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  • 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
  • County briefs 1/14/17

    Manatee Festival begins today

    The first festival of the year is here, and it’s a big one.

    The 30th annual Florida Manatee Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. today in downtown Crystal River, offering festivalgoers a chance to browse, carouse and spend some time with the animal that’s made Crystal River an international destination. Admission is $5. The festival continues Sunday, with gates also opening at 9 a.m. that day. 

  • Deputies: Citrus Springs men facing drug charges

    Citrus County Sheriff’s narcotics squad charged a pair of Citrus Springs men Thursday with multiple drug charges after uncovering a large stash of pills and marijuana in their home.

    Members of the sheriff’s Tactical Impact Unit executed a search warrant at a home at 2221 W. Austin Drive in Citrus Springs, where they detained Nicholas Blake Palmer and Matthew James Coker, according to arrest reports.

  • Good Works


    The Citrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) partnered with Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center Thursday night to host its first Health and Wellness Mini-Grant Celebration at Lecanto High School. 

    Twenty-five teachers received mini-grants to achieve a classroom, school-wide or community health and wellness initiative. 

  • Congress OKs budget

    WASHINGTON — Ascendant Republicans drove a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

    The vote trains the spotlight on whether they and Donald Trump can deliver on repeated pledges to not just erase that statute but replace it.