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  • A primer on the amendments and Citrus County's tax referendum

    Here is some information about the ballot amendments, plus the county’s 1-cent sales surtax for road resurfacing:


    * What the ballot says: Dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands.

  • WTI to WTC: What’s in the name change?

    For old-timers, Withlacoochee Vocational Technical School or Withlacoochee Technical Institute may still roll off of the tongue.

    But now you are going to have to catch yourself and replace these names with Withlacoochee Technical College when referring to the career and technical institution in Inverness.

    With a unanimous vote Tuesday, Citrus County School Board changed the name of the technical center to Withlacoochee Technical College.

  • Campaign Trail 10/19/14

    The Campaign Trail is a weekly announcement of fundraisers, meetings, candidate appearances and the like for this year’s political campaigns. Send information to mwright@chronicleonline.com.

    * The Citrus County Chronicle will have its general election forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the College of Central Florida on County Road 491 in Lecanto. Information: Mike Wright, 352-563-3228.

  • County briefs 10/19/14

    ­‘Cent for Citrus’ workshops on tap

    Interim County Administrator Jeff Rogers has announced there will be public workshops in October for the general public regarding the “Cent for Citrus” referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot. 

    The 1 percent sales tax increase, if approved by voters, would provide funding for resurfacing and maintenance of all county-maintained paved residential roadways. 

  • Making a name

    INVERNESS — Students at Withlacoochee Technical Institute are now in college.

    As of Tuesday night’s Citrus County School Board meeting, WTI shall now be called Withlacoochee Technical College.

    Denise Willis, director of WTC, and approximately 50 students, instructors and citizens crowded the district board room seeking approval to change the name of their institution.

  • Annual festival raises money for restoration of historical school

    HERNANDO — Rita Bosse stood quietly in the Old Hernando Elementary School on Saturday.

    She stared from one empty wall to another empty wall, reminiscing about the days when her children attended the historic school. To her, it seemed like yesterday.

  • Chronicle Forum set Tuesday

    The Citrus County Chronicle will have its general election candidate’s forum on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the College of Central Florida on County Road 491 in Lecanto.

    The forum begins at 7 p.m.; doors open to the public at 6 p.m.

  • Judicial candidates take varied paths

    Denise Dymond Lyn’s uphill battle begins with a handshake.

    Mary Hatcher, on the other hand, continues the status quo.

    Both candidates for 5th Judicial Circuit court judge have far different strategies in the hopes of winning the Nov. 4 election.

    The incumbent, Sandy Kautz, is out, having finished last in a four-way primary race.

  • Grant: HCA doesn't need AG's opinion

    INVERNESS — The bad news: Attorney General Pam Bondi will not issue a formal opinion on the Citrus Memorial hospital transaction.

    The good news: There’s no bad news — probably.

  • Young athletes tackle new skills

    LECANTO — They were the MVPs for the day.

    Untouchable and driven, George Grimes and his buddy Cameron Runnels focused their eyes on the goal — throwing a football through a circular hoop.

    Touchdown — the two smiled from ear to ear at the accomplishment of their newfound skill. 

    “We are playing football with the soldiers,” Grimes said with excitement.