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Today's News

  • Rainbow’s flow cut

    BROOKSVILLE — About 75 people packed the Southwest Florida Water Management District board chambers Tuesday to protest a proposal to adopt a minimum flow level for the Rainbow River that’s a 5 percent decrease over the present flow rate.

    After three hours of public comment, water district board members discussed the matter for almost another hour before voting unanimously to adopt the minimum flow and level (MFL) rate. It is the first time a minimum flow rate has been set for the southwest Marion County river.

  • State buys portion of Rainbow River Ranch

    For the second time in less than a year Gerry Dodd has sold another portion of property he had proposed to develop into the Rainbow River Ranch when he acquired it in 2006. 

    His development proposal triggered a years long legal battle with Rainbow River Conservation and a number of other individuals who fought to preserve the environmentally sensitive property.

  • Recycle bins to stay put

    INVERNESS — Remaining recycling drop-off centers will stay open after Citrus County commissioners learned Tuesday a solid waste study is still four months away from board review.

    Board Chairman Scott Carnahan, who led the board vote earlier this month to close neighborhood recycling centers because of trashy conditions and illegal dumping at the sites, led another vote to keep them open.

  • County: Make EDC like TDC

    INVERNESS — Citrus County commissioners felt no need Tuesday to rewrite the playbook on economic development.

    But they agreed the county needs someone to run the plays.

    Commissioners voted 3-2 to develop an ordinance that both sets up an economic development council and creates a full-time director’s position in the hopes of solving a decades-long problem of boosting the county’s economy.

  • Council votes to buy trolley

    Crystal River will be in the trolley business — at least for this summer.

    In a 5-0 vote Monday, the city council approved to purchase one of the city’s currently leased trolleys to transport people between April and October into Three Sisters Springs. 

    City Manager Dave Burnell said the cost would be between $53,000 and $54,000, but would not exceed $55,000.

  • Pirates prom royalty voted in
  • Big fishing tourney raises money
  • Fallen Heroes Monument gets donation
  • Details of deadly crash emerge at trial

    Attorneys on Tuesday laid out their arguments to jurors to start the trial of a Dunnellon woman facing two counts of DUI-manslaughter for each woman who died after a car crash.

    In his opening statement, prosecutor Bill Catto said 53-year-old Marianne Jennifer Campbell was intoxicated on the night of Oct. 27, 2014, when she was driving the wrong way on U.S. 19 and collided head-on with a vehicle and its occupants, Ruby Pearl Ray and Greta Overbay.

  • Caring for the crew

    The life of traveling carnival workers isn’t easy.

    Sometimes all it takes is a hot cup of coffee, a warm smile and a listening ear to brighten their day or lift their burden.

    For more than 20 years, the Nature Coast Baptist Association has set up shop at the Citrus County Fair, reaching out to the carnival workers with the love of God — and homemade cookies.