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  • Torch Run Tuesday

    The tradition continues today when Citrus County deputies,  firefighters and recruits from the Withlacoochee Technical Institute’s academies join Sheriff Jeff Dawsy for the annual Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run that benefits Special Olympics Florida.

    Each year, the event highlights the law enforcement community’s support of the Special Olympics. Law enforcement officers from more than 300 agencies around the state carry the “Flame of Hope” in an intrastate relay covering hundreds of miles. 

  • Catholic school parents optimistic after meeting

    Four Pope John Paul II Catholic School parents and supporters met Monday afternoon with Bishop Robert Lynch’s top advisers to discuss a five-year plan to increase enrollment and keep the school open.

    Jennifer Petrella said an announcement regarding the Lecanto-based school should be coming in the next few days.

    “They were impressed with the plan,” she said. “It looks very positive.”

  • Sheriff: Two men arrested for robbing teen at knife point

    Two men allegedly beat and held a 17-year-old male at knife point before robbing him.

    Kenneth Robert Clarke, 22, and Bryan William Bradford, 29, both of Inverness, were arrested April 9 and 10 respectively and charged with one count of robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapon. Bond is $50,000 for each.

  • Tobacco, alcohol cause of some cancers

    Dr. Denis Grillo

    Special to the Chronicle

    Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week is set for April 20 to 26. Awareness needs to be for more than just one week. It needs to be 24/7/365, but this is a period of time that has been designated to heighten awareness of the problem. 

  • Tent sales rules in review

    * WHAT: Citrus County Planning and Development Commission meeting.

    * WHEN: 9 a.m. Thursday.

    * WHERE: Room 166, Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto.

    * AGENDA: http://tinyurl.com/n974boe

  • New resident a ball of fur



    * FWC rescue video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hvfF6NrKeM


    HOMOSASSA — Everyone has a story to be told — even a kitten.

  • No-party candidate blocks Democrats, others from commission primary

    A Lecanto man who has finished far out of the running in three prior attempts at public office is planning to run for county commission as a no-party candidate, effectively shutting 60 percent of registered voters from a Republican primary that features the incumbent and three challengers.

    Michael “Joey” White, an assistant nuclear operations manager for Duke Energy, filed paperwork Monday with the Supervisor of Elections Office to run for the Citrus County Commission District 2.

  • Look it up at local libraries

    Editor’s note: This is National Library Week. Our local Citrus County Library System offers so much more than just books. Each day this week, we are telling you about one of the many great things you can do at the library.

    What do you want to know?

    Are there any animals that are color blind? Do you need information about American life from 1880 to 1920 — or the themes in the novel “Catcher in the Rye?”

  • Agriculture community urged to follow water issues

    The Agricultural Alliance of Citrus County will track the Basin Action Management Plan for King’s Bay and the Crystal River.

    The Florida Department of Environment Protection (DEP) will have a public meeting on the plan at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Crystal River City Hall. 

    DEP is also scheduled to meet with Crystal River City Council on Monday, April 21, and the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, April 22.

  • Schoolhouse Hustle

    An estimated 500 paying participants attended the inaugural Schoolhouse Hustle, hosted by the Citrus County Education Foundation and held at CREST School, according to the event chair Tracy Bryson.

    “It’s all about public education and school budgets,” Bryson said. “The budgets are hurting and these programs help to support shortfalls.”

    The event was a great success, according to event Bryson.