Local News

  • Author shares her insights about aging

    Sharon Anderson

    For the Chronicle

    Growing old can be a challenge like no other, but having your ducks all in a row, so to speak, can make the transition much easier and more enjoyable for all concerned, according to local author and senior care coach Mary Cecelia Leahy Schlumberger during a presentation Wednesday at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle.

  • Seniors vs. Crime 8/28/2016: Offered millions for a fee? Hit delete

    Each week, I receive dozens of emails, phone calls and deliveries from citizens who want to share their scam experience in order to try and help others. I often share these with you in these articles, and this week is no exception. 

  • County briefs 8/27/16

    Early voting ends today

    Today is the final day for early voting in the primary election, and elections officials are urging voters to take advantage of the opportunity to cast their ballots ahead of the potential arrival of severe storms on Election Day.

    There are four early voting sites: 

    The Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills; 

  • Confused by sales-tax math?

    How do you pay a half a cent?

    Several readers have contacted the Chronicle asking what will happen if voters next Tuesday approve a half-cent sales-tax referendum. The half-cent hike is expected to add $6 million a year to school district coffers. The tax would be levied starting in fiscal year 2016-17 and continue for 10 years.

  • What a rush

    By Gwen Bittner, For the Chronicle

  • Florida man survives lightning strike, spider, snake bites

    LAKELAND — Kyle Cook can’t decide whether he’s really unlucky or incredibly fortunate.

    Over the past four years, the 31-year-old Florida man has survived a lightning strike, a bite by a venomous spider and — most recently — an attack by a rattlesnake in his backyard in Lakeland, southwest of Orlando.

    “I need to get a (protective) bubble,” Cook told The Ledger.

  • Chihuahua hails help for owner stranded in sun for hours

    When Marie Alexander, 92, stepped out of her front door around 1 p.m. Aug. 13 to get the mail, a misstep sent her tumbling to the ground.

    “I fell hard — my body twisted, landing on my side and my head slammed backwards, hitting the driveway,” Marie said. “I couldn’t get up, no matter how hard I tried.”

  • Appeal for Baker Act facility funding turned down


    LECANTO — The president of The Centers appealed to members of the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation (CCCCF) at their meeting Thursday to financially commit to the establishment of a local central receiving facility for Baker Act patients.

    But with no funds yet available to the foundation and a lack of voting members present for that part of the meeting, the answer was no.

  • First-of-its-kind meeting of the minds
  • Four arrested in drug sting

    Editor's note: This story was corrected on Saturday, Aug. 28. The following people were also arrested in the bust: Michelle Rose Nance, 37, of Crystal River; Jeanette Marie Carroll, 37, of Homosassa; Delores Fay Orsic, 51, of Homosassa; Jody Gene Guiney, 62, of Homosassa; and Jennifer Whaley, 34, of Homosassa.