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  • School board candidates see improvements for the ‘A’ district

    INVERNESS — They all had opinions about how to improve the Citrus County School District. And, their individual views were presented as the only correct approach to what the “A”-rated school district needs if it is to achieve perfection.

    Ten Citrus County School Board candidates — in four races — offered their perspectives Thursday night to approximately 500 people who attended the Citrus County Chronicle’s primary election forum at the Citrus County Auditorium.

  • Couple pump funds to Kenney, Webb

     

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    Businessman Steve Lamb and his wife infused cash into the campaigns of Commissioner John “JJ” Kenney and former commissioner Winn Webb to help each with the Aug. 26 primary, which is just 10 days away.

  • Beverly Hills man charged with molesting 4-year-old

    James M. Boyes, 30, of Beverly Hills, has been charged with molesting a 4-year-old girl.

    The complainant was alerted to allegations that Boyes had sexual contact with a 7-year-old in Ohio two years ago. When the complainant asked the 4-year-old Citrus County child if anyone had touched her inappropriately, she indicated Boyes had touched her genital area.

    When the complainant confronted Boyes, he said the child was lying. The complainant then brought the child before Boyes and the child repeated her allegation.

  • Students looking for next great idea

    Citrus County’s next innovative business idea could come from Inverness Middle School.

    Some of the students spent a class period Friday learning about economic development.

    In addition to basic principles and definitions, they heard a case study and aspects of the local business climate from Citrus County Economic Development Council Executive Director Don Taylor and EDC manager Ardath Prendergast.

  • Candidates take the stage

    INVERNESS — The incumbent and the three challengers vying for circuit court judge highlighted their various approaches to the job before hundreds of Citrus County residents Thursday night at the Chronicle’s political forum.

    Family law Judge Sandy Kautz and her challengers — Denise Dymond Lyn, Mary Hatcher and Bo Samargya — all focused on what makes them uniquely qualified for the job.

    Dymond Lyn, who was the first to speak, emphasized service to country and community and her experience.

  • A stitch and time

    Aaron Leffew would never strike you as someone who would entertain long yarns nor partake in endeavors some would regard as somewhat grandmotherly.

    But Leffew, whose head is shaved and has his body painted with tattoos including two sleeves and knuckle letters that read “VENGEFUL,” has a surprising turn in his personality and image.

    Leffew enjoys knitting or crocheting, and he is among about 20 men and women at the Citrus County Detention Facility who participate in knitting circles.

  • School board candidates see improvements for the ‘A’ district

    INVERNESS — They all had opinions about how to improve the Citrus County School District. And, their individual views were presented as the only correct approach to what the ‘A’-rated school district needs if it is to achieve perfection.

    Ten Citrus County School Board candidates — in four races — offered their perspectives Thursday night to approximately 500 people who attended the CitrusCountyChronicle’s primary election forum at the Citrus County Auditorium.

  • Early voting for primary starts today

    Citrus County Supervisor of Elections Susan Gill has announced that the opening of early voting for the primary election will run from Friday, Aug. 15 to Saturday, Aug. 23. Operation hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for all eligible voters. 

    There are four early voting sites: Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills; Crystal River area elections office, 1540 N. Meadowcrest Blvd.; Homosassa Public Library, 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave., and the Inverness Government Center, 212 W. Main St. 

  • Stan Solovich: A family man for everybody
     
    LECANTO — If you ever wanted to know anything about sports, especially Detroit sports, Stan Solovich was your go-to guy.
    Lions, Tigers, Red Wings, as well as Gators and local high school football teams, he loved it all with every fiber of his being.
    He also loved people. He loved selling, whether it was furniture or advertising. He loved eating sweets.
  • Election hopefuls have clashing visions of county's future

    INVERNESS — County commission candidates agree on one thing: This year’s election is a referendum on the state of the county.

    That’s where the agreement ended Thursday night, when about 500 people attended the Citrus County Chronicle’s primary forum at the Citrus County Auditorium.