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  • Help feed Citrus County

    People are hungry in Citrus County.

    Sixty-two percent of school-aged children receive free- or reduced-price school lunches.

    One out of six adults and one out of four children — or 17 percent of Citrus County’s population — live below the poverty level.

    That’s more than 24,000 men, women and children who struggle daily to pay their bills and put food on the table.

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    Two injured Tuesday in small plane crash

    A 49-year-old male piloting an experimental aircraft and a passenger, a male in his 20s, were injured Tuesday morning when the craft crashed at the Dunnellon-Marion County Airport.

    The pilot was transported as a trauma alert. The passenger did not sustain life-threatening injuries, a Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) spokeswoman said.

  • Court digest: Sex with an inmate nets probation for woman

    On Tuesday, Judge Richard Howard accepted a guilty plea from Kimberly A. Vernon, charged with sexual misconduct between a detention facility employee and an inmate. 

    Vernon, 42, of Citrus Springs, a former food service worker at the Citrus County jail, was arrested in September on charges of having sex with an inmate.

    The report claims she engaged in sexual conduct with a federal prisoner on various occasions between May 30 and Sept. 17. 

  • Guardian of the children

    Best-selling author and Citrus County resident Gay Courter says at age 45 she felt the tug of a new calling — becoming a voice for among the most vulnerable: children in distress.

    And Courter, who is now 70, continues to carry the torch of volunteerism as a Guardian Ad Litem and the plight of children who sometimes find themselves involuntarily involved in legal dependency system.

  • Make a local difference

    What difference does a package of pasta or a jar of peanut butter make?

    Well, if every household puts out just one of each at the mailbox for the postal carrier to pick up on Saturday for the Make A Difference Day Annual Post Office Food Drive, that would amount to tens of thousands of basic staple food items for local hungry families.

    Eight local food pantries depend on it.

  • Chronicle forum Tuesday night at CF

    The Citrus County Chronicle’s general election candidates forum is at 7 p.m. today at the College of Central Florida in Lecanto. The college is on County Road 491 about 3 miles south of State Road 44. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    The forum will feature a debate format for Citrus County Commission District 2 candidates and U.S. House of Representatives District 11 candidates.

  • Artist sculpts aquatic beauty

    Ed Youngblood

    Special to the Chronicle

    Sitting in Kevin Jenkins’ Homosassa studio is like lounging at the bottom of the sea. All around and overhead are fish. There are dozens of them, and some are as large as 10 feet in length. But these fish are not flesh and blood. They are made of metal — the work product of an acclaimed copper sculptor with a worldwide clientele. 

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  • A forum for local authors

    HOMOSASSA — A dedicated reader of a particular author might never get the opportunity to meet her favorite writer to discuss the books she reads over and over again.

    Readers of Citrus County authors were able to get that chance on Saturday during the Fifth Annual Local Author Fair at the Homosassa Public Library.

  • Dental clinic director forced to resign over confrontation

    The executive director of Nature Coast Ministries, which operates the Samaritans dental clinic in Homosassa, is resigning after an angry confrontation with a food pantry volunteer last week in the building shared by charities.

    Tom Slagle, who has led Nature Coast Ministries for four years and is also the dental clinic director, is accused of grabbing We Care Food Pantry office manager Nancy Herne last Tuesday afternoon in the Catholic Charities offices.