Local News

  • Cornerstone hosting benefit Saturday

    A fundraiser to help pay medical expenses for a woman battling breast cancer is planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness.

    The fundraiser, to benefit Kimberly Juiliano-Horton, will feature musical performances by Marleigh Miller and the band Crosseyed. It will also include a silent auction.

  • Are you serving free coffee?

    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.

    Businesses in Citrus County can email marnold@chronicleonline.com with a business name, address, phone number and the hours customers can receive free coffee on Monday. The Chronicle will publish the list over the weekend.

  • With summer ending, weekends heating up

    From learning about women’s health to beating the sheriff in a race, weekends in Citrus County are shaping up.

    * The Business Women’s Alliance of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Women’s Health and Fitness Expo 9 a.m. Saturday at the Crystal River Mall main entrance. The free event will educate women and those around them about their health, fitness and wellness.

  • PET A PACA: Local farms celebrating National Alpaca Farm Days

    By Rochelle Kaiser

    In honor of National Alpaca Farm Days, two local alpaca farms are opening their gates to residents to visit and see how unique and docile these animals are. Visitors are welcome at both farms from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Nuke auction attracts international interest

    Auction action was fast and furious Wednesday, the first day of Duke Energy’s sale of unused and surplus tools, parts and equipment from the retired Crystal River Nuclear Plant.

    The event runs through Friday and includes a live auction at the Plantation on Crystal River, which is also being webcast for bidding or just viewing online.

  • County website explains sales tax referendum

    The “Cent for Citrus” referendum was approved by the Board of County Commissioners and will be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot. The 1 percent sales tax increase will, if approved, provide funding for resurfacing and maintenance of all county-maintained paved residential roadways, according to a news release from Citrus County government. In an effort to provide citizens with information to make an informed decision, the county has updated its website.

  • Crystal River projects gain momentum

    CRYSTAL RIVER — The city Tree Board received concurrence Monday from the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) board to prepare final contract bids to construct the Cutler Spur landscape plan — a cost estimated at $70,000.

    “We don’t want cheap or quick,” said Tree Board member Harriett “Cajie” Peardon during the Tree Board’s presentation to the CRA board, which is comprised of city council members. “We want quality and sustainability.”

  • Students learn about environment in Jeopardy game

    LECANTO — High school students were buzzer-happy at the Citrus 20/20 high school Environmental Jeopardy competition on Tuesday evening, held as a part of Save Our Waters Week.

    “We look at a lot of stuff that we really don’t really think about, like terminology and organizations,” Citrus High School senior Cory Hopper said.

  • Board OKs accepting FDS trash from Inglis

    INVERNESS — The county commission gave unanimous approval Tuesday night for FDS Disposal to bring trash from Inglis to the Citrus landfill.

  • Board seeks common-sense changes to medication policy

    Citrus County School District officials find themselves between a rock and a hard spot.

    Do they follow Florida School Health Administrative Guidelines and prohibit all medications without a doctor’s authorization? Or do they use common sense in allowing 14,000 students to utilize medications considered harmless, such as ChapStick?