Local News

  • Virginia man passes Citrus County on his journey around nation

    Walking the perimeter of the United States is a journey of faith, strength and a lot of sneakers.

    For Leroy Levi Bailey of Virginia, it is a pilgrimage dedicated to those who live without a home and survive in the shadows of America’s cities or its beaten tracks.

    Bailey left his hometown of Virginia Beach about four months ago and headed south along the eastern coast of the U.S. with some donated money in his account, a walking stick and a backpack.

  • Fifth annual Sami’s Ride
  • County briefs 10/13/14

    Church-state group meets

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State-Nature Coast Chapter will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road, Inverness.

    The public is welcome to join in the discussion about Constitutional issues pertaining to separation of church and state. 

    For information call 352-344-9211 or email naturecoastau@hotmail.com.

  • Towns start food program

    INGLIS/YANKEETOWN — Food insecurity doesn’t stop at the Citrus/Levy county line.

    Since 2009, hungry Citrus County elementary school children have gone home on Fridays with a backpack or bag of food items so they won’t have to come back to school on Monday morning hungry.

    Recently, some members of the Yankeetown/Inglis Woman’s Club learned that there are between 15 and 20 hungry children in their local school — and even one is too many.

  • Volunteer invites public to make a difference

    USA Weekend Make a Difference Day will be held nationally on Saturday, Oct. 25, and local residents are invited to participate. 

    One activity planned in conjunction with this year’s event is assisting seniors in the Beverly Hills area with tasks around the outside of their homes such as cleaning windows, pulling weeds, cleaning out gutters, sweeping and light landscaping. 

  • CR Council to schedule workshops on water access

    Crystal River council members tonight will attempt to schedule a cool, October day to hold public workshops at various city-owned properties to improve water access points into Crystal River and King’s Bay.

    The morning and afternoon of Friday, Oct. 24, has been scheduled as a tentative date for these nine workshop locations, but is subject to change for weather conditions.

  • Campaign Trail 10/12/14

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

  • TDC hosting workshops to explain tourist tax

    The Tourist Development Council is sponsoring public workshops to help educate citizens on the Tourist Development Tax and their role in collecting tax for transient rentals on the following dates. All workshops will be run from 3 to 5 p.m.

    + Oct. 21, Coastal Region Library, 8619 W. Crystal St., Crystal River;

    + Nov. 5, Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road, Inverness;

  • Halloween heritage

    CRYSTAL RIVER - Small ones, tall ones, young ones and seasoned ones, children of all ages enjoyed the kick-off of fall festivities Saturday at the 27th annual Scarecrow Festival in Crystal River.

    It may have been hot outside, but fall was in the air as sounds of laughter and excitement radiated from attendees playing old-fashioned games, eating fall foods, riding ponies and choosing pumpkins from the pumpkin patch.

  • County briefs 10/12/14

    MOAA wants kids to hear vets’ stories

    The Veterans Appreciation Week Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee will have its annual Veterans in the Classroom program Nov. 5 to 14 as part of its 22nd annual Veterans Appreciation Week activities.