

  • Jobless rate up in June

    Citrus County’s unemployment rate for June hit 7.5 percent as the total number of workers in the county labor force continued to decline. 

    According to state job figures released Friday, the county’s unemployment rate ranks 12th highest in Florida, which has an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent.

  • Nugent cancels open house

    U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent’s office has canceled the Service Academy Open House planned for Saturday afternoon. One of the academies had to cancel at the last minute. The event will be rescheduled for a date in the fall.

  • Deputies arrest bank robber

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the SunTrust Bank on Forest Ridge Boulevard near Citrus Hills around 12:30 p.m. Friday in reference to a robbery. When deputies arrived, they found a man crouching behind the lobby chairs clutching cash. He was then arrested and taken into custody without incident.

  • Key runners in home stretch

    Editor’s note: It’s Run for the Money Week, with runners taking turns covering the 180 miles between the Capitol in Tallahassee and the Key Training Center campus in Lecanto. While the purpose of the grueling journey is to raise awareness about the developmentally disabled, it is especially significant in that it brings attention to the need for donations to cover the expenses of Key clients who don’t receive government support.

  • Possible reprimand hangs over judge race

    The three candidates vying to defeat incumbent family law judge Sandy Kautz all agree on one thing: She must go.

    And the reason for their insistence is in black and white — last December, Kautz signed a stipulation before the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission that was investigating allegations against the judge.

    The commission then recommended a public reprimand of Kautz. The matter is pending before the state Supreme Court.

  • CCHB: Tax rate is planning for future

    INVERNESS — The Citrus County Hospital Board is looking to maximize its final year of taxation by making sure it has enough money to oversee a 50-year lease with Hospital Corporation of America.

    The CCHB voted 3-0 Thursday night to set the tentative 2014-15 tax rate at 1.25 mills, enough to raise $9.8 million.

    Board chairwoman Debbie Ressler said, however, that the board’s intent is to drop that millage amount before the final tax rate is established in September.

  • Thorpe’s budget holds line on taxes

    INVERNESS — Brad Thorpe’s final budget as Citrus County administrator is dull, drab and offers little to get excited about.

    Just the way Thorpe wants it.

    Thorpe on Friday unveiled the proposed $230.7 million budget that cuts revenue and spending by 4 percent but also takes advantage of the Duke Energy settlement with the property appraiser.

  • Runners reach halfway point

    Editor’s Note: It’s Run for the Money Week, with runners taking turns covering the 180 miles between the Capitol in Tallahassee and the Key Training Center campus in Lecanto. While the grueling journey is to raise awareness about the developmentally disabled, it is especially significant in that it brings attention to the need for donations to cover the expenses of Key clients who don’t receive government support.

  • Television show features 1986 county murder

    The Investigative Discovery program “Swamp Murders” episode featuring Citrus County will be rebroadcast at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19. 

    The program titled “The Wrong Turn” details the 1986 murder of Angela Crowley, a 21-year-old Lauderdale Lakes woman who was kidnapped after stopping at a Crystal River pay phone to call a friend in Yankeetown, where she was headed.