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  • Never too old for a visit from Santa

    Some of the loneliest people this time of year are the elderly.

    With the hustle and bustle of families, the holidays can be a sad time for seniors who live alone or who are miles away from loved ones.

    Ten years ago, Carolyn Quintanilla, owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Lecanto, had an idea to reach out to the community and ask for donations of Christmas gifts for 100 elderly people around the county.

    Be a Santa to a Senior was born.

  • Christmas spirit alive in Citrus

    This weekend is a good time to catch the Christmas spirit as a number of events, including four parades, take place today and Sunday.


    * Beverly Hills leads off with its parade from 10 to 11 a.m. today, with the route running along Beverly Hills Boulevard. 

    Music, food, children’s fun area, and an outdoor holiday art and crafts station will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

  • Weekly roundup: In with the new

    Brandon Larrabee

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — The calendar turned this week to the last month of the year, but many in Florida seemed to be getting a jump on new beginnings.

  • Seats available on senior care communities tour

    Residents faced with the ever-changing needs of growing older are invited to learn of some of the various options available to them in Citrus County by taking a tour of three local senior care communities on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

    The Chronicle event is free and includes lunch, transportation by bus and guided tours of Brentwood Retirement Community and Providence Independence at Wildwood. 

  • School gives hands-on look at weather

    It’s safe to say fourth-grader Sharon Valle was blown away.

    Rock Crusher Elementary School students of all grades were hard at work Wednesday building structures out of construction paper, straws and tape, part of a Creativity Imagination Agency Day experiment to help them build skills in the hard sciences.

  • Dream come true

    When Chris Raby was 23, he looked at Harry Mitchell and thought, “I want his job.”

    At 41, he’s got it.

    Mitchell retired as the manager of Fort Cooper State Park on Nov. 1, and Raby stepped into his shoes the very same day. 

    In addition to the 710-acre historic site, he manages the 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail. 

  • Family that lost everything in Thanksgiving Day fire still needs help

    The family that lost everything during a Thanksgiving fire is still looking for a home.

    The Aprea family — which has three children ages 5, 15 and 18 — has received an outpouring of community support, but is living in a hotel.

  • Foul play not suspected in car fire

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives confirmed late Thursday that Linda Steve, of Crystal River, was the deceased person found early Monday morning inside a burning car near Crystal River.

    According to the sheriff’s office, the 58-year-old was identified via dental records and jewelry found on the body.

    Investigators are still unsure why Steve was near the intersection of North Sunshine Path and West Sunripe Loop, where she was found inside her burning 2007 Kia four-door sedan.

  • Man convicted of 2007 murder to be sentenced


    Several notable cases in felony court moved forward or ended in pleas Thursday.

    n Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard and attorneys will meet Feb. 21 to decide when to sentence convicted murderer Christopher Robert Muzzi.

    Charles Vaughn, Muzzi’s attorney, told Howard on Thursday his mitigation specialist needs more time to investigate his client’s capital case.