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  • ‘America first’

    WASHINGTON — Pledging emphatically to empower America’s “forgotten men and women,” Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership.

  • Citrus County residents witness history in person

    Molly Lovestrand and Diana Ward arrived early, then stood in the cold and wet for nearly seven hours.

    Mike Moberley arrived early as well, though his ticket assured him a seat close to the front.

    All three Citrus County residents will leave Washington, D.C., with lifetime memories.

    Molly and Diana, both Citrus County 4-H members, and Moberley, Citrus County Republican state committeeman, were on the spot for Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump.

  • Pride aglow as schools recognize their best

    LECANTO — The school district’s brightest teachers and support staff beamed Thursday night as their colleagues and bosses gathered to honor their outsized contributions to student success during the year past.

    From among 20 nominees, Theresa Ryan was chosen as Citrus County’s Teacher of the Year at the district’s annual Galaxy of Stars gala, co-hosted by the Citrus County Education Foundation. Ryan is a third-grade teacher at Citrus Springs Elementary School.

  • Sunday likely to be stormy, windy

    Plans for Sunday? They had better include an umbrella.

    Forecasters local and national are warning of the possibility for strong storms that day, with the primary threat coming from high winds.

  • Jobless rate drops; still among highest

    Citrus County’s unemployment rate fell slightly in December, but improvements elsewhere in the state mean it is once again the second highest in Florida.

    The county’s unemployment rate hit 6.7 percent in December, down 0.1 percent from 6.8 percent in November. It was up 0.1 percent from the December 2015 rate of 6.6 percent, information released by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity shows.

  • Police searching for bank-robbery suspect

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies were actively searching Friday afternoon for a suspect involved in a robbery of the Bank of America branch in Homosassa Springs. 

    “We are actively looking for the suspect, interviewing witnesses, pulling video surveillance to catch the person who committed this crime,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “We are hot on his tail, and we are so thankful that no one was injured.” 

  • Operation Renovation

    By Gwen Bittner, For the Chronicle

  • Prendergast: ‘It’s your sheriff’s office’

    For a man who just took political office for the first time three weeks ago, Mike Prendergast sure seemed comfortable behind a microphone.

    Citrus County’s new sheriff wowed a crowd of about 200 at the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon, laying out a vision that emphasizes community involvement, crime prevention and arresting drug dealers.

    “If you want to make a difference in the world, start with your community,” he told the crowd at the Plantation on Crystal River.

  • County briefs 1/21/17

    Markers installed at Hell’s Gate

    Citrus County government, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard, has installed informational markers on the Hell’s Gate area of the Homosassa River to warm boaters of the narrowing channel. Installation of the markers, which were suggested by members of the public, was completed Tuesday.


    WAR to hear about sea-level rise

  • Citrus elected leaders gather for summit

    Mike Wright

    Staff writer

    Elected leaders from Citrus County’s boards and councils gathered in one room Friday to hash out issues and open the lines of communication on areas of similar interest.

    County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan chaired the event at the College of Central Florida, designed to discuss issues and start the process of finding resolution to existing problems.