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  • Argenziano’s big splash

    LECANTO — It was Nancy Argenziano’s crowd, and she played a familiar popular tune.

    Argenziano, the former Citrus County legislator who is trying to unseat state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, brought her brashness and bravado to stir up the Citrus 20/20 Save Our Waters candidates’ forum.

    The audience of about 70 people applauded Argenziano while some heckled Smith as the two joined opponent Lynn Dostal and nine county commission candidates in the annual forum at the College of Central Florida.

  • Help local students achieve by pitching in school supplies

    You can help stuff the duck, stuff the bus or let country singer Ryan Weaver pour you a beer or sing you a song at The Grove in Inverness — all to benefit local students with needed school supplies.

    Across the county Saturday, various groups will be collecting school supplies to be distributed to county schools as students return to class Aug. 8. See the fact box below for a list of supplies.

    Here are some ways you can help students get off to a good start with the supplies they need:

  • A $458,000 gift

    INVERNESS — Catherine Verstraete loved her life.

  • CR nuke repair costlier than expected

    TALLAHASSEE — Estimated last year at up to $1.3 billion, repair costs for the damaged Crystal River nuclear facility are “trending higher,” Duke Energy Corp. officials told investors Thursday as the company released its first financial statement since acquiring Progress Energy last month.

  • Water district seeks camp developer/operator in east Citrus

    Wanted: someone with the interest and wherewithal to fix up and run a 170 acre existing campground in the historic Cove of the Withlacoochee, one of the wilder areas of Citrus County.

  • Neighbors' feud ends with a year in jail

    Circuit Judge Ric Howard on Wednesday called Walter J. Seibert’s actions last fall cowardly before sentencing him to nearly a year in county jail.

    This came on the heels of the jury finding Seibert, 59, of Floral City, guilty on a misdemeanor charge of battery. Seibert’s original charge was for aggravated battery with bodily harm for allegedly ambushing a longtime foe and neighbor and hitting him in the face with a ratchet wrench.

  • Man charged with exposing himself to women in public

    By Buster Thompson
    Chronicle Intern

    CRYSTAL RIVER — A Crystal River man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly exposing himself and inappropriately touching women while driving in his car, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • Weeds beware
  • Notebook: Chronicle Political Forum

    INVERNESS — It was standing room only at the Chronicle political forum at the county auditorium Tuesday night.
    While campaign speeches were the focus of the evening, not all the action occurred on stage.

    Here are some observations from the floor:

    * The name of the game was to get people’s attention. Each candidate was given a table to decorate and fill with brochures and campaign material — and swag. Most of the tables stayed with patriotic red, white and blue motifs, with a few exceptions.

  • Sheriff candidates take stage

    The format was somewhat like a modern-day speed dating carousel, but the three candidates vying for the Republican nomination for sheriff managed to get nuggets of their plans across to a packed house Tuesday night.

    More than 500 people turned out for the Chronicle Political Forum before the Aug. 14 primaries.