• Seniors Vs. Crime 11/23/15: New scam rears head, phishers come back

    I want to remind everyone that we do have a satellite office open on Mondays. It is located in the Sheriff’s Operations Center at 1 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Inverness. If you call or need assistance on Monday, please contact that office at 352-726-4488 and ask to speak with Seniors vs. Crime.

  • I will buy that for a dollar

    I love a bargain, and there is nothing that attracts my attention more than “dollar” deals. Some people might call that being cheap, but I prefer to think of it as being thrifty.
    Certain stores advertise weekly dollar specials, some have dollar aisles, and others just throw in the towel and offer every item for a dollar (my favorite!).

  • So much to be thankful about this year

    This is Thanksgiving week, so it is an appropriate time to mention some of the things I’m thankful for.

    I am thankful I am not the FBI agent assigned to Citrus County, because I would have been working way too many overtime hours this last year looking for all of that hidden fraud and corruption talked about at county commission meetings.

    And sure as the sun rises in the east, my overtime hours would generate calls for an audit.

  • Politics and politeness

    When I was a kid, there was this anti-drug commercial that used to come on TV, where an angry parent confronts his teenage son about the stash of drugs he’s found.

    “Where did you learn this?” dad demands.

    The kid’s reaction has become a minor camp classic.

    “It was YOU!” he blurts out. “I learned it by watching you!”

  • ISIS wants the world to burn

    In the movie “The Dark Knight,” Michael Caine’s character, Alfred, explains the crazed behavior of the Joker by saying this: “... some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

    This is ISIS. ISIS wants the end of the world.

  • Success stories from United Way

    It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Looking back over the past year, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Working at the United Way is a wonderful blessing. Every week, we celebrate successes of one kind or another and I would like to share some of those experiences. 

  • Citrus has strong need for foster homes

    Imagine you’re 4 years old and your big brother is 10. All in one day, you’re taken from your mother after she’s arrested. Your whole world is shaken, but you take solace knowing your big brother is with you, only to find him being put in another car and driven away. 

  • Grace Notes 11/21/2015: A Thanksgiving psalm

    Editor’s note: Nancy Kennedy has been writing an annual psalm of thanksgiving since 1999 when she first started writing her column.

    Dear God,

    It’s that time of year when I sit down to compose my annual psalm of thanksgiving. This will be my 16th year of making public my thanks and gratitude to you for yet another year of your faithfulness to me.

  • Sikorski's Attic 11/22/2015: Nantucket Lightship baskets have colorful backstory

    Dear John: I have a Reyes Lightship pocketbook from 1950. The pegs on the handle are made of ivory, as is the peg fastener. The plaque is ebony and the scrimshaw is a whale which was carved by Charles Sayle, who was the curator of the Whaling Museum in Mystic, Connecticut.

  • Jane's Garden 11/22/2015: Life cycle of Longleaf pines