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  • For Citrus Springs library, a new chapter

    From its beginning, the quaint Citrus Springs Memorial Library has been a grassroots, community effort.

    It began in 1977, with a collection that fit on two shelves and a countertop in the garage of Elyce and Charles McGrenra.

  • Welcome Center to close weekends

    CRYSTAL RIVER — This will be the first weekend that the Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau’s Welcome Center will be closed.

    And it will remain closed every Saturday and Sunday for the foreseeable future because of a bureau feasibility study that showed declining weekend visitation numbers. Whether it reopens during busy manatee season this winter is undecided, said bureau director Adam Thomas.

  • If panel gets its way, sidewalks coming to schools

    LECANTO — Members of a local transportation advisory group made it clear Thursday that school safety is a top priority.

    Four of the top five transportation projects on the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Council’s (BPAC) wishlist for the next five years involve sidewalks 

  • Moberley: Delegates outraged with Cruz

    Mike Moberley’s cellphone lit up the moment Sen. Ted Cruz left the stage to boos.

    Moberley’s Republican friends back in Citrus County were letting Moberley know they shared the outrage in Cleveland, Ohio, that Cruz did not endorse Donald Trump for president.

    Moberley, chairman of the Citrus County Republican Party and a delegate to the Republican National Convention, said he and other Florida delegates could see the teleprompter from where they sat.

  • Large hole opens behind Inverness shopping plaza


    Andrew Caplan

    For the Chronicle

    Crews on Wednesday were busily attempting to do what they could to shore up a sizable hole that opened in late June behind the site of the former Kmart in Inverness.

  • Her touch turns glass to art


    Jordan Bomse

    For the Chronicle

    Susan Healy has always liked glasswork.

    At a young age, it interested her. When she took a class in it in 1998, she knew she had found a career.

  • Jury finds Dickerson guilty on all counts

    Jurors found an Inverness man guilty Wednesday of stalking and holding his ex-wife hostage at gunpoint in her own home.

    It took jurors roughly an hour and a half to convict 61-year-old Jeffry Roy Dickerson on charges 

    of aggravated stalking with a firearm, armed burglary, false imprisonment and aggravated assault with a firearm for crimes committed in May of last year.

  • Deputy arrested for solicitation

    A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Wednesday by Hernando County authorities on charges of solicitation and engaging in prostitution.

    Robert Grange, 31, was charged in connection with incident which occurred July 4 in Hernando County, according to CCSO statement released late Wednesday afternoon.

    CCSO fired Grange on Wednesday, and is conducting an internal-affairs investigation. Grange was with CCSO since July 6, 2015.

  • Campaigns move forward with grace

    * An account for the Royal family has been opened at Brannen Bank. Anyone who wishes to make a donation can make it payable to the Phil Royal Memorial Fund. Donations will be accepted at any Brannen Bank branch via mail or in person. Visit brannenbanks.com for branch location and contact information.


    LECANTO — The crowd of 250 people became hushed when George Schmalstig walked to the microphone Wednesday night at the College of Central Florida.

  • Local briefs 7/21/2016

    Youth job fair slated for Tuesday

    High school graduates who do not yet know what they’re going to do once summer fades are invited to get some answers at the inaugural Citrus County Youth Career Expo and Job Fair.

    The career expo and job fair is exclusively for ages 18 to 24. It will be from9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the College of Central Florida’s Citrus campus, 3800 County Road 491 in Lecanto. There is no charge to attend.