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  • Proposed abortion rule draws criticism

    Opponents of a controversial 2016 abortion law have blasted a proposed rule that the state contends would clarify a key issue in a pending federal lawsuit. 

  • Nursing homes fight repeal key regulations

    TALLAHASSEE — For the past two years, Florida lawmakers have debated eliminating controversial regulations on building or expanding hospitals.

    But as the 2017 legislative session prepares to start March 7, the debate about repealing what is known as the “certificate of need” regulatory process has expanded to include nursing homes and hospice facilities — and has touched off a new wave of lobbying by industry groups.

  • Longtime Boy Scout volunteer honored for service

    Elisha Neubauer

    For the Chronicle 

    Paul Perregaux is an impressive person — just the type of individual you want coaching your children in their journey to adulthood. 

  • Solutions sought for rough road

    John Leenders has driven West Dublin Street for many years. He knows what it was like before heavy trucks started hauling dirt from a work site to the Duke Energy Complex a few miles away.

    “It’s not the same quality as the old road that was here,” he said, matter-of-factly.

    David Patten agrees. He, like Leenders, doesn’t live on Dublin Street but uses it regularly, headed to Dunnellon or Ocala.

  • Grant eager for 'civic duty'

    Bill Grant once threatened to sue the county commission on behalf of a client, then applied to become county attorney and as recently as December fought the county staff to get permission for a swimming pool in his backyard.

    Now the Inverness attorney, who is the Citrus County Hospital Board lawyer as well, is joining the county as a member of one of its more prominent advisory boards.

  • Solid foundation

    For nearly 25 years in Citrus County, Habitat for Humanity has been making people’s dreams of owning their own home come true. 

    When Habitat first came to Citrus County, they built two or three homes a year. Now they are building between 15 and 20 per year.

    Recently, Habitat President and CEO George Rusaw and executive assistant Paula Anspach gave the Chronicle editorial board an update on the past year and the plan for 2017.

  • Registration for non-motorized vessels shot down

    An idea floated by working group about the possibility of requiring registration of non-motorized vessels such as kayaks is being sunk before going any further.

    The head of the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which would have been charged with enforcing such rules, does not like the idea.

  • Paddle your own

    Paddleboarding has experienced a surge in popularity, especially locally: According to Adam Thomas, director of the Citrus County Visitor & Convention Bureau, about 10 percent of the county’s visitors come here to kayak — about 45,000 to 50,000 per year. Part of the sport’s allure is its accessibility. It doesn’t take much until you can call yourself a kayaker: a personal flotation device (PFD), paddles and, of course, a kayak. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need:

    A kayak

  • Kayaking 101

    If you hit the waterways this weekend, you’ve seen the trend: More and more people are kayaking, and they’re coming to Citrus County to do it.

  • They paid the cost

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Close to 300 supporters of the military community gathered at the Citrus County Auditorium Saturday morning to commemorate the proud legacy of the Purple Heart and honor Florida’s fallen heroes.