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  • Homosassa awash with sweet songs



    * WHAT: Come hear mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, ukulele, penny whistle and Native American flute from the Manatee Orchestra, made up of students and instructors from this weekend’s Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat.

    * WHEN: 7 p.m. today.

  • Hunter Springs Park kayak-friendly again


    * Hunter Springs Park, 104 NE First Ave., Crystal River.

    * Open from 8 a.m. to sunset.

    * Fee required to park.


    Hunter Springs Park and its kayak launch are ready for the summer.

    When Crystal River opened its park’s recently repaired launch on Wednesday, after it was closed for several months, paddlecraft enthusiasts and businesses were quick to flock to it.

  • Weekly roundup: They’ll be back

    Brandon Larrabee

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — It’s time for denizens of Tallahassee to get their last week of rest and recreation — or at least sanity — before the whirlwind of activity begins. In the words of a House video from this week: “Session Is Coming.”

  • Bed tax hike to kick in

    In four days, it will cost more for people to stay at hotels, motels, campgrounds, RV parks and short-term rentals in Citrus County.

    That’s when Citrus County’s increased tourist tax kicks in, jumping from the current 3 percent to 5 percent. The tax will mostly be borne by tourists and have no impact on residents. 

    Here’s how the Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) will spend the extra revenue generated by the 2 percent hike:

  • Search of home ends in four arrests

    A “problem” house in Beverly Hills was the target of the Citrus County sheriff’s narcotics unit on Thursday.

    Members of the Tactical Impact Unit executed a search warrant at 34 S. Jeffery St., a home that’s been the source of numerous neighbor reports of thefts and drug activity, according to the sheriff’s office.

    Kimberly Anne Blom, 25, of Beverly Hills, reportedly would not comply with commands to let authorities in the house, and was detained.

  • Y fundraiser a success
  • Snook season to reopen in Gulf waters

    The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.

  • For the record 02/25/2017

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

    Domestic battery arrest

    * Jordan Jimenez, 19, of Inverness, at 9:09 a.m. Feb. 23 on felony charges of domestic battery by strangulation and criminal mischief. He was also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear.

    Other Arrests

  • Pipeline protest ends with arrest of two

    A man and woman protesting the Sabal Trail pipeline went from inside one of the pipes into the arms of the law on Wednesday.

    Nicholas Segal-Wright, 25, of Lake Worth, and Karrie Ford, 30, of Gainesville face multiple charges ranging from grand theft to trespassing to resisting authorities without violence, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). Segal-Wright’s bond totaled $9,000 and Ford’s totaled $10,000.

  • Longtime teacher says discipline, love are key


    Claire Phillips Laxton

    For the Chronicle 

    Teaching young children was Betty Jackson’s passion.  She taught school for 41 years before retiring in 2003 from Crystal River Primary School.

    “I taught first grade longer than any other grade, for 21 years, at CRPS,” she said.  She also taught the Title 1 Reading Lab for all grades during the latter part of her career there.