Today's Features

  • After just a few months as new pastor of Hernando United Methodist Church, the Rev. David Spaulding knows this is where God wants him to be. 

    “The church has been here for quite a while,” he said. “But God has a way of showing us how to do things differently.” 

    Spaulding and his wife, Jeanne, recently moved to Citrus County from Jacksonville. 

  • There’s a group of people in North Carolina who call themselves People of the Second Chance (POSC).

    One of the things they do is throw parties — for people just out of prison, for recovering drug addicts, for misfits, for the discouraged, for the uncelebrated and forgotten, for the overlooked and hurting, for those bowed down with guilt and shame.

  • Jim Davis
    Play it by ear
    ’Tis the season … of conspicuous consumption with a generous portion of distraction from the routine. You can find a sliver of peace if you can mute the seasonal cacophony by tuning in to some fine locally grown music.

  • Christmas is approaching and those who need proof only need to check out the host of upcoming holiday parades.
     Beverly Hills leads off with its parade from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, with the route running along Beverly Hills Boulevard.
    Music, food and drinks, along with a children’s fun area, will accompany the festivities, running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    An outdoor holiday art and crafts station will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Sharon Harris
    Art talk

  • Norm Freyer
    Watercolor society

  • Editor’s note: Gloria took Thanksgiving week off to spend time with family. Her husband Daniel’s family was visiting from Ohio so it promised to be an enjoyable, but busy, week in the Yoder household. Gloria will return next week with all the household happenings!

  • Thanksgiving 2016 is now just a memory, but the owners and staff at Mr. King Restaurant in Crystal River are giving thanks today in a very special way.

    As Jenny Wang and Yuh-Chung Wang plan their Chinese New Year menu in January 2017, they are offering thank-you gifts to the first 100 customers visiting the restaurant today, Dec. 1.

  • The Academy of Environmental Science (AES) Strikers Fishing Club is working on a Christmas service project to benefit local children in need. Now through
    Dec. 14, the club is collecting toys and fishing poles and equipment to donate to the Citrus County U.S. Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots program. Donations of new and unwrapped toys and fishing poles will brighten a local child’s Christmas.
    To kick off the drive, the Strikers club purchased 10 no-tangle kids fishing pole sets from Kid Casters to donate.

    Every week Lecanto High School JROTC members mentor and tutor struggling students at Lecanto Middle School.
    As soon as the high school students step into learning lab, they instantly scan the room for those who need the most help.
    They know what their job is: it’s helping these young minds achieve success no matter how big or small the task.
    Lt. Col. David Brown of the JROTC program said although this initiative just started in late August, it is already a huge success — for both parties.