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  • School board accepts YMCA bid

    Parents currently unable to afford before- and after-school care for their children will be able to do so next school year.

    Citrus County School Board members voted 5-0 Tuesday to award the bid of before- and after-school care services to the YMCA of the Suncoast.

    In the past, the school district partnered with the Withlacoochee Technical Institute for these services as a training program for adult certification. However, this program has since been discontinued at the institution.

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  • POSTSCRIPT -Mazie Welch: Above all, a mom

    INVERNESS — Mazie Marie Welch was above all else, a mom.

    It was her passion and her calling, and she did it right well.

    She was the mom who made sure your clothes were, if not the latest fashion, then at least clean and pressed.

  • Board raises dust on landfill

    INVERNESS — A decision to conduct a study about the future of the county landfill stirred up debris from the past.

    By at 4-1 vote on Tuesday, the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) agreed to retain Government Services Group (GSG) to develop a solid waste management strategic plan.

  • April dedicated to springs conservation

    April has been declared Springs Protection Awareness Month in Florida.

    Florida’s springs have been prominent in the news this year since Gov. Rick Scott announced his Fiscal Year 2014/2015 budget includes $55 million for springs restoration, protection and preservation. 

    It followed $37 million for Florida’s springs in 2013.

  • Pedestrian killed on U.S. 19

    A Marion County man was struck and killed shortly after 10 p.m. Monday near the intersection of U.S. 19 and S.E. King’s Bay Drive in Crystal River.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by Elisa Willis of Homosassa was southbound on U.S. 19 when pedestrian Douglas Lewis Bain, 58, of Gainesville ran eastbound from the west shoulder of the highway into the path of Willis’ vehicle.

  • Searchers comb forest for missing plane

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies combed the woods of the Withlacoochee State Forest on Tuesday looking for a pilot and his experimental aircraft that may have crashed there this past weekend. Aviation units searched overnight and ground units are scheduled to resume searching today.

  • Sustainable gardens focus of workshop

    Citrus County Florida-Friendly Landscaping is offering a free workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, to discuss designing a sustainable garden.

    This workshop will discuss establishment and maintenance of the lawn and landscape. Lawn areas in Florida landscapes require more time, chemicals and supplemental irrigation than up north. Best Management Practices will be discussed and identification of nutritional, insect and turf diseases will be shared.

  • Saturday transit service offered

    Citrus County Transit will begin offering Saturday service starting May 3, as approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

    Saturday service will have the same hours of operation as Monday-Friday buses, operating from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the same schedule. The fare for the Orange Line is $2 all day, $1 one way.

    Deviation requests for Saturdays will need to be called in by 3 p.m. the Friday before the request. Regular para-transit door-to-door service will not operate on Saturdays.

  • Vets Week planning meeting is April 16

    The Veterans Appreciation Week Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee will conduct its monthly coordination meeting for Citrus County’s 22nd annual Veterans Appreciation Week at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the conference room of the Citrus County Chronicle, 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River.

    All veteran service organizations are encouraged to send representatives to participate in the planning process. Individual veterans are also welcome. Any organization or person desiring additional information should contact Chris Gregoriou at 352-795-7000.