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  • Drawing a line

    Miriam Butler and Crystal River City Hall are not strangers.

    Butler has lived on Crystal Street for nearly 30 years. She and her now-late husband, Hever F. Butler, bought a house and another small building, which she used as a salon.

  • County briefs 7/18/17

    Rotarians invite public to cleanup

    Saturday, July 22, the Rotary Club of Homosassa Springs will have its next lyngbya cleanup day. This is an opportunity support the community by volunteering just a few hours in the morning to make a difference in the water quality of the Homosassa River. 

  • CF offers help with financial aid applications

    It’s not too late to apply for 2017-2018 college financial aid.  The TRIO Educational Opportunity Center at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus is offering assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, at the Dorothea G. Jerome Building, Room 112, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.  

    Assistance is available Monday-

    Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to anyone interested in completing the FAFSA, not just CF students.

  • Attempted-murder trial Thursday

    A pair of court cases move on to face jurors in trials this week as several other cases ended with plea deals.

    Christopher Raymond, the 28-year-old Inverness man accused of firing a shotgun at his mother’s head, will stand trial Thursday for a charge  of attempted second-degree murder.

  • News Briefs 7/17/17

    Plant control on Rousseau planned

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) plans to conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau from July 10 through July 21.

    Invasive hydrilla will be treated only in boat trails, but water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake. Biologists anticipate treating about 110 acres of hydrilla and 50 acres of water lettuce and water hyacinth with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved herbicides.

  • Work continues on U.S. 19

    HOMOSASSA — On paper, the widening of U.S. 19 through the heart of Homosassa is on target to finish in the spring of 2019, according to Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) spokesman John McShaffrey.

    At least, in a perfect world, that is when it will be done, McShaffrey said.

  • Attracting songbirds focus of seminar

    Reilly Cash

    Chronicle intern

    Florida is filled with all kinds of wildlife.

    What landowners may not know is that some animals — including Florida songbirds — not only bring enjoyment, but are also very beneficial to their landscapes.

  • Giving back on the gridiron

    It’s all about the kids for Terrence Brooks.

    Brooks, the Dunnellon native and 2010 Dunnellon High School graduate-turned-professional-football player, loves coming back to his hometown to inspire and give back to youths through football.

  • County seeks input on fire rescue

    It was two months ago when Citrus County commissioners hailed a new era in firefighting services by taking back fire rescue from the sheriff’s office.

    Now, with three months to go before the transition is complete, commission Chairman Scott Carnahan wants to find the public’s expectations.

    Carnahan scheduled a pair of town hall meetings in August to gauge interest from residents and get an idea if they are willing to pay for increased services.

  • News Briefs 7/16/17

    Fire services town halls set

    Citrus County is currently conducting a nationwide search for a new fire chief. County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan will be holding town hall meetings to discuss fire services, options and alternatives for services and funding.  The meetings are:

    Thursday, Aug. 3 — Floral City Library, 8360 E Orange Ave., Floral City.