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  • Tarpon Springs man dies in crash

    A Tarpon Springs man was killed Wednesday night after his pickup truck left the road and struck a tree in northeast Citrus County.

    At about 11:33 p.m., 33-year-old Casey D. Jones was driving a 2015 Ford F-250 east on West Dunnellon Road, approaching the intersection with North Chabuad Terrace, according to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report.

  • 'Rockstar' plant takes root

    Something is growing like a weed in Hunters Cove, but it’s probably not what you think.

    Eelgrass planted there experimentally by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) last year is taking root and thriving, district chief scientist Dr. Chris Anastasiou said Thursday.

    “After about no more than one month, these grasses really started taking hold,” Anastasiou said about the district’s revegetation project.

  • School board to probe allegations by commission candidate

    The Citrus County School District has launched an investigation into allegations from State Rep. Jimmie T. Smith of unsafe buildings and instances of grade tampering by school administrators.

    Smith, now a candidate for county commission, said he never made any allegations. He said he told a parent of allegations he had heard from others during his six years in the Legislature but had not passed on to the district because he didn’t know if they had merit.

  • Education made fun

     

    Rochelle Kaiser

    For the Chronicle

    The Homosassa Learning Center is about to celebrate its second anniversary and has made great strides in providing a variety of educational programs for children and adults. New programs are being implemented regularly and others are returning. Soon there won’t be a dull moment at the center.

  • County budget available today

    The county’s proposed 2016-17 budget will be available for public review at noon today at its website, citrusbocc.com.

    The $255.4 million budget calls for a 1.75 percent spending increase with a 1.6 percent cut in the property tax rate. The proposed tax cut from 8.4655 mills to 8.2397 mills is the result of a 1.9 percent increase in the county’s property tax values, according to the proposed budget.

  • District declines to host forum

    Political consultant Lou Newman, who this week lost a client after remarks he made in relation to a candidates’ debate he plans to host, has now lost his venue as well.

    Curtis Peterson Auditorium, where Newman planned to hold his Aug. 17 Republican debate, will not grant Newman’s request to rent the venue because the school district doesn’t allow partisan events at its facilities, assistant superintendent of schools Mike Mullen said.

  • CF to offer more online nursing classes

    Andrew Caplan

    For the Chronicle

    The College of Central Florida will begin adding more online classes to its bachelor of science in nursing curriculum, the college announced Wednesday.

    The move is in effort to accommodate more working nurses, a news release from the college stated.

  • Butterflies and bees casualties in fog of war

    Ann Bourke doesn’t just appreciate butterflies, her Homosassa yard is their home.

    Planting the right amount of milkweed for monarchs, plus plants for swallowtails and cloudless sulphurs, her front yard has been transformed into a butterfly garden, attracting hundreds.

    “There were at least 50 or 60 each day,” she said. “At any one time you could look out and see 20 butterflies.”

  • In battle on bugs, rubber hits road

    Citrus County residents have three days left to bring any tires lying around their property to the landfill to be disposed of at no charge.

  • Nearing retirement, Charlie Dean reflects

    Although Charlie Dean’s official retirement date is still weeks away, he’s already put away his suit jacket and tie in exchange for a pair of worn jeans.

    On Wednesday, the retiring state senator and former Citrus County sheriff stopped by the Chronicle editorial board to reminisce about his time in public service and talk about his plans for the future.