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  • CR Council: Form group to prioritize Three Sisters projects

    The Crystal River City Council wants the future of Three Sisters Springs to be in its community’s hands.

    Council members reached a consensus during their regular meeting Monday to form another grassroots team to prioritize unfinished developments for the Three Sisters Springs refuge.

    Drawing up the roster, city staff will select individuals who sat on the original Three Sisters Springs Community Working Group for the council to approve at a later meeting.

  • Board takes first peek at budget process

    On Tuesday, commissioners generally agreed to these budget highlights:

    • Continued emphasis on resurfacing neighborhood roads.
    • Schedule as soon as possible second phase of C.R. 491.
    • Set aside funds for a consultant to get a more favorable jail contract when the current contract with CCA expires in three years; or, be prepared for the county to take over the jail when contract expires.
    • Keep budget reserves at top of recommended rate to continue county’s high bond rating.
  • Kayak launch work gets the go-ahead

    The final green light has been given to Crystal River to proceed with repairing Hunter Springs Park’s troublesome kayak launch.

    In letter Monday to City Manager Dave Burnell, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the city’s permit-modification request to fix up the launch during manatee season.

  • All encouraged to pay tribute

    Sharon Anderson, For the Chronicle

    Veterans, their families, and the public are invited to celebrate the proud legacy of the Purple Heart by paying tribute to Florida’s fallen in the Global War on Terror and all America’s wounded warriors this Saturday.

  • Nurse-turned-chaplain to speak at 12th annual Purple Heart Ceremony

    Sharon Anderson, For the Chronicle

    Many U.S. soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War were drafted into the service — but not all of them. Some volunteered.

    One such person — Chaplain/Lt. Col. Linda Pugsley — will be the keynote speaker Saturday at the 12th annual Purple Heart Ceremony hosted by the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH).

  • Road woes

    Citrus County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously denied the school district’s request for impact fees to build a new emergency evacuation exit at the Roger Weaver Educational Complex in Lecanto.

    Instead, commissioners want the school board to use impact fees to hire a professional traffic engineer to design a more convenient entrance and exit to a complex that houses five schools.

  • Fire service for less

    INVERNESS -- Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said residents and businesses are paying less today for fire service than they were a little over a year ago when the county sheriff’s office was in charge.

    DiGiovanni said he didn’t have any concrete data to show how much of a savings residents are realizing because their bills are all different and the amount shows up on their ad valorem tax bills. Their homes are assessed on such variables as homestead exemptions and length of living there.

  • County commission backs fire mutual aid with Inverness

    INVERNESS — A year after Inverness placed its first fire truck on the road, an agreement now exists that spells out mutual-aid responsibilities for the city and the county’s fire rescue service.

    The county commission voted 4-1 Tuesday to ratify the mutual-aid agreement between the city and Citrus Sheriff’s Fire Rescue.

  • Make way for Wawa?

    Gwen Bittner, For the Chronicle

    The Citrus County School Board is expected to declare 0.67 acres of land at the Crystal River bus garage unnecessary for educational purposes at its meeting today to make way for a Wawa gas station. 

    The board will act on authorizing a survey to dispose of the parcel at 710 NE 6th Ave, Crystal River, following approval of a land agreement to facilitate the exchange of a comparable parcel in January. 

  • Board to consider rezoning

    Gwen Bittner, For the Chronicle

    For the first time in nearly 10 years, the Citrus County School Board is looking to move elementary school students from one school to another because of overcrowding.

    The school board today will consider rezoning nearly 94 students from Pleasant Grove Elementary and Inverness Primary to Floral City Elementary in order to create additional capacity and meet state class size requirements.