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  • Volunteers offer a human touch

    For Patricia Gray-Jackson, the weekday visit from Meals on Wheels is like seeing family.

    The meal is for her bed-bound mother; the hug from driver Sandy Sondheim is for her.

    “Sometimes Sandy comes in and sings to my mother — ‘Oh, you must’ve been a beautiful baby.’ Sometimes he brings flowers because he knows I’m here caring for my mom,” she said. 

  • Cross-county bus pitched as way to shuttle tourists

    A nonstop, express bus from Inverness to Crystal River (and vice versa) that tourism officials beamed about when they met last month will get a full discussion at today’s Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) meeting.

    TDC Chairman and County Commissioner Ron Kitchen Jr. broached the idea as a way of shuttling tourists and locals from city to city quickly. There would be one pickup location and one drop-off location.

  • Brush fires keep firefighters scrambling

    Citrus County has been ripe for wildfires.

    Firefighters with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue have responded to eight brush fires since Sunday in the county, according to the sheriff’s office.

    No one has been injured, but one illegal burn caused up to $2,000 in damages to a building off Sedalia Court in Homosassa.

  • Chronicle to host sports awards

    The Citrus County Chronicle will be recognizing the county’s top athletes June 1 at its annual sports awards event.

    STARS (Student Athletic Recognitions) is in its 10th year. The event begins 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus in Lecanto on State Road 491.

  • The yes-you-can plan

    Diane Toto, founder and president of the We Care Food Pantry in Homosassa, has an idea that she hopes will change the community:

    What if the people she feeds could learn how to safely can the fresh produce they receive or grow themselves? 

    The food would last longer and they could stockpile it so they would always have food on hand. It would also give them a sense of accomplishment, something she says many of them need as badly as they need the food.

  • Dearth of educators in county

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    If there aren’t enough teachers to fill all the openings in Citrus County, and ever fewer students are graduating from college with education degrees, how far does the Citrus County School District have to travel to recruit teachers?

    The North — for now.

  • Looking good at 67
  • ACS hosting annual Relay for Life event

    Special to the Chronicle

    On April 7, 700 local residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Citrus County at Citrus High School football field to raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. The event starts at 6 p.m. 

  • Gator mascot takes local airboat ride

     

    Sharon Anderson

    For the Chronicle

    Team players aren’t the only ones who need a little R & R between those maddening March NCAA Tournament games. Sometimes their mascots need a little downtime as well, and University of Florida mascot, Albert, is no exception.

  • Lost in drawer, World War II medals finally returned

    Diane Dobry: For the Chronicle

    Abbey Bruns had just picked up her boyfriend, Jacob Young, from his job at Ruby Tuesdays when, heading home to Citrus Springs, they drove past a U-Haul storage facility with some furniture outside.