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  • Our feathered, fairweather friends

    The first flight comes in October, when the weather in New York and Michigan turns cold.

    By Christmas, 22,000 snowbirds have made the trek to Citrus County, their winter home.

    They are an economic and cultural force in Citrus County — filling restaurants, church pews, RV campgrounds and civic clubs. Business owners love them, hiring more employees or assigning overtime to handle the influx. Others are less enamored, counting the days until their departure.

  • A bird's eye view

    As might be expected, snowbirds winter in Citrus County for the usual reasons: warm weather, lack of traffic congestion, family ties and cost of living. 

    But it turns out snowbirds are drawn to other things, including medical care, proximity to equestrian activities, a plethora of countywide events, social interaction and — of course — manatees. There are thousands of places in Florida that cater to snowbirds, and many have sampled some of those areas. But they picked Citrus County. 


    Nancy Suto, crime prevention deputy with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, offered several tips for snowbirds to keep their homes and valuables safe when they leave Florida and head back north.

  • 30-acre brush fire shuts down part of U.S. 19

    WEEKI WACHEE — A 30-acre brush fire closed down a portion of U.S. 19 near the Hernando and Citrus county line, on Saturday, forcing motorists heading north and southbound to take alternate routes.

    At approximately 2:22 p.m, Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR) responded for a reported brush fire near the U.S. 19 and Yellow Hammer Road intersection in Weeki Wachee.

  • Eradicating scams, one case at a time

    If scams are a disease, then Seniors vs. Crime is the cure.

    Since its beginnings on July 2, 2002, the Seniors vs. Crime storefront in Citrus County has worked to educate and protect residents of all ages against the latest and most dubious of scams.

    “The information that we’re providing is like a vaccine,” two-year-long coordinator Lee Alexander said. “We can eradicate (scams) altogether.”

  • County briefs 2-14-16

    Pay tribute to fallen heroes

    The combat wounded Patriots of Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) invite all veterans and the public, especially families, to attend the 11th Annual Purple Heart Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Citrus County Auditorium, 3610 S. Florida Ave., Inverness.  

  • Warn family, friends about scams

    Editor’s note: Lee Alexander’s column will now appear each week in the Sunday edition.

    I would like to start by wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. This is a big day as this is our first article to appear in the Sunday edition of the Chronicle. So it is fitting that we start of this occasion by once again talking about the old IRS scam. As this is the height of the tax season the IRS scam is passing through Citrus County like wildfire. 

  • Trump stumps in Tampa



    * WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday.

    * WHERE: The Peace Center, Greenville, South Carolina.

    * AIRS ON: CBS.

  • In spirit and faith

    A caring Inverness cardiologist will still be saving lives in spirit.

    Members of Mended Heart’s Citrus County Chapter 367 on Friday donated an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, to St. John Paul II Catholic School in memory of the late Dr. Stanley Williams.

  • Recess bill gets shut down

    A recess bill, which would mandate free play for up to 20 minutes a day, will not be heard by the Senate Education Committee this session.

    The bill, HB 833, unanimously made it past three rounds of house committees before ultimately being shut down by committee chairman Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz, his office confirmed.