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  • Help sought in locating man

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing and endangered Hernando man who may be suicidal.

    Authorities have been looking for 45-year-old Donald Edward Schneider since Monday. Schneider was last seen at his home in Hernando, where he fled following a disturbance, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • Homestead deadline approaches

    The 2017 deadline is just two weeks away for filing of homestead and other exemptions and classifications. Applications may either be hand delivered or mailed and postmarked no later than Wednesday, March 1. For eligibility, a complete application with all supporting documentation is required. This deadline applies to:

    * Homestead exemption

    * Widow/widower exemption

    * All veterans disability exemptions

  • Stalking allegations lead to man's arrest

    A Homosassa man is facing a felony stalking charge after being accused Tuesday of making several threats, allegedly to kill his ex-girlfriend’s friend, while carrying a firearm. 

    James Douglas Patton’s ex-girlfriend met with a Citrus County sheriff’s detective on Feb. 3, accusing 71-year-old Patton of harassing her and threatening to kill a friend of hers on multiple occasions over several months, according to Patton’s arrest report.

  • School rezoning plan gets green light

    Gwen Bittner

    For the Chronicle

    The Citrus County School Board voted Tuesday to rezone nearly 300 students from three elementary schools and one middle school in an effort to alleviate overcrowding.

    The board reviewed a rezoning proposal and directed staff to move forward with boundary changes affecting students attending Pleasant Grove Elementary, Inverness Primary, Lecanto Primary, and Citrus Springs Middle schools.

  • ‘Likely waterspout’ indicated

    Although no weather-spotters reported witnessing it, a “likely waterspout” occurred offshore Homosassa on Wednesday, putting Citrus County under a tornado warning that afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

    As bands of thunderstorms were passing through, NWS radars detected a possible tornado at 2:45 p.m. 9 miles southeast of the Homosassa coast, moving northeast and approaching shore at 55 mph, according to NWS.

  • 12-hour event aims to promote Whispering Pines Park

    INVERNESS — Step into nature and hit the trails at the Whispering Pines 12 Hour Run/Walk from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Whispering Pines Park in Inverness.

    “Whispering Pines Park is a lovely spot in the heart of Inverness that many people take for granted,” said event organizer Terri Hayes. “My goal for the last four years has been to get the community in nature to appreciate the park in our back yard.”

  • 'Drug den' busted, four charged

    Citrus County Sheriff’s SWAT Team members busted a Hernando-area drug den early Wednesday morning, charging several of its inhabitants.

    Members of the sheriff’s Tactical Impact Unit worked with deputies to gather evidence for a warrant to search the home at 4638 N. Tumbleweed Trail, where several instances of drug use, thefts and overdoses were reported, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • Deer Boardwalk ceremony set for Friday

    Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park will hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the park’s new Deer Boardwalk at 2 p.m. Friday. 

    This has been a major undertaking of the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, which raised $100,000 to complete the project. 

    “It was always my goal to get the people to the deer,” said Joe Dube, past president of the Friends.

  • One Rake work location to shift

    The One Rake at a Time project will continue to suspend its cleanup operations at Hunter Springs Park in Crystal River. Cleanups have been suspended since January because the same hazardous rocks that caused the closing of the kayak launch make it unsafe for volunteers to work at low tide cleaning Lyngbya algae out of the swimming area, according to Art Jones, president of One Rake at a Time.

  • Authorities issue scam alert

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a trending scam.

    According to authorities, a person claiming to be with an electric company calls victims, saying their account with the company is insufficient and that they need to pay now before their power is shut off.

    The caller tells the victim they need to go to a store and buy large amounts of Green-Dot prepaid cards or other gift cards. Then the caller convinces them to send the card numbers to them.