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  • Half of county workforce leaves Citrus for jobs

    Fifty-four percent of the Citrus County workforce commutes outside the county to work every day and most are going to either Tampa or Ocala, according to data from the Citrus County Economic Development Authority. 

    As high as it might seem, that percentage is well below the highest rate seen in some of the rural counties in Florida such as Dixie County, which has an 86.4 percent commuter outflow rate and Gilchrist County with 85.7 percent worker outflow.

  • Local briefs 4/24/2016

    TOO FAR set to meet April 28

    Art Jones, whose cleanup of the springs of Citrus County began with his idea of “One Rake at a Time,” will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, April 28, meeting of TOO FAR Water & Natural Resource Foundation in Inverness.

    The 7 p.m. meeting will be at the TOO FAR headquarters building, 9228 E. Gospel Island Road, Inverness. 

  • New phone scam targets pro-lifers

    Dee Grimmer did the right thing.

    She recently received a phone call from a woman who said she was with “ProLifeCommittee.org.”

    Her first question: “Are you for or against abortion?”

    When Grimmer said she was against it, the woman replied, “Oh good, then I can talk to you.”

  • Dunnellon man hurt in crash

    A Dunnellon man was critically injured Thursday evening after his motorcycle rear-ended a car at a stoplight on U.S. 19.

    At about 6 p.m., 55-year-old Steven Clark Gaither was riding a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle south on U.S. 19 in the outside lane approaching the intersection with West Power Line Street, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Thrumston: Adams threatened me

    Former Citrus County Commissioner John Thrumston was enjoying the Bellamy Brothers’ fundraising concert Thursday night for Sen. Wilton Simpson when Commissioner Scott Adams wandered over for a brief chat.

    Thrumston, who is considering running for Adams’ District 5 seat this year, said the incumbent made it clear that Thrumston’s campaign trail would be rough.

  • Market report for March shows gain

    The Citrus County housing market in March continued to show significant gains in several key indicators.

    Citrus had 276 closed sales in March, down 6.1 percent from one year ago but up 38 percent from the previous month, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors. The median sales price of those closed transactions was $119,000, up 11.2 percent from $107,000 last year.

  • Search still on for missing Inverness man

    State and local officials continued their search for a missing Inverness man Friday as they released the names of those involved in the boating accident that led to his disappearance.

  • DynaDome roof added to Y pool
  • Atlas in training
  • At specialized church, emphasis on acceptance


    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Finding a church whose purpose is dedicated entirely to serving those with special needs is a rarity. Pleasant Grove Church of Inverness has been providing spiritual guidance to those who are differently abled for almost a year now.

    Pastor Eric Monier hosted a public talk Wednesday at Pleasant Grove Church to discuss the progress of the church and its mission.