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  • Monday Conversation - Eric Head

    BEVERLY HILLS — Eric Head, Citrus County Library System (CCLS) director of library services, grew up at the library.

    Every day after school, he would walk across the street from Homosassa Elementary to the tiny library behind the fire station where his mother, Wylene Head, worked as a librarian. She retired in 2011 after 35 years.

  • YMCA sets $8M fundraising goal

    BEVERLY HILLS — “Why the Y” questions were answered Wednesday at a citizens’ gathering.

    “There has been some talk about why we didn’t build the YMCA right here in Beverly Hills Circle,” said Gerry Mulligan, Chronicle publisher and capital committee co-chairman of the Suncoast YMCA Citrus County branch, speaking at a meeting of the Citrus County Council, a nonprofit consortium of homeowner associations, civic clubs and environmental groups.

  • Food fight

    With wings fully spread and on the attack, this subadult American bald eagle swoops down on an adult perched on a limb atop a pine tree near the Central Landfill in Lecanto.

  • YMCA sets $8M fundraising goal

    BEVERLY HILLS — “Why the Y” questions were answered Wednesday at a citizens’ gathering.

    “There has been some talk about why we didn’t build the YMCA right here in Beverly Hills Circle,” said Gerry Mulligan, Chronicle publisher and capital committee co-chairman of the Suncoast YMCA Citrus County branch, speaking at a meeting of the Citrus County Council, a nonprofit consortium of homeowner associations, civic clubs and environmental groups.

  • Search continues for missing pilot

    Multi-agency law enforcement search crews and volunteers battled thick underbrush Thursday in the dense southern portion of the Citrus tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest in their efforts to locate a missing single-engine plane and its 74-year-old pilot.

  • Students whip up cool treat for school board

    INVERNESS — The typical Citrus County School Board meeting normally consists of countless proposals, reviews and decision making.

    However, Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting was a little unusual for about 20 minutes.

    Grapes, bananas and strawberries were the topic up for discussion.

    Lecanto Primary School physical education teacher Dianna Bandhauer brought three of her students to stir up a concoction for those in attendance — a fruit smoothie.

  • Golden volunteers

    INVERNESS — Age is only a number when it comes to volunteering.

    “We have 457 volunteers who serve in 51 different departments,” said Penny Zaphel, manager of volunteer services at Citrus Memorial hospital. “Of those volunteers, 105 are over 80 years of age and we have six active volunteers over 90 years young.”

    In fact, one of their transport volunteers, Glen Bortelli, will be celebrating his 100th birthday in September and still works two four-hour shifts a week.

  • TDC: Bed tax posting better numbers

    February was a strong month for Citrus County tourism based on room taxes collected and hotel occupancy rates. 

    The Tourism Development Council also learned Wednesday the county is trending well ahead of last year, which reversed several years of decline.

    The tourism tax, known as the bed tax, is charged to visitors using hotel rooms, campsites and other forms of short-term lodging. 

  • Clandestine memories

    HOMOSASSA — Some seniors take cruises as a vacation, some visit relatives.

    Some smuggle money into a struggling foreign country.

    That’s the story Sunflower Springs resident Catherine Wisehart told other residents at the monthly “Chit Chat” program.

    Now 95, Wisehart was 76 at the time and her sister, Lois, was 82 when they decided they would smuggle $30,000 into Poland.

  • Search intensifies for missing plane

    Search teams arrayed their resources Wednesday across the 50,000-acre expanse of the Citrus tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest in a bid to find a missing pilot and his kit plane.