• Playthings of our past

    LECANTO -- From creepy dolls to handmade pogs, the exhibition “The Joy for Girls and Boys — Toys through the Decades” is now on display at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus. 

    The toys spark nostalgia for those who see the finely crafted faces of dolls, miniature trains and more from their childhood. 

  • For the love of libraries

    By Claire Phillips Laxton

    For the Chronicle

    Our Citrus County libraries have much to offer besides interesting  books, and they are a popular venue for all ages. Just listen to Ben Kampschroer, communications facilitator for the Citrus County Library System, about the numerous free services offered here. 

  • Science teacher earns high honor

    Special to the Chronicle

    Mylene Taylor, a seventh-grade science teacher at Lecanto Middle School, is the Air Force Association Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 Teacher of the Year.

  • Boxes for bibliophiles

    Sharon Anderson

    For the Chronicle

    “Take a book, return a book.”

    That’s the mantra of the Little Free Library (LFL) program that has been taking the world by storm. Now, that storm is spreading to Citrus County, courtesy of Altrusa International Women’s Service Club, whose zeal for literacy has led to the purchase and installation of three LFL book exchanges for placement in the county.

  • Middle school students apply high-tech solution to help solve invasive problem

    Students are learning what it takes to be environmental engineers at Citrus Springs Middle School. They are printing prototypes to solve the issues of the invasive algae lyngbya on a brand new, large-scale three-dimensional (3-D) printer in Joshua O’Leary’s seventh-grade and eighth-grade science classes. 

    Once a year, Duke sponsors a teacher from the district to go to Keystone Science School in Keystone, Colorado, and O’Leary won that title last summer.  

  • Branches for building a better world

    Sharon Anderson

    For the Chronicle

    Building a better world by  self-improvement and helping others is the focus of the Citrus County Library System’s free summer

    programming for children and adults. 

    “The kids’ program has been around forever,” Citrus Library Community Facilitator Ben Kampschroer said, “and we are always trying to improve it.”

  • WTC inducts largest group into society

    INVERNESS — Withlacoochee Technical College inducted its largest group of National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) nominees in its history on May 17 . 

    With a total of 33 members from eight programs, the school chose the nominees by their embodiment of seven key attributes identified by NTHS consisting of leadership, scholarship, skills, honesty, citizenship, service and responsiblity. 

  • Recognizing success at WTC

    INVERNESS — Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) was recently recognized for the hard work of every student in the school.

    WTC was notified by its accrediting agency, the Council on Occupational Education (COE), that it is 1 of 3 of a total of 48 technical schools and colleges in the state of Florida to achieve at least 90 percent in each of the measures of student program completion, student placement and licensure.

  • AES takes gold at State Envirothon

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The Academy of Environmental Science’s Majestic Sea Flap-Flaps recently won the State Envirothon, sending them to compete against the best science schools in the nation in July.

    This group walked away with first place overall at the State Envirothon, making a huge jump from sixth place last year while earning them significant bragging rights for years to come. 

  • Kids, are you ready to rock?

    School’s out in two days — so celebrate with a safe and fun night with friends. 

    The city of Inverness and Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) will host the fifth annual School’s Out — Rock the Park Dance Party on Friday, May 26, in downtown Inverness at Liberty Park.