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  • 70 years later — a newfound family emerges

    Her name was Magda, a German Jew.

    His name was Carl, an American G.I.

    Magda had been a victim of the Holocaust, sent to Auschwitz, the Nazi prison camp.

    After being rescued and set free by American and Allied troops, she met Carl W. Benson, an American Army soldier.

    The two fell in love, and before Carl returned to the states, to his home in Oklahoma, he gave Magda his address so she could write to him.

  • Who’s buying homes?

    The 2016 National Association of Realtors Homebuyer and Seller Generational Trends study is out and it shows that, for the third year in a row, the millennial generation represented the largest share of homebuyers at 35 percent.

    Millennials, sometimes called Generation Y, are buyers age 18-35.

  • How to fight back

    LECANTO — Robin Cumbie’s workload just got a lot bigger, and she couldn’t be happier about it.

    After Cumbie saw the striking video earlier this month of 30-year-old Craig Bonello apparently attempting to abduct a 13-year-old girl from a Hernando-area Dollar General, she knew she had to do what she could to make sure it didn’t happen again.

  • Jobless rate ticks down, but also doesn’t budge

    Citrus County’s 6 percent unemployment rate for May is down slightly from April and substantially lower than a year ago.

    But even with improving numbers, Citrus still had the third-highest unemployment rate in the state for May, beating out only Hendry and Sumter counties, which posted jobless rates of 7.0 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively. May was the fifth consecutive month Citrus has had the state’s third worst unemployment rate.

  • County ordered to pay blogger’s legal fees

    The Citrus County Commission will have to pay the attorney’s fees of a local blogger who sought records related to an investigation into the conduct of a county commissioner, an appeals court ruled Friday. 

  • Summer smiles heat up

    Field trips, friends, fitness and fun. 

    What more can kids ask for during their summer vacation?

    How about an up-close encounter with wild animals or cheering in the stands at a minor league baseball game? What about thanking members of the military for their service, learning about the oceans and the deep blue sea, being a drama queen (or king)?

  • Police investigating death of Adams’ cows

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of four cows belonging to Commissioner Scott Adams.

    Adams, who is a cattle rancher, reported this week that two cows died in one location and two others died in a separate location over a short period of time, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Heather Yates said.

  • Weekly roundup: ‘You just can’t imagine this happening’


    Jim Saunders

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — Terrorism hit home this week.

    Floridians woke up Sunday morning to the unthinkable. On Saturday night, young people crowded into an Orlando club for music, dancing and the simple joys of being with friends. Hours later, 49 clubgoers were dead and dozens more were wounded.

  • Funds to confront abuse

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has applied for a federal grant it hopes will help make it better able to respond to and prevent domestic violence in Citrus County.

    In March, the sheriff’s office applied for a two-year, $128,000-per-year grant, known as the Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Response to Domestic Violence and Stalking Grant, with the Florida Council Against Domestic Violence (FCADV).

  • One man’s garbage, another’s good deed

    MATTHEW BECK/Chronicle