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  • Pirate Fest invades Crystal River on Saturday

    Avast ye mateys!

    Pirates on Saturday will invade downtown Crystal River during the city’s annual Kings Bay Pirate Fest.

    Swashbucklers and landlubbers are welcome from noon to 11 p.m. to Citrus Avenue, where several event venues surrounding the U.S. 19 intersection are sure to entertain people of all ages.

  • Kitchen: We’ll provide better fire services

    Citrus County Commissioner Ron Kitchen is predicting residents in two years will see a better equipped fire service at a lower cost.

    Kitchen, who voted with the majority last week to move firefighters from the sheriff’s office to the oversight of county government, told the Chronicle Editorial Board on Wednesday that residents shouldn’t notice any difference the first year.

  • County briefs 5/18/17

    Manager: Streetscape CBG funds possible

    A recent visit to the city of Inverness by representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation and the Department of Community Opportunity brought promising news, City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said Tuesday at the city council meeting.

  • Blast off!

    The wind did not cooperate for Citrus Springs Elementary School fifth-graders on Monday. Students aimed their rockets in one direction, but a meddling breeze sent them soaring elsewhere, with some leaving the school campus and many landing in trees.

    But the day was not lost to the wind. As each student walked up to the launch site, classmates cheered and shouted “3, 2, 1... blast off!” and the rockets flew into the sky.

  • Safety program for deaf, hard-of-hearing

    A Sertoma Water and Bike Safety Program will take place this Saturday in Inverness. It is designed specifically for deaf and hard-of-hearing children from Citrus County and the surrounding areas. There is no cost for children to attend this program.

    The program will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Whispering Pines Park, 1700 Forrest Drive, Inverness, with registration at 9:30 a.m.

  • Coke trafficker gets 7.5 years

    A fifth and final member of a drug trafficking ring made up of Citrus County residents was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced Kendall Lewis, of Lecanto, on May 11 to 7.5 years in prison for his role in transporting several kilograms of cocaine between Houston, Texas, and Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Students slathered in sunshine and fun

    Madison Burkhart squealed as she glided down a waterslide during Rock Crusher Elementary School’s annual wet field day on Tuesday. 

    For three days, every grade at Rock Crusher ditches school work to spend two hours playing under the bright sun to celebrate the upcoming end to school year — and they couldn’t be happier.  

  • Educators blast school bill

    Citrus County School Board members are joining counterparts statewide in calling on Gov. Rick Scott to veto a massive education bill compiled in the waning days of the legislative session, saying the bad components outweigh the good.

    School Board Chairwoman Ginger Bryant signed a district letter to Scott on Tuesday that asks not only for a veto of House Bill 7069, but also to veto funding for two projects that educators say take dollars from classrooms.

  • POSTSCRIPT: Patricia Cloward: Tenacious activist

    One thing about Patricia Cloward: When she set her mind to something, watch out.

    Take the time she went before the board of county commissioners.

    She was on the agenda and when it came her turn to speak, the chairman at the time invited her to the podium, but immediately after she gave her name and address, the chairman announced they were taking a recess.

  • Post office food drive extended

    As a result of the severe weather conditions last Saturday, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Post Office Food Drive fell short in collecting the amount of food needed to help those suffering from food insecurity in Citrus County. Only about 30 percent of the amount of food normally received from this food drive each year was realized.