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  • Camp stimulates young would-be engineers

    Middle school girls got technical and creative during a summer camp at Withlacoochee Technical College, getting excited about everything science and engineering have to offer in their futures.

    As a part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Camp, 19 girls from 11 to 13 years old split up into five teams to brainstorm an idea for a new cellphone accessory, design and build it. 

  • Scott drops lawsuit

    FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he’s dropping a lawsuit against the Obama administration after federal officials agreed in principle to extend federal hospital funds for two more years.

  • Scott signs budget into law

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday ended the state’s biggest budget crisis in more than two decades by signing a more than $78 billion budget into law, but he may have created another divide with some of his fellow Republicans. 

  • Art of Area Attractions

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  • Swimmers warned of flesh-eating bacteria

    The Florida Department of Health is warning swimmers to take precautions against flesh-eating bacteria when swimming in the Gulf during the hot summer months.

    This time of year, there are more reports of infections due to the potentially deadly Vibrio vulnificus bacterium, which lives in estuaries, brackish waters and coastal areas. People with open cuts or wounds are particularly at risk and are warned to take precautions when entering the water.

  • Church shooting suspect in custody

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white man was arrested Thursday in the slayings of nine people, including the pastor, at a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston.

    Dylann Storm Roof, 21, stayed for nearly an hour inside the church Wednesday night before shooting six females and three males at a prayer meeting, Police Chief Greg Mullen said.

    Roof was arrested at a traffic stop Thursday morning in North Carolina, Mullen said.

  • Educational renaissance

    Citrus County School Board members voted unanimously Tuesday to extend for another year the lease of a Marion County company which operates the

    Renaissance Center.

    If the extension wasn’t endorsement enough, district officials indicate the company is doing a great job running the school.

  • Seniors vs. Crime 6/8/15: When traveling, don’t get taken for a ride

    Each week I try to address issues that are current and relevant to our local residents, so I am always on the lookout for topics to cover. This week the topic was hand-delivered to me by one of our staff members. The primary theme this week is “travel clubs” and originates from information provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

  • New life for the Valerie
  • Commissioners say they are removing 10-day euthanasia rule at shelter

    County commissioners say they are ditching the 10-day euthanasia rule at the animal shelter. Commissioners also want to turn over operation of the shelter to a animal-rescue non-profit group. See tomorrow's Chronicle for the details.