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  • Let the race begin!

    OZELLO — Early Saturday morning, roughly 50 to 60 triathletes gathered at the Pirates Cove boat ramp at the end of West Ozello Trail to participate in this year’s Ozello Adventure Race.
    Pulsating tunes pumped through speakers near the sign-up booth as people dressed to compete stretched, prepped their bicycles and secured their kayaks in anticipation of starting the race, sponsored this year by the Rotary Club of Crystal River.

  • Phone survey on tap for all-hazards evacuation planning

    Gail Tierney
    Special to the Chronicle

    Starting Monday, April 30, residents living in Citrus and Levy counties may be contacted by telephone to take part in an all-important emergency evacuation planning survey. The reasoning behind the survey is to gather data for use by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office emergency management section to improve evacuation plans for both natural and man-made disasters.

  • Clubs plan car show fundraiser

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County will sponsor the organization’s first car show, Cruisin’ for Kidz, on May 5 at the Love Honda/Motorsports property on U.S. 19 in Homosassa.

    Car entry fee is $15, which includes tickets for two adults. Groups must pre-register and prepay to reserve parking spots together. Cost at the gate is $5, with children younger than 12 admitted for free.

  • Unsolved mysteries of Citrus County

    By Detective  Craig Fass

    On April 11, two suspects entered three houses in Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa. The suspects removed several items, including jewelry and a gun. They returned April 12 and entered another residence in Sugarmill Woods and took jewelry.

    The suspects were driving a gray or white four-door Buick. The vehicle has a customized front license plate that is silver and black. The plate has lettering with two of the letters possibly being “L “or “M.”

  • Seminar offered on alternative work training

    LECANTO — Downsizing has led to a growth in the contingent workforce made up of self-employed professionals, solo entrepreneurs, freelancers, independent contractors and other nonpermanent workers.

    From 1995 through 2012, the total workforce of self-sufficient workers grew by an estimated 4.3 million workers. As estimated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, despite economic downturn, the overall contingent workforce has held steady and is projected to grow to 40 percent, or 64.9 million by 2020.

  • Rockin’ readers

    CITRUS SPRINGS — An Inverness businesswoman continues to make sure children have some extra incentive to read.

    Linda Van Allen presented a pizza party and individual trophies Friday to the six third-grade classes at Citrus Springs Elementary School who out-read their counterparts throughout the Citrus County School District.

    Van Allen, who owns an insurance agency and is the sister of Superintendent of Schools Sandra

  • Judge: State drug testing unconstitutional

    Editor’s note: Due to composition and attribution errors on the part of the Chronicle, this story — which appeared on Page A1 of Friday’s edition — is being re-published.
    The Chronicle regrets the errors and apologizes to readers as well as to state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, to whom an incorrect quote and incorrect background information was attributed.

  • Judge: State drug testing unconstitutional

    Editor’s note: Due to composition and attribution errors on the part of the Chronicle, this story — which appeared on Page A1 of Friday’s edition — is being re-published. The Chronicle regrets the errors and apologizes to readers as well as to state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, to whom an incorrect quote and incorrect background information was attributed.

    The random drug testing of state employees is unconstitutional, a Miami federal judge has ruled.

  • Local girl awaiting transplant

    INVERNESS — On a recent Saturday, Kinsey Bogart was all smiles.

    Shaking her long brown hair she announced, “I’m on the list!”

    The 8-year-old was recently placed on the kidney and heart transplant list.

    Now she and her family wait for a call that can come within days, weeks or months.

    Kinsey was born with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, characterized by the breakdown of red blood cells and which destroyed her kidneys.

  • To the land of Legos

    Editor’s note: Throughout the 2011-12 school year, the Chronicle staff is following the progress of several classrooms across the county during its series School Days, including Connie Kane’s third-grade class at Pleasant Grove Elementary School in Inverness.