Local News

  • ACS hosting annual Relay for Life event

    Special to the Chronicle

    On April 7, 700 local residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Citrus County at Citrus High School football field to raise funds and awareness in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer. The event starts at 6 p.m. 

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  • Dearth of educators in county

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    If there aren’t enough teachers to fill all the openings in Citrus County, and ever fewer students are graduating from college with education degrees, how far does the Citrus County School District have to travel to recruit teachers?

    The North — for now.

  • Lost in drawer, World War II medals finally returned

    Diane Dobry: For the Chronicle

    Abbey Bruns had just picked up her boyfriend, Jacob Young, from his job at Ruby Tuesdays when, heading home to Citrus Springs, they drove past a U-Haul storage facility with some furniture outside.

  • Pot sentencings: 18 months and a second chance

    Gwen Bittner: For the Chronicle

    A pair of Marion County men arrested for transporting 36 pounds of marijuana pleaded guilty Monday, with one man receiving 18 months in prison and the other receiving two years of community control.

    Leslie Dexter Douglas, 57, Dunnellon, and Clifford Robert Floyd III, 31, Ocala, were arrested in Dunnellon on June 13, 2016, during separate traffic stops when K-9 units alerted deputies to the presence of drugs in their vehicles. 

  • Going green — and staying that way

    Greenspace in the Sugarmill Woods community of Oak Village is not taken lightly.

    Residents value the peace and tranquility of knowing their closest neighbors are woodpeckers, plants, and other flora and fauna.

    Now they know it’ll stay that way — perhaps, forever.

  • Old alley gets new spin

    Elisha Neubauer:  For the Chronicle

    After 44 years in business, it’s hard to spend much time in Citrus County without hearing the name Bud Sasada.

    Now, Sasada is rolling his success as a painter into a new venture.

    In October, Sasada became the new owner of the vacated bowling alley in Beverly Hills, seeking to restore a fixture that had sat vacant for roughly five months. 

  • Inverness council to wait for state on medical pot

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Members of the Inverness City Council will vote tonight on an ordinance to delay for 180 days the approval of building permits or development applications intended for medical marijuana dispensary businesses. 

    Florida voters in 2016 approved the use of medical marijuana. The temporary measure will allow time for the state to implement regulations on the new sector. 

    Council will also:

  • Looking for work? Meet possible employers face-to-face

    Laura Byrnes

    Special to the Chronicle

    Employment opportunities will be in full bloom Thursday during CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion’s sixth annual Citrus County Spring Career Fair.

    The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the College of Central Florida’s learning and conference center, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway in Lecanto. 

  • Bye, bye bins