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  • A conversation with Lee Earl Stokes

    Carly Zervis


    Lee Earl Stokes is a lifelong Citrus County resident and has been involved in the Citrus County Fair and with the Fair Association for decades. Stokes is also this year’s fair association president. The Chronicle sat down to talk with Stokes this past weekend about the fair’s evolution, activities and significance to the community.

  • Golf scramble to raise funds for IB program

    A golf scramble is coming up, and all are invited to play.

    Students of the Lecanto High School (LHS) International Baccalaureate (IB) program are collecting sponsors in the form of local businesses and organizations, as well as golfers, to put on the Golf Scramble for IB. The scramble is Saturday at the Meadows golf course of Citrus Hills.

    Registration for the event will be at 7:30 a.m. Tee-off time is at 8:30 a.m.

  • Following codes ensures safe roofing

    For Michael Cottier and his home re-roofing business in Homosassa, being up to code is what matters.

    Dealing solely with insurance companies and restoring homes damaged by disasters, Cottier’s High Tower Restoration LLC is warning homeowners of other roofers potentially not following Florida building codes when it comes to protecting homes from storms.

  • BOCC support U.S. 19 trail

    INVERNESS — Beverly Howard, who has been leading the charge to get a bicycle and pedestrian path along a busy section of U.S. 19 in Homosassa, picked up a strong endorsement Tuesday from county commissioners.

    The board unanimously passed a resolution supporting the priority ranking of a multi-use trail along the east side of U.S. 19, from U.S. 98 to West Cardinal Street. That resolution now goes to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which will discuss the ranking at its May meeting.

  • Floral City bank robbed

    Citrus County Sheriff’s Office personnel were looking Tuesday night for a woman suspected in a bank robbery at the Floral City Brannen Bank.

  • Commission picks C.R. 491 plan

    Citrus County commissioners unanimously opted Tuesday for a plan that gets the ball rolling on a stretch of County Road 491 from State Road 44 to County Road 486, but only half of the way.

    The plan — one of six options presented — will expand 1 mile of the current two-lane roadway into four lanes with the possibility of expansion to six lanes from West Laurel Street to a future West Lee Ann Lane extension. And, it has 0.75 miles of two-lane support roads. 

  • Job fairs on the horizon

    Starting Thursday, area job seekers will have numerous opportunities to connect with employers with spring hiring plans, including two events in Citrus County.

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion (CLM) will have four area job fairs and the Citrus County Chronicle is sponsoring a separate Career and Job Fair on Tuesday, March 31.

    Brenda Chrisman, CareerSource CLM’s chief business development officer, said the fee-free recruiting events benefit job seekers as well as local businesses.

  • Relay for Life gearing up for annual county events

    People of any age can participate in upcoming events to help in the battle with cancer.

    The Relay for Life in west Citrus County will take place Friday, April 24, at Crystal River High School, and the Relay for Life in east Citrus County will take place Friday, May 8, at Citrus High School.

    Relay for Life is not a race, but an all-night walk starting at 6 p.m. each of the Fridays, illustrating the point that cancer doesn’t sleep.

  • Fair fun begins on the midway
  • Local VFW post turns 50

    HOMOSASSA — Fifty years ago, the VFW Dumas-Hartson Post 8189 began with 41 charter members after merging with a post from Homosassa.

    Today, the post counts more than 348 members from age 33 to 88.

    On Sunday, the post will celebrate half a century of serving the community and other veterans with the same dedication that its members served their country on foreign soil during wartime.