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  • Ending the violence means a new start

    Editor’s note: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. World Health Organization statistics say 1 in 3 women will suffer some sort of domestic abuse in her lifetime, whether it’s emotional abuse or physical violence against her. 

  • Dawsy bearish on fire dept.

    INVERNESS — Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said it is not too late for the Inverness city council to reconsider plans to create its own fire department and remain part of the county’s fire services.

    Dawsy said it is in the city and county’s best interests to have a unified fire department, and questioned whether city council members realize the enormity of the undertaking.

  • As more women seek protection, CASA and courts partner to help

    Recently, Diana Finegan, CASA executive director, and Clerk of Courts Angela Vick were comparing notes.

    Finegan had noticed the anticipated annual slowdown in women seeking the domestic abuse shelter’s services hadn’t happened, and Vick had noticed an increase in the requests for injunction for protection orders (restraining orders) issued by her office.

  • New wetlands emerging in C.R.

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Various emergent plant species are taking root in a shallow wetland on the eastern of what is arguably this city’s most desirable springs destination.

    On the flank of Three Sisters Springs’ 57-acre property is a 3-foot-deep waterlogged, winding canal full of 28,150 plants including duck potatoes, giant bulrush, Tracy’s beakrush and lizard’s tail.

  • Economy looks good, but rural counties lag

    Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, put the economic benefit of tourism in perspective Friday at the Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club, pointing out 25 cents on every dollar of sales tax is paid by out of state visitors.

    Panuccio was in Citrus County speaking at the Chamber of Commerce Business Appreciation Lunch, an event he attended last year.

  • Lost infants remembered, help offered

    Hanna would be 7 years old if she had lived, but she died while still inside her mother’s womb.

    Her mother, who asked that her name not be mentioned, still counts the milestones — Hanna would’ve taken her first step by now, she would’ve started kindergarten today.

    And though Hanna may not live today, her memory remains.

  • Sisters take off to Keys after winning B&G Clubs fundraiser

    More than 300 hopefuls packed a private hangar at the Inverness airport on Friday night for an opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip to Key West.

    The second annual Suitcase Party, put on by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County, was Las Vegas themed and helped raise money for the club’s three chapters.

  • For the record 10/10/2015

    BUI arrest

    * Craig Anderson, 67, of West Kingfisher Court, Crystal River, at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 on a misdemeanor charge of boating under the influence. According to his arrest affidavit, Anderson was pulled over for speeding in a minimum-wake zone of the Homosassa River. He was asked to complete field sobriety tasks and did poorly. Tests of his blood alcohol level registered 0.089 percent and 0.086 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent. Anderson’s bond was set at $500.

  • US Constitution trumps idealogy

    I agree with Joanie Welch’s Oct. 6 letter to the Chronicle, “Duty to the public trumps benefits.”

    Ms. Welch mentions a Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, knew of her duties and obligations as a public official and “took an oath to follow rules as written, as altered and as specified.” Joanie Welch additionally proclaims Kim Davis should resign if she reuses to meet job requirements.

  • Fire committee looks at budgets

    LECANTO — The issues facing fire protection in Citrus County were front and center Thursday morning during the inaugural meeting of the county’s fire services committee.

    Commissioner Scott Carnahan, who proposed the committee and chairs it, said he believes the committee will find solutions, including developing a program to recruit and keep volunteer firefighters and finding a way to pay for fire-protection services.