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  • Anonymous donor gives $100K to school foundation

    By Andrew Caplan

    Staff Writer

    The Citrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) has received a $100,000 donation to better further the education of the county’s youth, the organization announced Monday.

    The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, worked with CCEF to implement four programs through the donation.

  • Artist sees the big picture

    Big things were always expected of Vanesssa Fuller-Brown, but mural painting wasn’t what anyone had in mind.

    Born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1967, her American father and moved his family back to the United States in the late 1970s, where her love of the arts began to take root.

  • Board delays utility rate change

    INVERNESS — An eleventh-hour issue raised by consultants with the Sugarmill Woods Civic Association delayed a county commission decision on whether to approve uniform water and sewer rates countywide.

    The victory for Sugarmill may be only temporary, however. The board set a special meeting for Oct. 20 and will advertise the same proposed uniform rates that would bring significant increases for Sugarmill residents while bringing equally significant decreases for other parts of the county.

  • New stores to rise from the ashes of Griff's

    Michael D. Bates

    Staff writer

    INVERNESS — After months of inactivity, plans are moving forward at the old Griff’s Bar in Inverness.

    Moving is the operative word, because once Griff’s is gone, access into the bar’s parking lot will be reconfigured, eliminating the present danger caused by motorists who make illegal left-hand turns across State Road 44 while attempting to reach Joe’s Family Restaurant.

  • Giving gets results

    INVERNESS — If you’re a veteran in Citrus County — and even if you’re not — chances are you know Barbara Mills.

    She started Operation Welcome Home in 2007, was nominated for a Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service, chosen by the 40 & 8 to receive the National Americanism Award in 2011 and was named Chronicle Citizen of the Year in 2007.

  • Giving gets results

    INVERNESS — If you’re a veteran in Citrus County — and even if you’re not — chances are you know Barbara Mills.

    She started Operation Welcome Home in 2007, was nominated for a Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service, chosen by the 40 & 8 to receive the National Americanism Award in 2011 and was named Chronicle Citizen of the Year in 2007.

  • City to help with King's Bay cleanup

    Save Crystal River Inc.’s million-dollar cleanup of King’s Bay will get a helping hand from city government.

    City council approved a motion during its Monday meeting allowing staff to aid the nonprofit organization in reporting and administering a $1.6 million, pilot vacuum-dredging program in northeast King’s Bay.

  • Council gives approval to Riverwalk concept

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Crystal River got one step closer to having a Riverwalk on Monday when officials gave consensus approval to the design framework of a decades-long dream.

  • Commission to set wastewater, landfill rates

    Citrus County commissioners have a full day of business today, beginning with a budget workshop in the morning followed by a lengthy regular agenda in the afternoon.

    The budget workshop begins at 9 a.m. and will cover administration, offices and various other budgets. Commissioners are also scheduled to discuss the budgets of constitutional officers at 5:15 p.m.

    The regular meeting begins at 1 p.m. Agenda items include:

  • Sweltering heat to let up soon

    The temperature in Crystal River today is forecast to hit 93, but the heat index will top out at 105.

    Heading east won’t cool you off much. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Ruskin said Inverness will get up to 94 degrees, though the heat index will be a tad lower at just 103.

    With those kinds of toasty temps, it is no wonder weather and health officials are cautioning people to take care outdoors and practice safe summer skills.