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  • Student critical after shooting self at school; no others injured

    A 15-year-old freshman shot himself in front of an English class at Lecanto High School, Sheriff Jeff Dawsy confirmed during a 1 p.m. press conference.

  • Local rapper returns to alma mater


    Andrew Caplan

    Staff writer

  • For the record 8/22/2015

    Other arrests

    * Thomas Murphree, 32, of North Page Avenue, Hernando, at 12:36 a.m. Aug. 20 on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. According to his arrest affidavit Murphree was pulled over for having a faulty tag light. He reportedly agreed to a search of the vehicle and approximately 0.46 grams of methamphetamine was found in his possession. His bond was set at $2,000.

  • 2015 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

    Back to school shopping is a time honored tradition in many households and this year the Florida Legislator has made it a little more affordable.

    The 2015/2016 Citrus County Public School year will begin Monday August 10.

  • 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.