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  • Board appalled by Pledge rule

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Members of the school board began the process of altering the daily Pledge of Allegiance procedure Tuesday and they’re not happy about it.

    The board is required to rewrite the policy in accordance with Florida Statute 1003.44 which permits, with written request by a parent, students to sit during the Pledge without placing their hand on their heart.

  • Fill a tote for animal shelter

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Community Housing Partners (CHP) of Inverness is asking citizens and businesses to fill-a-tote for Citrus County Animal Services. CHP will drop off and pick up totes to those wishing to participate.

  • School board to revise pledge procedure

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Today, members of the school board will look at a policy further specifying student requirements during the morning Pledge of Allegiance.

    Policy language edits planned in accordance with Florida statute will permit, with written request by a parent, students to sit during the pledge without placing their hand on their heart.

  • Spring Fair
  • One deal reached, two set for trial

    A Texas couple set to go on trial this week for accusations of illegally profiting from an elderly couple will end their respective cases.

    Christie and David Rochelle were both arrested in April 2016 on charges of first-degree grand theft for allegedly taking $100,000 in cash from an elderly man and woman.

    Following additional investigation into the case, the State Attorney’s Office amended the couple’s charges to a first-degree felony of exploiting the elderly.

  • Local briefs 4/25/2017

    Dunnellon area road to close

    Citrus County Road Maintenance and the Florida Northern Railroad will be closing North Camae Point in Dunnellon on Thursday morning, according to a county news release.

    This will be a short-term closure for safety improvements. 

    For questions or information, call Frank Myszewski with Florida Northern Railroad, at 407-466-0806.

    — Buster Thompson, Staff writer

  • Locals join March for Science in St. Pete

    Amber Sigman: For the Chronicle

    From Paris to Chile to Antarctica and many places in between, two local couples gathered among them.

    Science was on their minds.

    Bob Madeiros, a retired engineer, held up an “I love Science” sign while walking with his wife Abby, both from Dunnellon. They walked with thousands in St. Petersburg, this past Earth Day.

  • Teacher’s contagious fervor inspires students

    Gwen Bittner: For the Chronicle

    Crystal River Middle School (CRMS) teacher Frank Laga has an infectious passion for teaching students with average test scores behaviors for academic success. 

  • Equestrian Center helps pony up for scholarships
  • Report: Balfour grabbed student at academy

    Former Citrus County School Board member Sandy Balfour inappropriately grabbed a student by the shoulder last year while she was administrator at the Academy of Environmental Sciences, an investigation concluded.

    Balfour, who lost her job as academy administrator but still teaches in the school district, received a strongly worded reprimand from Superintendent of Schools Sandra “Sam” Himmel, according to the report released Monday.