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  • It’s pullin’ time

    Big machines will be taking over the Citrus County Fairgrounds during the annual tractor and truck pull next week. 

    For 18 years, tractors and trucks have made their way to Inverness from all over the Southeast and beyond to compete in the two-day event. 

    The pull is hosted by the Citrus County Fair Association. 

  • Civil rights exhibit opens

    The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum and the Citrus County Historical Society have announced the opening of a new special exhibit produced by the Museum of Florida History, “Civil Rights in the Sunshine State.”

    The exhibit will be on display until Monday, Feb. 27, at the Old Courthouse in downtown Inverness.

  • Party for Lu: State park to celebrate 57th birthday

    By Susan Strawbridge, Special to the Chronicle

    Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will celebrate Lu the hippopotamus’ 57th birthday with two special birthday parties at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. 

    Lu is the oldest living hippo in captivity in North and South America.

  • Puppeteers to perform at wildlife park Saturday

    HOMOSASSA — Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be presenting a new series of Wildlife Puppeteers’ plays at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Discovery Center inside the park. Regular park admission applies for the play.

    Puppet plays

    The title of the new series of plays is “This is your life ... Lu, the hippopotamus!” The puppet play is based on the 1950s television show. 

  • Best Bets 1/20/17

    Friday, Jan. 20

    Friday Night Thunder in downtown Inverness

    The Friday Night Thunder cruise-in free event will be held Friday from 5-8 p.m. in downtown historic Inverness. Please do not arrive prior to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in the fun, have dinner downtown and enjoy the cars. All makes and years of cars and trucks are welcome.

    Country Gold in concert

  • Library to host annual Local Author Fair

    The Citrus County Library System will host the seventh annual Local Author Fair on Saturday at the Homosassa Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

    The Local Author Fair is an opportunity for area writers to showcase their work, network with peers and writing groups, and answer questions from their readers.

  • Celebrating the sea cow
    • WHAT: 30th annual Florida Manatee Festival. 
    • WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15. 
    • WHERE: Downtown Crystal River, at the intersection of Citrus Avenue and U.S. 19, stretching up through the shops and restaurants of Heritage Village and surrounding areas, down to the waterside area along King’s Bay.
    • INFO: Citrus County Chamber of Commerce at 352-795-3149, or www.GoManateeFest.com.

     

  • Party for Lu

    Susan Strawbridge: Special to the Chronicle

    HOMOSASSA — Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will celebrate Lu the hippopotamus’ 57th birthday with two special birthday parties at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. 

    Lu is the oldest living hippo in captivity in North and South America.

  • Park spotlights conservationists

    Susan Strawbridge: Special to the Chronicle

  • MLK observances Saturday, Sunday, Monday

    Celebrations honoring civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are scheduled over the upcoming three days.

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of Citrus County is will host a service at 6 p.m. Saturday at the George Washington Carver Community Center, 95 Three Sisters Spring Trail, Crystal River. The Rev. Doug Alexander from the New Church Without Walls will honor King.