• ‘We are having a blast’

    Two high schools are welcoming new band directors to lead their band’s musical way. 

    Joshua Tavana joined Citrus High School just a few weeks ago, replacing Jermaine Reynolds. While Bobby Crane joined Lecanto High School this summer, replacing Aaron Woodfin.

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    Joshua Tavana is bringing his love for music to the students at Citrus High School year all the way from Michigan. 

  • Students gain high-tech skills

    INVERNESS — Citrus High School is leading the way in technology by introducing The Academy of Computer Sciences for students entering ninth grade this year. 

    The goal of the academy is to provide students with the best foundation possible in the computer sciences using real-world scenarios.  

  • Small school, big plans


    Rochelle Kaiser

    For the Chronicle

    When Homosassa Elementary School has a rare vacancy for a teacher it’s safe to say it goes rather quickly. Luckily for Paula Carty she was able to get one of only three spaces available for the coming school year.

  • New beginnings

    Students are filling their backpacks with supplies while teachers are embracing the start of a new year.

    Schools on the east side of Citrus County are steaming full force as classes begin today.

    This year, there are six new teachers at Floral City Elementary School (FCE).

    A couple are pretty new to the field while others bring years of experience from other counties.

  • Precious cargo

    About 10,500 Citrus County students ride the bus to and from class every school day. With roughly 15,000 students, that is 70 percent of school-aged children relying on bus transportation. 

    Bus drivers carry precious cargo, making the position one of the most important jobs in Citrus County schools. 

  • Hittin' the trail

    Diane Dobry
    Setting up camp, exploring local trails with friends, enjoying nature, and communing with animals are all ways to spend time in Citrus County parks, forests and greenways.  Add a horse to the mix and you have a special breed of enjoyment.
    From equestrians in the area who have their own horses and stables, to visitors to the county who want to go riding for an hour or more, there are lots of available options and places to go.

  • At one with the wilderness



    What was once a mud hole that housed a beautiful natural spring 80 years ago in the Ocala National Forest is today what we know as Juniper Springs Recreation Area, a campground and wilderness area near State Road 40 in Ocala.  

  • ‘Take me to the river, drop me in the water’

    Diane Dobry


    Decades before the mega-

    theme parks made Florida an international destination, there were smaller natural attractions for families to enjoy.  Rainbow Springs Attraction in Dunnellon was one of them.

  • Bird is the word in Citrus County

    Diane Dobry


  • Art for all ages at Appleton Museum

    Diane Dobry


    While most of the country is outdoors enjoying the sunshine and warmth of the summer, we in Florida are looking for ways to beat the heat.  A day at the Appleton Museum in Ocala offers not only a reprieve from the weather, but plenty of creative stimulation, glimpses of history, hands-on activities for the young and not-so-young, films, music and social events.