Local News

  • Golfing event to benefit Phil Royal Legacy foundation

    Grab your clubs and head out to the Annual Stuart Redrick Golf Outing on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Citrus Hills Oaks Golf Course. 

    All proceeds of the golf outing will go to the Phil Royal Legacy Inc. to help April Royal kick off the foundation. 

    April Royal set up the Phil Royal Legacy, Inc., to give back to anyone in the local community who could use help in a difficult time. 

  • A calm, steady hand

    Editor’s note: In the next months, several longtime leaders are leaving posts they’ve held for many years. This is first in a series of stories chronicling those individuals.

    Eight years ago, a 28-year-old Joe Meek entertained thoughts about entering county politics, but wasn’t sure he was ready. 

    He had never run for office, was busy with his construction business and enjoyed spending time with his family.

  • Beauty schools

    By Gwen Bittner, For the Chronicle

  • Medical ‘rodeo’ helps professionals sharpen skills

    LECANTO — Nature Coast EMS will host the fourth annual EMS Intubation Rodeo and Symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in the parish hall. 

    The rodeo is the only one of its kind in the United States.

  • Deadline to request mail ballots approaching

    The supervisor of elections office is urging registered voters to request mail ballots for the presidential general election now.

    Any qualified registered voter in Citrus County is entitled to a vote-by-mail ballot. The ballot may be requested in person, by mail, email, fax, phone or website. An immediate family member or legal guardian may request a vote-by-mail ballot for a voter. Immediate family means the voter’s spouse, parent, grandparent, child or sibling.

  • County briefs 10/27/16

    META to host training session

    The Manatee Eco Tourism Association (META) will be hosting a training conference for tour captains and guides to promote best practices for tour operators.

    Training will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 in the Palm Room at the Plantation on Crystal River at 9301 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River.

  • Board wants solution for apartment complex entrance

    Gwen Bittner: For the Chronicle

    Apartment plans have been developed for several county land locations recently. The complex prepared to neighbor Lecanto schools raised school board interest Tuesday, as board members voiced potential problems stemming from the development.  

  • Tips to stay safe on Halloween

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is taking steps to ensure that children and adults stay safe this Halloween.

    “We always have an increased presence in the community on Halloween night,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Yates. 

    Yates added that the sheriff’s helicopter will fly over the busiest neighborhoods and there will be extra patrols out and about on the streets

  • Clinton, Trump masks are hot sellers

    If you see Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton at your front door Halloween night, don’t panic. It’s just teens and adults dressing up as their favorite presidential wannabe. 

    Political masks are the third most popular selling Halloween items this year among adults 35 and older, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF) The candidates beat out such perennial favorites as Batman, vampires and zombies this year in that age group.

  • Spooky fun for everyone

    Time for all the ghouls and goblins to come out and play for Halloween 2016! 

    The fun begins Thursday with a haunted house at the wildlife park and continues through to Halloween with festivals, extravaganzas, trunk or treats, costume events and spooky graveyards. It ends with a trick-or-treating event Monday at the Crystal River Mall.  

    Here’s a list of all upcoming Halloween events: 

    • Thursday through Sunday — Haunted house