• Creamy, cool creations


    Carly Zervis


    Ice cream is a traditional staple of summer fun — cold and refreshing after a day on the boat, at the beach or in the pool, and it’s creamy and delicious to boot. But what flavors do people prefer, and why is it so much better in the summer?

    Donna DeHart, co-owner of The Ice Cream Dr. in downtown Inverness, said their most popular flavor is vanilla — “because it goes in sundaes and floats.” But their best-

  • Moo'ving experience

    Some Citrus County kids can tell you how much a cow eats, how often they get milked and how that milk eventually ends up on your table.

    A dip into the world of dairy cows and milk started off their summer.

    They took part in the first M&B Dairy Day Camp, a program designed to mix fun and learning, but with an underlying long-term message. 

  • Exercise disguised


    Angela Maria DeJesus


    The pressure to go to a sterile, big-name gym can be overwhelming, and a person unused

    to the practice of daily exercise might wonder where to begin.

  • Tame your mane

    Got limp locks? Frustrating frizz? Green where blonde should be? Welcome to summer in Citrus County, the season that wreaks havoc on hair.

    However, don’t despair. There are a few things you can do to keep your ’do from flopping in the heat of summer — without losing your cool.

  • Ladies, don't let the summer heat ruin your makeup

    A sad fact of summertime in Citrus County: Not only does your popsicle melt as soon as you step outside into the summer heat and humidity, so does your makeup.

    But before you resign yourself to sweaty streaks down your face or go bare-faced for the next few months, here are some tips to keep your summer face intact and looking good.


  • Summer, cover to cover

    By Katie Hendrick

    This summer, the Citrus County Library System wants youngsters to exercise their brains. 

    “Summer reading loss is a critical issue for our kids,” said Teddianne Goshorn, communications facilitator for Citrus Libraries. “Those who do not have access to books and other educational materials during the summer months can potentially cause them to start the school year at a lower level than their peers who did read over the summer.”

  • Think tanning beds are a safe alternative? Think again

    By Katie Hendrick
    For the Chronicle

    The term “cancer coffin” gets thrown around describing tanning beds. Though dismissed by some as a scare tactic, the macabre moniker isn’t that far-fetched, dermatologists say. A 2013 study linked tanning bed bulbs with 450,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancers and 10,000 cases of melanoma skin cancers per year. The same study identified a 75 percent increased risk of developing melanoma by visiting tanning beds.

  • Happy trails to you

    Hundreds of years of educational experience said so long this year in the 

    Citrus County School District as teachers, bus drivers, administrators and others retired.

    This list was provided by the Citrus County School District and includes employees who retired during the school year but prior to the last bell.

    Here’s hoping they enjoy the summer ... and beyond.

  • Central Ridge Elementary School prepares for end-of-year musical

    Not just the hills are alive with the sound of music, but also the hallways of Central Ridge Elementary School in Citrus Springs as the school’s fifth-grade students prepare for their end-of-year musical.

    This year, the fifth-graders who will be going off to middle school next year are the school’s first kindergarteners from when the school opened in 2009.

  • Her key to success? 'Don't play around'

    She makes school look simple.

    She has mastered almost all high school sports, taken dual-enrollment classes through the College of Central Florida and is attending the University of Florida in the fall.

    But school has not been simple for 17-year-old Bethany Smith of Inverness.