Katie Hendrick


    When you hear the word “cataracts,” you might think of George Burns and his Coke bottle glasses that were so thick he developed tunnel vision.

    “He couldn’t look at another actor and his feet at the same time, so he shuffled when he walked across a stage,” said Dr. John Rowda, an ophthalmologist at the West Coast Eye Institute in Lecanto.



    Gloria Yoder

    The Amish Cook

  • A frequently asked request is: Help me with a stress-free approach when ordering from a restaurant wine list.

    This needs more than just a one-sentence reply. We are not discussing the little table cards citing a half dozen selections, nor the inventory restaurants may feature on the inside of set menus, typically easy to follow. Rather, let’s focus on the hefty choices offered by big cruise ships, as well as major urban top-shelf restaurants with wine lists resembling a telephone book.

  • Jennifer Schreifels is convinced, she says, “that once people taste my baked goods they will be back for more.”

    Comments from customers in the store recently would indicate she is right on the mark, judging by their rave reviews for her custard-filled éclairs and carrot cakes.

    The entrepreneur and mother of two children opened her Sweet Life Bakery on County Road 581 in Inverness, on May 1 of this year, a venture she describes as a labor of love.

  •  So, how do you like your sandwich? The choices are endless, but today, Oct. 9, is National Submarine Day, so you might want to think about that question and act on it.

    Goodness knows there are a plethera of sub shops in Citrus County if you don’t want to create your amazing sandwich. Hot or cold, a good sub sandwich is a sight and taste to behold.

  • One nationwide chain restaurant is helping a local employee succeed in life.

    The Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation has selected two-year Inverness team member Kristen Bullock as a recipient of a $2,000 Reach High scholarship.

    The 2003 Dunnellon High School graduate is currently attending College of Central Florida for a degree in business administration and a dream of opening a Popeye’s franchise in Inverness.

  • What does Superintendent Sandra “Sam” Himmel do all day?

    That’s what Lecanto High School’s Simi Shah wanted to discover Thursday as she followed Himmel around the district.

    “I think it is important for students our age to understand what people put into our school system and how hard the superintendent works to keep everything in order,” Shah said.

    Recently, at a LHS football game, Shah approached Himmel with the request to shadow her for the day.

  • Nestled north of Beverly Hills is a small, but mighty school for parents desiring biblical education for their children.

    St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church & School only has 72 students enrolled; however, they are academically competitive throughout the county.


    Megan Carella


    Fitness instructor Vickie Reed never expected a breast cancer diagnosis three years ago. With no family history and a very healthy lifestyle, breast cancer was the last thing on the then 54-year-old’s mind. A mammogram and then a biopsy indicated stage 1 cancer. A lumpectomy and radiation therapy followed.

  • The lymphatic system is the part of the circulatory system that helps transport lymphocytes to fight infection and filter intracellular fluid that escapes from and returns it to the circulatory system.

  • The passing of the comedian Joan Rivers has grabbed our attention. Headlines in the newspaper and on TV have likely also stirred some fears and concerns about safety of outpatient surgery.

  •  Last week, we began a series of articles regarding tumors of the brain. This week, we will mention and discuss in some detail the more common types of brain tumors.

  • A 75-year-old woman was referred to me for persistent elevation of white blood cells or WBCs. She had several blood counts or CBCs done over the past few months and all showed increased WBCs.

    WBCs fight against infections and so it can increase when there is an infection such as pneumonia. But if it is high for a few months without any evidence of infection, the doctor needs to look for other reasons.


    By Katie Lucas

    October is breast cancer awareness month, so if you see Nature Coast EMS team members wearing pink shirts this month, please know not only did they purchase their own shirts, they also made a donation for breast cancer awareness.

    Cooterfest rounds out the month with festivities starting on Oct. 24 and at the Tri Cooter Spring Triathlon on Oct. 26.

  • Editor’s note: Nancy Kennedy is on vacation this week. Her husband requested this column from 2004 about his 1968 Ford Falcon station wagon be rerun. He still misses that car. Nancy doesn’t.

    Although a brand new Ford F-150 “Lightning” pickup truck tops my husband’s list of dream vehicles, his eyes still mist whenever anyone mentions “the limo.”

  • 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.