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  • ALOHA, OHANA

    The setting sun glinted off the gold and black robes of the Citrus High School senior class of 2016 on Tuesday night as graduates crowded the school’s football field to walk into the next phase of their lives.

    Parents could barely contain their excitement and family members rooted loudly in praising the hard work of their graduates.

    “Pomp and Circumstance” echoed through the stadium as students took their seats and prepared to walk up a flower-

  • Report: No mold in rest of mall

    Mallgoers can breathe a little easier — at least, according to the results of a test commissioned by the mall’s owner.

    The test results, released Tuesday afternoon, show harmful mold spores are not present in hazardous amounts in areas near the former site of JCPenney at the mall. The test was commissioned in response to an order from the city; it was the first step in a process that also includes remediating the mold and mildew inside the former store.

  • Five life sentences for kidnapping, attempted murder

    A Crystal River man will serve five life sentences for the kidnapping and attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend.

    Judge Richard “Ric” Howard sentenced 46-year-old Matthew Cooper on May 19 to two concurrent life sentences in the Florida Department of Corrections for attempted second-degree murder with a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm, according to court records.

  • Sales tax measure headed to ballot

    Andrew Caplan

    For the Chronicle

    Former educators and concerned citizens packed the meeting chambers of the Citrus County School District offices Tuesday, with most in favor of a school board proposal to put a half-cent sales tax increase on an upcoming ballot.

    School board members liked what they heard.

  • Board: Tie road repaving to density of homes

    INVERNESS — County commissioners want to continue the neighborhood road repaving program, with one significant change:

    Prioritize streets with homes.

    The board rejected a proposed plan for spending $3 million for road repaving until the staff recalculates the list of streets to emphasize density.

  • Bar association honors judge
  • United Way celebrates success

    LECANTO — It takes a village to help those in need.

    On Tuesday, the village thanked the villagers.

    Businesses, individuals, donors and volunteers were honored for their contributions to help uplift their community during the past year at the annual United Way Ring of Fire Community Awards luncheon.

  • Divided board snuffs out pot law

    INVERNESS — Opponents couldn’t avoid the irony.

    Earlier Tuesday, the county commission had proclaimed May as Drug Court Month in Citrus County.

    Two hours later, commissioners were debating whether to decriminalize possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana.

  • FWC continues search for missing boater

    Chiefland Citizen staff report

    The search for a boater missing near Cedar Key is continuing after the Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday morning and handed recovery efforts over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

  • Damato: Set fee for road projects
    • What: Citrus County Board of County Commissioners meeting
    • When: 1 p.m. today
    • Where: Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness
    • On the Web: www.citrusbocc.com

    A contingent of Citrus Springs residents will be on hand to greet Commissioner Dennis Damato at today’s county commission meeting.