• Kids learn to kick butts

    Florida Department of Health in Citrus County supported National Kick Butts Day by showing YMCA kids the truth on Big Tobacco on Wednesday, March 15. 

    Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youths to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. There were more than 1,000 events in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world.

  • The young, golden voice at Lecanto High

    By Erica Adkins

    Special to the Chronicle

    Every once in a great while, there is someone who just has the right voice. 

    Lecanto High School sophomore Ronnie Romanelli is one of those lucky people. As a result, he has become the announcer for home boys’ basketball, baseball, football and girls’ soccer games.

  • Positive endings at CHS

    Citrus High School is gearing up for graduation night 2017, and asks the community to support efforts for Project Graduation. 

    Citrus High School mathematics teacher Ashley Cooper said Project Graduation is a celebration for the students after graduation — a celebration free of drugs and alcohol. 

  • Chess center dedicated to former teacher

    One true thing about Karen T. Waters is that she loved chess. 

    “Karen was a teacher at Crystal River Middle (School) for almost 10 years before she passed away on March 12,” said Crystal River Middle School Principal Inge Frederick. “She was very dedicated to her students and believed chess helps to get kids thinking.” 

  • Outdoor appreciation, adventure

    Fifteen YMCA youths from Tampa came face to face with manatees for the first time at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge on Feb. 25. 

    “I’m excited and scared at the same time,” said 15-year-old Monay Johnson. “I don’t know if they like humans, I’ve never been near one, and my mom stated that they eat people.” 

  • Resourceful research

    More than 50 teams of teens put on their thinking caps for a day of scientific study Feb. 21 at the 2017 Nature Coast Envirothon regional competition at Fort Cooper State Park in Inverness. 

    From rubbing rocks with their fingers to testing local water supplies, 300 high school students from Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Sumter counties competed for individual scholarships sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and the New Port Richey Rotary Club. 

  • Homosassa students learn about river environment

    Rochelle Kaiser

    For the Chronicle

    Warm temperatures were an added benefit for students at Homosassa Elementary School as they prepared for their annual trek down Yulee Drive to spend the day recently on the Homosassa River. 

  • Veteran success

    By Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle


    The success of the Veterans in the Classroom program in Citrus County has caught the attention of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

    After wrapping up another year of placing veteran speakers in classrooms with a luncheon on Feb. 10, Sponsor Coordinator Tim Holme received word Citrus is poised to be a model example for the program nationally. 

  • Assessing the situation

    Spring is in the air, and for students that means spring assessments are right around the corner. 

    The Citrus County School Board recently offered tips to ease the stress of parents and students, while promoting success with the assessments throughout the district in the Winter Communication newsletter. 

  • Becoming leaders with Junior Achievement

    Students in Brandy Gibbs’ early childhood education class at Citrus High School spent a day teaching elementary students on Jan. 25 as part of the Junior Achievement program.