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Shady AC repairman who ripped off elderly residents back behind bars

A shady air conditioning repairman has been jailed again for violating his probation. Christopher Michael Romanenko, 45, of Weirsdale, was being held without bond this weekend at the Lake County Jail on multiple violations of his probation. He had been arrested in 2016 on numerous counts of contracting without a...
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South Sumter football mom previously ordered into anger management

A football mom arrested this past week after an alleged post-game attack at South Sumter High School previously had been ordered into anger management. Jami Powell Barnes, 44, of Inverness, was arrested Tuesday night on a felony charge of burglary with assault or battery after a middle school football game at the high school in Bushnell.

Walk Through That Door

”Change can come – embrace it and see where it leads to.” That was the advice that Bobby Read gave to a grassroots group of future business owners and entrepreneurs last Wednesday. Walk Through That Door. Bobby spoke about his life and the events that led him to...

DeSantis declares state of emergency for Tropical Depression 9

September 23, 2022 - Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for 24 counties as Tropical Depression 9 strengthens. The counties include Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk and Sarasota, according to the governor's Friday announcement. As of Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Tropical Depression 9 could reach South Florida by Monday. DeSantis has also requested a federal emergency declaration be declared ahead of landfall to free up resources as local governments prepare for the storm, according to a release from his office.

More than 100 dogs in Sumter County looking for forever homes

Sumter County Animal Services is reaching out to Sumter County residents, animal assistance organizations and others to help these animals by fostering, rescuing, or adopting a dog today. There are more than 100 dogs that are ready for their forever homes – they have been vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and...

Weekiwachee Preserve feasibility study released

The long awaited feasibility study for recreational uses of the Weekiwachee Preserve has been completed. The study determined that recreational features and facilities are possible, and an initial cost estimate has been provided by Fender Marine Construction, Inc. for $808,898, which includes initial design, 56 feet of prefabricated footbridge, three 10’ x 12’ picnic shelters, five 15’ x 27’ picnic pavilions with concrete floors, and a prefabricated ‘EZ Dock’ kayak launch.

Motorcyclist from Sumter County dies after struck by van

A motorcyclist from Sumter County died after he was struck by a van driven by a Mount Dora man. The 28-year-old Sumterville man at 6:25 a.m. Friday was riding a 2007 Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle on Orange Blossom Trail in Orange County when he collided with a van that was attempting to make a left turn and entered into the motorcyclist’s lane of travel, according to an accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol.
Citrus County Chronicle

Defendants charged in connection to shooting over $200 debt appear in court

A few of the eight defendants charged with participating in an alleged shooting targeting an Inverness resident over a $200 debt appeared in court. Jesse Boesch, Jeremy Cooker, Martavis Horton and Geraldine Moore – each shackled and clothed in inmate garb – separately went before Citrus County Circuit Court Judge Joel Fritton Thursday, Sept. 22, to be told Nov. 17 was their next court date.
Citrus County Chronicle

Inverness man arrested for neglecting, severely injuring girl

An Inverness man was arrested on accusations he neglected and seriously injured a girl in his care. Citrus County Sheriff’s Office authorities took 35-year-old Michael Wesley Comins Jr. into custody Tuesday, Sept. 20, under charges of child neglect and aggravated child abuse.

Self-serve sandbag sites to open Sunday, Sept. 25

BROOKSVILLE -- In preparation for impacts from Tropical Storm Ian, sandbag locations will open Sunday, Sept. 25, beginning at 9 a.m. A limited supply of sand and sandbags will be at the following locations. You should your own shovel. 1. Linda Pedersen Park. 6300 Shoal Line Blvd. Spring Hill, FL34609.

Where to find sandbags in Tampa Bay for Tropical Storm Ian

Some Tampa Bay area governments are opening sandbag locations as Tropical Storm Ian sets its sights on the Gulf of Mexico and a potential landfall in Florida. As of Saturday afternoon, the Tampa Bay area was within the storm’s potential path. Forecasters expect the storm to strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane, with winds of at least 111 mph, after it moves into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.

Taking care of feet in need

It is estimated that about 75 percent of people will suffer from a foot-related health problem at some point in their lives. If you’re a low income individual who suffers from chronic foot problems, you can be assured that help is now available to you via a new People Helping People program that gives a real “step up” for those in need of enhanced podiatric health.

Lake & Sumter County Friday Night Football Scores, September 23, 2022

Oh man! This game looked like a blowout on paper, but when you think of the historic significance this game will have in a couple of years, its plain to see why this was such an amazing game to attend. Alvon Isaac who came into the evening off a 5 touchdown performance against Citrus High School matched that performance Friday night! Alvon Isaac is the first Villages Buffalo player in history to record back to back 5 touchdown games! A feat that may never be matched! In fact he has a chance to make history again as potentially the only player in Lake County History to do it 3 times in a row when The Villages Face Eustis next Friday night.

Program aims to school students and parents about drug disposal

Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville and F.W. Springstead High School in Spring Hill, are among three Hernando County high schools taking part in a pilot program aimed at teaching parents and children the safe disposal of prescription medication. The program is slated to get underway at Hernando High School in Brooksville shortly.