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  • Charges mounting for Emmanuel

    Another criminal charge will be brought against a fired Citrus County government worker after she turned herself in to the Sumter County Detention Center on Wednesday morning on a Citrus County warrant charge of grand theft.

  • Lifetime on stage holds memories

    INVERNESS — All her life, Gina Musick has been in the right place at the right time.

    A former stand-up comedienne who played all the big hotels in New York and Miami, the Playboy Club in Chicago, cruise ships and the Steve Allen Show, she got her start as an entertainer at 15 when she was on her way home from dancing school.

  • MPO wants to hear about bad roads

    LECANTO — County residents were surprised to learn Tuesday that transportation data indicated a need to widen county roads such as Old Homosassa Trail and West Grover Cleveland Boulevard. Perhaps they came up with a better idea.

    Old Homosassa Trail (County Road 490) has been scrutinized by the state for a truck bypass off U.S. 19, explained Bill Stevens, county engineering director.

  • Prosecution presents defendant’s calls from jail

    The prosecution continued its case Wednesday in the trial of Gregory “Scotty” Holub, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Deseray Lynn Bowles.

    The jury heard tapes of four calls from the jail by the defendant to his girlfriend before the trial was halted for an early recess.

    The tapes were calls made by Holub, who confirmed using other inmates’ identities to speak freely.

  • Inverness to overhaul parking

    INVERNESS — It’s not that there’s nowhere to park in downtown Inverness. 

    It’s that everyone wants the premium spots in front of their favorite restaurant or business, and there’s not enough to go around. Not only that, said City Manager Frank DiGiovanni at Tuesday’s city council meeting, people are increasingly violating existing parking regulations, making their own parking spaces and generally creating havoc.

  • Pine Ridge fence a question mark

    It appears the off-white vinyl fence on a stretch of County Road 486 is now the county’s prerogative and officials are mulling options about what to do with it.

    Interim County Administrator Jeff Rogers told the Chronicle editorial board Wednesday that the contract between the county the Pine Ridge Property Owners Association was modified recently, handing back responsibility for the fence to the county.

  • Clean up Citrus County

    Both locally and nationally, dedicated volunteers and organizations will be taking pollution sources out of waterways Saturday. 

    In conjunction with Citrus 20/20 Inc.’s 19th annual Save Our Waters Week — Sept. 20 to 27 — 41 groups will be removing waste from local waters during the 25th annual Lakes, River and Coastal Cleanup Day, from sunrise until 11:30 a.m. Saturday. 

  • Inverness approves money for Valerie Theatre audiovisuals

    Inverness City Council began its council meeting Tuesday with a Child Passenger Safety Week proclamation and a reminder to parents and caregivers that Citrus County has two locations that provide free car seat safety checks: the Early Learning Coalition in the Beall’s shopping plaza on U.S. 19 in Crystal River and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office substation at Whispering Pines Park.

  • 'One of the good guys'

    INVERNESS — Affable, jolly, jovial, considerate and kind, Inverness attorney Cliff Travis was well-liked and well-respected in the community.

    When he gave you his word, you could trust him to do what he said he would do.

    “Cliffy was one of the good guys,” said Judge Richard “Ric” Howard. “They called him Santa Claus, but at the same time he was a serious trial lawyer.”

  • CUB warms up to new home

    INVERNESS — After more than three decades, Citrus United Basket finally has a permanent home.

    The new 4,000-square-foot building at 1201 Parkside Ave., just off U.S. 41 across from Inverness Middle School, still has that new-house smell.