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  • Kayaking 101

    If you hit the waterways this weekend, you’ve seen the trend: More and more people are kayaking, and they’re coming to Citrus County to do it.

  • They paid the cost

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    Close to 300 supporters of the military community gathered at the Citrus County Auditorium Saturday morning to commemorate the proud legacy of the Purple Heart and honor Florida’s fallen heroes. 

  • What draws people to Citrus County?

    Ask a good number of people why they moved to Citrus County from northern climes, and they’ll be of one voice: the warm temperatures and sunny skies.

    That’s been pretty much the main motivator for relocations to all of Florida for decades, although the Carolinas and Arizona have been making inroads.

    But Florida remains in the top five states that Americans prefer to move to: the others, according to a recent Harris Poll, are California, Hawaii, Colorado and New York.

  • Fred does it all

    CRYSTAL RIVER — For almost 40 years, Fred Sparkman has cut people’s hair in Crystal River and has become something of a community icon in doing so.

  • Kayak launch back on track

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Hunter Springs Park will soon have its kayak launch back.

    Construction crews with Lecanto-based Daly & Zilch Inc. have been working since Wednesday to repair the problematic launch and its canal at the park’s southeastern coast.

    City Public Works Director Beau Keene said final touches will finish up Feb. 23, opening the launch since unforeseen and extreme low tides forced city staff to close it down in mid-December.

  • Bullets riddle home

    * Anyone with information about the shooting incident is asked to call 911 and ask for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-888-269-8477.


    Citrus County sheriff’s investigators are searching for answers to a Thursday afternoon drive-by shooting of an occupied Beverly Hills home.

  • Help sought to catch robber

    Sheriff’s officials are seeking help in tracking down a man who robbed a Hernando-area gas station Thursday.

    Just before 8 p.m., deputies responded to an alarm at the Sunoco station, located at 1211 N. Florida Ave., where a man walked into the store, threatened a clerk, and demanded money.

  • Fledgling court program for veterans finds early success

    Elisha Neubauer

    For the Chronicle 

    Across America, Veterans Treatment Court has been helping former service members get their lives back on track for years. But, while Citrus County has a large population of veterans, the program was not available here. 

    That is, until this past November. 

  • House moves to withdraw from refugee program

    TALLAHASSEE — State House members took the first step Thursday in seeking to withdraw Florida from a federal refugee-assistance program.

    In a party-line vote, the House Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee supported a measure (HB 427) by Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, that would direct the state refugee coordinator to provide notice by June 30 to the director of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement that Florida will no longer participate in the program effective Dec. 31.

  • College presidents oppose Senate funding proposal

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida college presidents say they are opposed to a new performance-based funding measure that will be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee next week.

    James Henningsen, president of the College of Central Florida, told the State Board of Education on Thursday that the colleges want to stay with the performance standards that the board adopted in 2015.