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  • Changing of the guard

    Diane Dobry

    For the Chronicle

    While he won’t be retiring anytime soon, Gary Ellis, founder and director of the Gulf Archaeology Research Institute (GARI), has turned leadership responsibilities for the organization over to former Assistant Director Michelle Sivilich, who is now executive director.

  • Fight, shooting, crash, hospital: Man finds trouble aplenty

    A Floral City man was hospitalized early Sunday morning for treatment of a gunshot wound he sustained in a fight with another man outside a Circle K.

    According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, 49-year-old Bryan Sharp and his 45-year-old wife Tammy, both of Inverness, were buying coffee around midnight Saturday at the Circle K convenience store at 1224 U.S. 41 in Inverness.

  • Citrus Countians headed to D.C.

    Nothing can prepare Diane Ward and Molly Lovestrand for this adventure.

    As for Mike Moberley, it’s almost another day at the office.

    All three Citrus County residents are headed to Washington, D.C., this week to be a part of history as Donald Trump is inaugurated as the nation’s 45th president.

  • Restoration projects at Three Sisters

    SWFWMD Purchase Details

    * Role in Three Sisters Springs: The Southwest Florida Water Management District co-owns 30 percent of Three Sisters Springs alongside the City of Crystal River, which owns 70 percent.

    * Purchase investment: The water district contributed $1.3 million into a $10.5 million pot made up of public and private funding efforts to purchase the property in 2010 from land developer Hal Flowers.

  • Postscript: Brad Swasey lived life to the fullest

    Brad Swasey loved life.

    Despite being born with cerebral palsy, despite not being able to speak, despite seizures and illnesses and having the mental capacity of a 2-year-old, Brad lived large and with exuberance and joy up until the day he died, Jan. 8, at age 36.

    The only child of Frank and Sheila Swasey, Brad spent his childhood in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

  • Restoring Three Sisters: How do you turn back the sands of time?

    Three Sisters Springs has gone through it all.

    Over the course of decades, its property owners have altered its crystal-clear fresh water springs and 57 acres of forested wetland.

    Changes included a manmade canal to King’s Bay, the removal of surrounding trees and the creation of Lake Linda — a 40-foot deep pit, now named Lake Crystal.

  • Quick facts: How Three Sisters was acquired

    Who funded the $10.5 million buy for Three Sisters Springs’ conservation?

    * $3.3 million in federal funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the North America Wetlands Conservation Act.

    * About $5 million in state funding from the Florida Communities Trust program and Southwest Florida Water Management District.

    * $300,000 from the City of Crystal River, Citrus County and Citrus County Tourist Development Council.

  • The story of a spring

    Hal Flowers calls it “the doughnut hole of Crystal River.”

    Nestled in the heart of the city’s waterfront and surrounded by development, Three Sisters Springs has remained almost untouched thanks in part to its own splendor.

    “It’s just there — I thought it was beautiful,” said Flowers, a Tampa-based real-estate developer who once owned the springs and its adjacent land.

  • Local briefs 1/15/2017

    Closures announced for MLK holiday

    Expect office closures for Monday, Jan. 16:

    * All government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King holiday.

    * In addition, the Chronicle’s business offices will be closed. Customer Service hours will be from 8 to 10 a.m.

    Americans United meet Tuesday

  • Florida Manatee Festival