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  • Lecanto grads celebrate four amazing years

    The pride of the Panthers Wednesday was as clear as the sunny sky above Lecanto High School’s football field.

    Introduced by the high school band’s rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance” and ushered by sword-wielding cadets of the school’s Air Force JROTC, about 330 graduating seniors entered the stadium ready to walk out into the next chapter of their lives.

  • TDC hears objections to LGBT ad buy

    LECANTO — Only two people showed up at Wednesday’s tourist development council meeting to object to the agency’s 3-year-old marketing initiative to attract lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgendered people to Citrus County.

    Resident Chris Lloyd said the TDC would get more bang for the buck by spending the money pushing the county’s biking and pedestrian trails to all tourists rather than targeting a certain niche.

  • See you next year, Mrs. Smith
  • County briefs 5/26/16

    TOO FAR group to convene Thursday


    TOO FAR Water & Natural Resource Foundation will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at 9228 E. Gospel Island Road, Inverness.

    Debbie Selsavage, president of Coping with Dementia, will be the guest speaker. The meeting is open to anyone in the community who is concerned about water rights and issues.


    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-

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.