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  • Winter on the Withlacoochee
  • Centers’ resolutions: Awareness, effectiveness

    Nancy Kennedy

    Staff writer

    Although The Centers is located in the center of Citrus County, many aren’t aware of the services it provides.

  • Defiant Trump denies Russian ties

    NEW YORK — A defiant President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday adamantly denied reports that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him, calling it a “tremendous blot” on the record of the intelligence community if material with any such allegations had been released.

  • A fragile flock needs help

    Ziggy’s Haven Bird Sanctuary got a little noisier when over 100 parrots found shelter at the Inverness refuge after enduring horrendous conditions inside the home of a Georgia doctor.

    Investigators with DeKalb County’s animal services and police departments received an anonymous tip in July 2016 that Dr. Abhay Trivedi was hoarding between 100 and 150 animals in his home, according to animal services Director of Enforcement Xan Rawls.

  • Club boots learning center director

    A simmering feud in Old Homosassa over control of the Homosassa Learning Center erupted this week with ouster of the director, the wife of a former Citrus County commissioner.

    The decision was made in mid-December by the Homosassa Civic Club board of directors and announced during the club’s membership meeting Monday night.

  • Duke plans North Florida solar project

    Duke Energy Florida will build a solar power plant in Suwannee County that it plans to have in operation by the end of 2017, the utility announced Wednesday. The plant will be built on 70 acres near Live Oak, east of the existing Suwannee River Power Plant, the announcement said. The facility is planned to produce 8.8 megawatts of power, which would be enough for about 1,700 homes at peak production. Duke also has solar facilities in Taylor and Osceola counties.

  • Senate pitches major higher education changes

    TALLAHASSEE —The Florida Senate on Wednesday released a wide-ranging plan to reshape higher education in the state, including an expansion of Bright Futures scholarships, block tuition for universities, stronger requirements for students to graduate on time and a program to attract high-quality faculty.

    The bills (SB 2 and SB 4) embody initiatives advanced by Senate President Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican who toured all 12 Florida university campuses in the spring.

  • Consultant affirms local TDC using marketing dollars wisely

    LECANTO — Tampa consultant Walter Klages told the Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) exactly what it wanted to hear at its Wednesday meeting: They are investing money wisely in marketing efforts and it’s paying off with more visitors.

  • Kayak launch fix delayed until March

    Solutions to fix the problematic kayak launch at Hunter Springs Park will have to wait for manatee season to finish at the end of March.

    Until then, the launch at the popular Crystal River park will stay closed.

    “It looks that way, something may change,” City Manager Dave Burnell said.

  • Inverness council workshops medical marijuana

    Diane Dobry

    For the Chronicle

    The Inverness City Council met Tuesday at the Inverness Government Center to discuss the recent passage of Florida’s Medical Marijuana Legalization Amendment 2 that would legalize access to full-strength medical marijuana for certain patients.