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  • Businesses to serve free coffee on Monday

    Monday, Sept. 29, is Coffee Day in the United States. Coffee Day is an international event focusing on the plight of coffee workers worldwide, where businesses offer free or discounted cups of coffee.

    The following businesses will be serving free coffee. Businesses in Citrus County can email marnold@chronicleonline.com with business name, address, phone number and the hours customers can receive free coffee on Monday to add their names to the list.

  • Gardening workshops planned for October

    Citrus County Florida-Friendly Landscaping is offering a pair of free workshops during October.

    Both workshops will be at the Extension Service Building, 3650 W. Sovereign Path in Lecanto. Call Steven Davis at 352-527-5708 to confirm your participation.

    * Cool Season Landscape Gardening Practices — 2 to3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7.

  • Scam targets computer users

    A new scam targeting computer owners has been reported to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

    Reports of calls from people with foreign accents, claiming to be from Microsoft, will ask computer users for their computer’s ID number.

    The caller will then ask for a series of numbers and letters from your computer.

    These numbers will allow them access into computers and private files.

  • Man faces fraud, grand theft charges

    An elaborate scheme to defraud has landed a Beverly Hills man behind bars.

    Deputies arrested Anthony Robert Orsi Jr., 21, Thursday, Sept. 25, on charges of organized fraud and grand theft. 

  • Crystal River High School Homecoming Friday night
  • New budget, millage rate reflect savings for county

    INVERNESS — The adjustments to county government’s budget and millage rate remained the same as the tentative budget approved the Board of County Commissioners two weeks ago — the millage rate declined 5.08 percent while the overall budget went down went 3.76 percent from the previous year.

    Commissioners spent very little time Tuesday evening debating the budget before approving the 2014-15 millage rate and budget by a 3-2 vote.

  • DiGiovanni suggests no change in fire fee until after election

    INVERNESS — The city is unlikely to negotiate a fire-services contract with Sheriff Jeff Dawsy and instead will wait until after the Nov. 4 election to see what the new county commission does with its fire services program, City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said.

    Speaking Wednesday with the Chronicle Editorial Board, DiGiovanni said the city council will discuss the offer at its next meeting, Oct. 7.

  • Riders train for mounted challenges

    LECANTO — Motorists who pass by the field belonging to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse volunteer group on County Road 491 might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of their training.

    Shut down a little after being founded in the 1970s, the mounted posse division was revived by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office in 1997 to be utilized for search-and-rescue operations in rough terrain.

  • Charter school one step closer

    Citrus County School Board members had a dozen questions before they unanimously voted Tuesday to approve an application for a charter that wants to open a storefront facility in Beverly Hills.

    But the final outcome may not be the typical public charter school.

    The five-campus Florida company, MYcroSchool, sent in an application in June for MYcroSchool Citrus. It proposed a public charter high school where 75 to 150 students could earn a high school diploma.

  • County's dog park opens today

    The Board of County Commissioners invites the public and dogs to attend the grand opening of the county’s first public dog park at Bluebird Springs Park in Homosassa. The event is at 9:30 a.m. today at 8950 W. Bluebird Springs Lane in Homosassa.