• LECANTO — The slate has been wiped clean and the school is alive.

    Citrus County’s only Catholic school, which survived a permanent shutdown six months ago, has made a 180-degree turn.

  • I think everyone is familiar with the term “burnout.” It describes a condition of chronic stress and frustration that can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion.


    Q: I have all of my lower teeth and most of my upper ones. I am missing the first large molar on both sides up top and have a problem with the last tooth on the right. This tooth needs a root canal and a crown to be saved.

    I am afraid if I don’t save it, I will miss not being able to chew on that side, but the cost is a big concern for me as I am retired and on a fixed income. I have a little savings, but I am afraid to spend it on this. I enjoy reading your column and thought you might have some ideas for me.

  • Today, at a reader’s request, we will cover the topic of kidney cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma.

  • Mr. Smith is a 45-year-old white male who noticed some red spots all over his legs and some blood in his stool. He went to see his family physician. The doctor ordered blood work and he found extremely low platelet count, and so he referred the patient to me.

    There are three kinds of cells in the blood. Red blood cells (RBCs) that transport oxygen or white blood cells (WBCs) that fight against infection.



    Katie Hendrick


    You’re miserable, suffering from a litany of unpleasant symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, a fever, a headache, body aches and a sore throat. Before you curse your coughing co-worker for giving you the flu, you might reflect on what you ate last week. Maybe that chicken sat in your refrigerator a little too long before you cooked it.

  • John Funderburk of Hernando received third-place honors in the Save Our Waters Week photo contest with his magnificent photo of a great white egret’s mirrored image reflected in the water while on the hunt.



    Gloria Yoder


    Summer is rapidly turning to autumn and we will soon be heading back home to Illinois.

  • While most major grape varieties are European in origin, there is one member of the “Vinifera” family (those actually not native to America) that has become distinctly an offspring of the U.S., and that is Zinfandel. Its roots have been traced to Italy and Yugoslavia, but grape scientists are unable to pinpoint its real home.



    Randy Hobson


    During the past two years I’ve tended a large container of pineapple plants that was given to me. Much to our delight, this summer four of the plants in the pot produced pineapples. Watching them closely, we harvested them one by one as they turned a golden yellow. Ripened on the plant, they were the sweetest, best pineapples I’ve ever tasted.

  • Foodie that I am, there is much excitement today about the arrival of my new pressure cooker/slow cooker combination with a browning element. There is a list of recipes ready to go and as soon as I learn how to use it, I’ll start cooking.

    It looks like a marvelous utensil, but it may take a couple of days to figure out all the twists and turns of using this 21st century innovation.

  • A pleasant trip back in time to an era that evokes both hardscrabble living and gracious Southern hospitality awaits guests at the Florida Artists Gallery and Café in the heart of Floral City.

    The historic house and grounds, as well as hosts Ann and Bill

    Covington, exemplify the cache of Victorian ambiance, a glimpse of 19th century Americana.

  • Active and passionate supervisors are what differentiate one boss from the next. They are the ones who often find themselves with employees who follow their directions with respect and the hunger to work harder.

    But becoming a “servant leader” just doesn’t happen overnight. It often takes place because a person is involved with the accumulation of years of great mentors.

    That is what Citrus High School Principal and Best Boss Richard Hilgert declares.

  • After being guests on your “home field,” there’s nothing like having your own turf.

    That’s what the students and members of Seven Rivers Christian School in Lecanto are anticipating to celebrate at their first football game in 2015.

    Just southeast of the school on West Southern Street — about a mile down — are piles of downed trees and graded land for the future home of Seven Rivers Christian School’s $1.6 million athletic complex, yet to be named.

  • September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. As an ovarian cancer survivor, I decided to share some prevention tips and my story.

    Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer, as there are few symptoms such as bloating, heartburn and some pelvic discomfort. This is difficult to detect or question, as women have these symptoms often.

  • Cancer of the colon and rectum is the third most common cause of cancer in the U.S. It affects roughly 140,000 men and women every year. It is a highly preventable cancer.

    Colorectal cancer most often begins as a polyp, a noncancerous growth that may develop on the inner wall of the colon or rectum, as people get older. If not treated or removed, a polyp can become a potentially life-threatening cancer. Recognizing and removing precancerous polyps can prevent colorectal cancer.

  • Dr. Udaya Kumar


    The management of prostate cancer has changed considerably during the past 20 years. Active surveillance (AS) or observation is an increasingly used management strategy for low-risk prostate cancer in selected individuals.

  • As we know there are many “super bugs” that have developed through the years as a result of indiscriminate antibiotic use and bacteria becoming resistant. Years ago, we were concerned about methicillin-resistant staph aureus also known as MRSA.

  • Recently, a reader contacted me regarding the topic of bone cancer. She was concerned so many people she knew seemed to have cancer of the bone, and was interested in obtaining more information about this topic. Today, we will cover a cancer that is actually extremely rare.

  • Q. Is it OK to continue my walking for exercise even with my plantar fasciitis?

    A. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a strong band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It helps to maintain arch height, absorb shock and increase the mechanical efficiency of the foot.