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Citrus deputies request public's help in locating missing man

Citrus deputies request public's help in locating missing man

Homosassa, FL - Detectives are requesting the public's help in locating a Homosassa man who has been missing for almost one month. 51-year-old Christopher Waugh was reported missing on Nov. 29 when deputies visited his unlocked home, which had all personal effects intact but no sign of Waugh himself.

Waugh, who is considered a missing and endangered adult, is described as 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, caucasian, with brown hair and eyes. He is also missing three of his front teeth.

Deputies do not suspect foul play or violence. They are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers of Citrus County at 1-888-ANY-TIPS.

Citrus County band invited to perform at inauguration

Citrus County band invited to perform at inauguration

Tallahassee, FL - The Citrus High School Marching Band will receive quite an honor this year, as the student musicians are the only Bay area band to be invited to take part in Governor-elect Rick Scott’s inaugural parade next month. The "Marching 'Canes" traditionally perform at all Varsity football games, several marching contests per season, and special events like the upcoming inauguration.

The new governor’s inauguration committee announced that more than 70 participants will be in the procession down Monroe Street on Jan. 4. It will be less than a mile long and last about two hours, starting at 2:15 p.m., shortly after conclusion of the 11 a.m. swearing-in ceremonies.

Citrus county unemployment rates on the rise

Citrus county unemployment rates on the rise

Crystal River, FL - According to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, unemployment numbers are on the rise again in Citrus county. The somewhat sudden increase to 13.8%, up 0.8% since last month, however, is far from final.

The rates, released last Friday by the agency, show economic instability in the market, and could just as easily decline again next month.

The unemployed population topped 14 percent in the three-county region of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties this November, according to Workforce Connection data, with the Ocala region claiming the second-highest unemployment rate in the state of Florida.

Lecanto alum stars in film alongside A-listers

Lecanto alum stars in film alongside A-listers

Crystal River, FL - Miles Tellers graduated from Citrus county's Lecanto High School in 2005, where he excelled in drama and starred as Willard in his school's production of "Footloose." Now, Teller is playing the exact same part in the upcoming big screen adaptation of the 1984 hit musical.

First, though, the rising star from Lecanto will be seen in a supporting role in a feature film opening this weekend in limited release. The movie, “Rabbit Hole,” stars A-listers like Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. It has collected a number of award nominations, including a Golden Globe for Kidman for best actress in a drama. Time magazine even named it the top 10.

The film is slated for wider release Dec. 25, and will be shown at the AMC Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar, near Citrus County, among other theatres in the greater Bay area.

FWS tallies just over 600 manatees at local refuge

FWS tallies just over 600 manatees at local refuge

Crystal River, FL - Manatees struggling to stay warm are seeking refuge at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the total at 621 manatees after completing its most recent aerial survey of the area. Sixty manatees were also counted from land at Three Sister Springs.

According to Citrus County Chronicle Online, there were 468 adults and 48 calves in King's Bay, three adults in Crystal River, 27 adults in the power plant discharge canal, 70 adults and five calves in the Homosassa River, and three adults and one calf in the lower Homosassa River.

Whooping cranes migrating over Dunnellon-Marion airport may be delayed

Whooping cranes migrating over Dunnellon-Marion airport may be delayed

Dunnellon, FL - Bird enthusiasts hoping to get a rare show tomorrow morning of five juvenile whooping cranes may be put off a day. The recent cold front has been a big factor on whether the flight crew guiding the birds will be able to fly. According to their field journal, they were already grounded today putting them back a day because of strong winds in Jefferson County. The Operation Migration pilots feel confident tomorrow will be a much better day for flight.

Authorities seek information on missing Crystal River teen

Authorities seek information on missing Crystal River teen

Crystal River, FL - Authorities are still pursuing the case of the Oct. 23 disappearance of 17-year-old Holly McKenzie Ireland of Crystal River, who they suspect is somewhere in the International Drive area of Orlando.

Holly is white, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and weighs130 pounds. She has brown eyes and long brown hair, which may have been colored an auburn shade. Her mother reported Holly missing from their home on West Waterloo Drive in late October.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office reports that Holly is a habitual runaway.