Citrus County sheriff's deputies are seeking witnesses who might have information about the man who used a front-end loader on Christmas Day to try to remove an ATM machine from the GTE Credit Union on U.S. 19. Although the attempt failed, deputies are trying to find anyone who may have seen the man, described as white and wearing black pants and a red jacket. Authorities say he used a yellow John Deere front-end loader to ram the ATM about 7:15 p.m., according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. Deputies found the vehicle abandoned near the credit union, which sustained "major structural damage," the release said. Witnesses or anyone with information should call the Sheriff's Office toll-free at 1-888-269-8477, or Detective Luther Willis at 726-4488, ext. 337.
Florida history comes
alive in performance
Betty Jean Steinshouer, an actor, will portray author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in a "living history" performance at two events today. Rawlings wrote The Yearling, among other books, and Steinshouer's performance will describe Rawlings' life at Cross Creek in Alachua County. The performance is part of the Reading Across Citrus: One Community, One Book project. In that project, Citrus residents are encouraged to read Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray. The book is available at the county's libraries. Steinshouer's performances today will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs; and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road, Inverness. Ray will speak and sign books at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Curtis Peterson Auditorium at the Lecanto school complex.