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Local News

  • Gas pipeline remains on target

    Sections of pipe are being lowered into the ditch after being welded together as part of Sabal Trail’s construction of a natural gas pipeline. This part of the project is near State Road 50 in Sumter County. Sabal Trail spokeswoman Andrea Grover said 97 percent of the route has been cleared and graded; 75 percent of the pipe has been placed in the ground and clean-up has started on over 36 percent of the route where the pipeline has been completed.

  • Man accepts plea offer for 25 years jail

    A Floral City man accepted an offer Friday to spend a quarter of a century in prison instead of going to trial and facing a mandatory life sentence for sexually abusing a young boy.

    Bobby Joe Greene, 56, pleaded no contest to his charge of sexual battery of a person under the age 12 years old, taking the State Attorney’s Office negotiated plea offer of 25 years in prison.

    Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard ratified Greene’s plea and sanctioned his sentence.

  • Weekly roundup: Let’s get ready to rumble

    Brandon Larrabee

    The News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE — At another time, it might not be unusual for the governor to accuse the House speaker of being more concerned about politics than jobs. It would be notable, though not altogether shocking, for the speaker to respond like Clint Eastwood to talk of the Senate suing the House.

  • Cyclist collides with car

    A Homosassa cyclist was airlifted to a hospital after he collided with a vehicle Thursday afternoon on a Homosassa roadway.

    Douglas Goodwin Smith Jr., 58, was cycling westbound on the right side of West Grover Cleveland Boulevard, west of South Sonny Terrace, according to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report.

    Bobby Gene Walker Jr., 44, and his passenger, Daisy Jane Jolly, 37, both from Crystal River, were also traveling westbound on West Grover Cleveland Boulevard in a gray Cadillac DTS.

  • Final tax notice goes out Feb. 27

    Taxpayers currently paying their 2016 taxes on the quarterly installment plan will be mailed their fourth and final tax notice on Feb. 27. Payment should be postmarked by March 31 to avoid any additional charges.

    To apply for the installment plan for next year (2017 taxes), visit www.citrustc.us. The deadline to apply is April 30.

    In order to qualify, the taxpayer’s 2016 taxes must be more than $100. Those already on the installment plan do not need to reapply for next year.

  • The doctor is in the bay

    Several of Crystal River’s manatees paid the doctor a visit this week.

    Well, the marine mammals didn’t have much choice once a contingent of aquatic veterinarians and researchers netted them on Wednesday and Thursday off the banks of Shatz Island.

    Working with the morning’s low tides along the King’s Bay peninsula, various wildlife and oceanography agencies hauled in eight manatees over the two-day period for extensive health checkups.

  • More stores leave Inverness plaza

    INVERNESS — The list of departing tenants at the beleaguered Inverness Regional Shopping Center has gotten even bigger with the departure of Goodfellows Barbershop and the imminent relocation of Hungry Howie’s Pizza.

    George Edwards, owner of Goodfellows at 1492 N. U.S. 41, had been considering looking for a new place because of the declining condition of the center.

  • Guardian ad Litem program seeking child-advocate volunteers

    * TRAINING: The next GAL volunteer training is Feb. 24-25 in Hernando County. All participants must complete application process prior to training.  

    * VOLUNTEER: To become a volunteer, contact Diana Hollwedel at 352-812-6971 or email Diana.hollwedel@gal.fl.gov. For information, visit www.guardianadlitem5.org.

     

  • The Power of the Purse
  • Local industries investing in kids

    Sharon Anderson

    For the Chronicle

    A local business organization believes investing in children will set the community toward a promising future.

    That’s the logic behind Suncoast Business Masters (SBM) of Citrus County’s choice to donate the proceeds from its annual auction-dinner event to the Early Learning Coalition of Nature Coast (ELCNC) for use in its school readiness programs.