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  • Thank-you dinners for county veterans

    On May 1, the newly founded state chapter of a military-minded nonprofit will give Citrus County veterans three salutes.

    There will be three thank-you dinners for veterans that day at VFW Post 4252 in Hernando: One at 3 p.m., another at 5 p.m. and the last at 7 p.m.

    All military personnel — active duty, reserves and veterans alike — are welcome to a free dinner of spaghetti and meatballs with salad, garlic bread, dessert and sweet tea.

  • Main Street to pitch ideas for Crystal River

    A downtown-revitalization organization will share with Crystal River officials Monday its plan to rejuvenate an empty lot at the entrance of the city’s main street.

    Crystal River Main Street will present members of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), who also sit on the city council, with a plan to develop a display at the vacant corner of U.S. 19 and South Citrus Avenue.

  • Reasons to smile

    Editor’s note: Sometimes people get a second chance at life — an opportunity to start over, to change their trajectory, to walk a different path. The Chronicle asked people in the community to tell us their second chance stories for an occasional series. This is one such story.

    Scott Roberts cries easily.

  • Two killed in crash near Four Corners

    A crash Saturday night claimed the lives of two Citrus County residents and left two other residents with serious injuries.

  • Section 8 waiting list opens soon

    The Citrus County Housing Services Division will open a waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program at 9 a.m. Monday, May 2. The waiting list will remain open until 5 p.m. Friday, May 6. At that time, the waiting list will close and no further applications will be accepted. 

  • Body of missing boater found

    The body of a missing Inverness man was recovered Saturday, three days after he went overboard in Lake Rousseau.

    Luis Dosal’s body was found at about 12:30 p.m. near channel marker 134, which is in the area of West River Bend Road and Dunnellon, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Karen Parker said Sunday.

  • With lack of labor, electronics company considering move

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Michael McCarthy, president of Sibex Electronics Inc., said he needs to hire 10 people to add to his 104-member workforce.

    He said he will probably end up doing what he normally does — look outside Citrus County to find employees skilled enough to do the manufacturing jobs.

  • Largest job sector in county pays the least

    One-third of all people employed in Citrus County work in fast food restaurants, auto parts stores, motel registration desks, gas stations and other service-type jobs.

    This likely comes as no surprise, given the large senior and snowbird demographic which frequent such places.

    But new data from CareerSouce shows the sheer number of people — 33 percent of the overall private sector workforce — employed in the retail trade/accommodations/food services sector.

  • Lecanto man sets sights on new business

    For 35 years, Kevin Moore has known his calling.

    He’s in the eyeglass business, an optician by trade. That’s the person who designs, repairs and adjusts prescription eyeglasses so they work as intended.

    It’s all he’s known. It’s all he’s done for a paycheck.

    Three and a half years ago, Moore moved from South Carolina to Lecanto to be with his mother, who was sick. She died two weeks after his arrival.

  • CareerSource provides ladder to potential success

    Trying to find a new job or one with better pay doesn’t have to be a lonely search.

    CareerSource is a grant-funded program that offers free job assistance, training and much more for residents of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties.

    CareerSource counselors can help update resumes, provide financial assistance for clients to attend classes for specialty skills, and host job fairs.