• Dogs, cats, hamsters, iguanas and assorted other animals can be found in homes throughout Citrus County and across the nation.

    A Florida Realtors report said 68 percent of households have at least one pet. And while they bring smiles to their owners, they can be a problem when it comes time to sell their home. Many buyers think twice when they find the home they are considering has also been the haven of one or more animals for a long time.

  • Jennifer Losse, RN


    As an emergency room nurse, I can tell you that there are many times when I see patients in the ER too late; if only the patient had arrived sooner their outcome and quality of life would be much different. With a little knowledge, anyone can help to save a life or at least maintain the current quality of life for a loved one, friend or stranger. 

  • By the time this column is published, World Voice Day — which is April 16 — will have come and gone.  It is a day that is devoted to voice quality problems and has been celebrated for over 10 years. 

  • Recently, a great deal of attention has been focused on processed foods and their potential link to various types of cancer.  Now, even more data is available linking these substances to a higher cancer risk.  Drinking alcohol, eating processed meat, and being overweight increase the risk of developing stomach cancers, according to a major new scientific report released by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund.

  • On his desk at the Citrus County Welcome Center, Christopher Stoney has one of those wireless driveway alert boxes that goes off when any tourist opens the door in the adjacent lobby.

    Like the Flash super-hero, Stoney bolts out the door and tries to personally interact with every visitor so he can turn them on to the many attractions to be found in this area.

  • Diane Dobry


    “When people drive into Meadowcrest — just the feel of the community with the landscaping and the trees — they fall in love,” commented Janet Locke, president of the Meadowcrest Community Association (MCA). “The trees are old and big and beautiful, and they give a feeling of serenity and permanence.”

  • Julie Gorham 


  • Dr. Richard Hoffmann

  • Dr. Richard Hoffmann

  • I recently saw a 75-year-old white female. She has always been very healthy and very active. She noticed that she was getting tired and very weak. She went to see her internist. He did a CBC and found her hemoglobin at 3 gm (normal is 12 to 16 gm). This is markedly low and can cause life- threatening complications, like a heart attack.

  • For almost 25 years, Bonnie Rosenberger has been a familiar face to Realtors in Citrus County.

    Realtors Association of Citrus County presidents changed every year, but Rosenberger was the one person agents could rely on when they had concerns or visited the association’s Lecanto office.

  • Gloria Yoder


    First, a friendly “hello” to our reader friends who read this column in the Ledger-Independent in Maysville, Kentucky. I’ve only been to Kentucky a couple of times, but found it to be a beautiful state. Thanks for reading!

  • For Bev and me, this cheerful warm weather of late brings thoughts of dry and crisp Rosés (rose-ays), the quintessential drink for poolside, patios and picnics.

  • Katie Lucas


    Good morning!  

  • People decide to sell their homes for all sorts of reasons — noisy neighbors, the desire to downsize, change of financial status, new job.

    Maybe people have just gotten tired of the same place after 10 years and want a change.

    A new report by the mortgage research firm HSH.com highlights why people are pulling up stakes and seeking another abode. Some of the reasons might be obvious. Others, not so much.

  • Denise Lavoie

    Associated Press

    DUDLEY, Mass. — On the site of a long-idle dairy farm, leaders of a local mosque hope to build a final resting place for about 500 Muslim families — to the dismay of many residents of this quaint town in central Massachusetts.